Saturday I didn't run at all. I woke up to snow/sleet/yucky rain. Instead I went with my cousin and her friend to Navy Pier to pick up our packets for the Shamrock Shuffle. I ended up splurging on a cute hoodie, and convinced my cousin AND her friend to get Spibelts! 2 more converts! Then we had lunch at Harry Caray's Tavern... so really I wasn't TOO disappointed that I didn't get out there and run.
Sunday morning was freaking FREEZING. Like 32 degrees when I left my house. Showing off my Team Pikermi shirt has to wait another week, as I had another layer on top of it. I could have worn the hoodie, but I wasn't sure if it would still be raining or not.
I was in the first wave. I felt important to be starting first. PLUS my corral was not too crowded at all, I didn't have to run around slow people at the beginning, and I was able to run MY race the entire time. Except for when 3, yes 3 hobos, crossed the street in front of me. Like there aren't 25,000 people running down the road.
Garmin didn't lose me at all, even in tunnels and around the tall buildings such as the Whatcha Talking 'Bout Willis Tower, aka the Sears Tower. I was amazed. Put Garmin downtown, no problem. Put him at Belmont Harbor, all hell breaks loose. Whatever.
I get to just before mile 2 when I hear, "Hey Mo, Nice A$$!" It was my bff from college (Mike) cheering for me on the sidewalk. LOL he is awesome and it was great to see him! Oh and btw, I finished mile 2 in 7:56! First time I've gone sub-8:00 since high school! Amazing!
Seriously I was just cruising through the miles. I got to the 5K mark in 25:22! Only 30 seconds off my PR, which tells me that maybe, just maybe, I can beat that at some point in 2010.
Up the last big hill (Roosevelt Rd, same as the end of the Chicago Marathon), I sprinted and gave it everything I had. Final time - 39:19. Good enough for an A goal and an 8K PR I can gladly retire... until next year that is!