This race sneaked up on me. I remember signing up for the Soldier Field 10 miler back in January, but somehow I didn’t give it much thought until last week when I noticed it was on my calendar. I was still recovering from doing the Flying Pig Marathon a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t have very high expectations. Mostly, I was hoping to finish in under 1:20. I’m happy to report that I did that and joggled the race even better than expected.
The Soldier Field 10 miler is a pretty cool race here in Chicago. You get to finish on Soldier Field! It is always around Memorial Day weekend and helps kick off the fall marathon training season. It is a great race to let you know where you are in your training and how much you have left to do. Here is my recap of the 2012 Soldier Field 10 miler .
Here are some of the results that I’ve had in this race over the years.
So, I’m not as fast as I was in 2009, but I did have my second fastest Soldier Field race. This is more significant because I am technically still recovering from the Flying Pig marathon. I’ve gotta be happy with that.
The race was pretty standard. We had excellent weather, except for a little wind, and the crowd was great. I started off the race in a slightly bad mood because life conspired against me. First, despite leaving for the race 90 minutes early, I missed the starting gun. Public transportation took a super long time. Then when I got there, gear check was not in a convenient place. This is my only significant complaint about this race. They need a better gear check system!
After being told I would have to wait a half hour and start the race in a slower runner corral, I managed to sneak my way into my correct corral. Fortunately, I was only a few minutes behind the start that I was supposed to have.
The run was great. I kept a nice steady joggling pace and didn’t think much about anything except the podcasts I was listening to. I skipped all the water stops, fought a stiff headwind on the return path, and passed people the entire way. This was one of the only races where I didn’t start off too fast.
I didn’t know what my pace was until I passed the 1:20 pace group somewhere around mile 6. The rest of the way all I could think was to not let that group catch up to me. There was also a guy I knew from high school who caught up to me somewhere around mile 4. He was a great runner in high school and always beats me in these races. I was very surprised he was running at my pace. We chatted a bit and he told me he had been injured and wasn’t running much this year. That explains how I kept up with him. In fact, I surged ahead of him around mile 5. He caught me again at mile 7, but I fought him off and am pretty sure ended up finishing ahead of him. I was pleased about that.
When I sprinted to the final stretch and down the football field in the stadium, I had no idea what my time was. I felt good and even nailed my trick where I throw the bean bag up over the finish line and catch it on the other side.
I stopped the watch and was shocked when it read 1:16:44. I thought it would be more like 1:18.
Well, that knocks off another race for the year. One of my goals was to joggle a marathon, half marathon, 10 miler, 10K, 8K, and 5K. I’ve already completed three of these races & am doing a half marathon in 2 weeks. Looks like this joggling goal is going to get done!