I've been wanting to do this race for a while, but I'm not a huge fan of cold weather running. I checked the forecast a week before the race, and the weather looked perfect. Low 40s, high 50s. So then I decided to sign up and give it a go.
Mr. Simon and I before race.
Since the Chicago Marathon, I haven't been running all that much (was that already 3 weeks ago??). I figured since I just did 26.2 miles, I could easily do 13.1. And I did do it... but it wasn't all that easy. The weather was in the low 30s, which was fine. I just don't like running in 10 degree weather. I overdressed like I always do. I had on three layers, and took off the first layer just after the first mile. I felt great after taking off that first layer. It was windy, so I didn't feel too warm.
I've ran this course many times... Clayton to Forest Park and back. I knew it was going to be hilly. I appreciated the hills in the beginning, but by mile 12, I was sick of the hills. I was just so tired!! I started out fast, hoping for a PR. But I dropped back around mile 8. I think that was about the time I had an energy drink, and it just killed my tummy. Also, I was playing tag with this one guy, but he reeked of cologne so I found that highly annoying. What is the point of wearing cologne while running??? Please don't do it.
Felt like shit, and looked like it too.
Anyways, 2014 isn't going to be the year of the PR.