Race to Taste 5k
This morning I just tied my 5k PR in the annual Race to Taste in Chicago (27:08 8:44/mile). It's always a fun race and a part of the giant Taste of Chicago festivities in Grant Park. This year sported a new, hillier, course that included Mt. Roosevelt, getting on and off LSD, the hill going around Soldier's Field, and the underpass by the museum campus. A really nice course though! I felt good the whole way through and had I known that I would have been close to my PR (more on that later) should have given it a little more at the end and gotten at least a second or two off.
So why didn't I know my time? Well, sadly, this was probably the worst run race I've ever been a part of. It started about 15 minutes late because they were still checking people in (there were 2 workers to check in 4,000 runners), all of the clocks on the course were at different times. I knew I had a good mile 1, but then when I got to mile 2, it said that I had done that whole second mile in less than 8 minutes which I knew was wrong. Then the mile 3 clock said I was already over 27:30 and I turned the corner to see the clock at the finish line a second later and it's still in the high 26's. And then after the race, the gear check line was over an hour and a half because they hadn't thought to put the 4,000 bags in any kind of order.
That said, I really do love this race. It's the first one I ever ran so it holds a special place in my heart :) And who doesn't love running to the Taste of Chicago, the best summer festival around :)
Speaking of the taste, there are even more veggie options this year as Soul Veg has joined the crowd! Yay!