Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap

date July 21, 2019 location Chicago, IL

The weather was a big concern going into the 2019 Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon. The previous couple of days the temperature nearly hit 100 degrees F, and the race organizers pulled out several stops to make sure the race would go off smoothly, including cancelling the 5K, adding additional water stops, and sending out a running-in-the-heat email, imploring runners not to push it too much. The weather gods decided to spare us, however, and we were blessed with a 70 degree temperature at the race start with minimal wind and no rain.

My goal going into the race was 1:23:00 and I hit it dead on (6:20/mi)!

Some notes from the race:
* I have a really solid understanding of my fitness, and I went out at a pace that I maintained well throughout the race
* Pre-race planning went without a hitch, nutrition went well, race time arrival, and race-week runs had me well-prepared
* I had one hiccup: a shoelace came untied which has never happened to me in either a race or training
* Notice to other runners: Don’t stop in the middle of a water station (there may be people behind you trying to run through it)
* The race was one of the most organized I have ever run: There were several well-marked corrals, a plethora of water stations, and the course was clearly marked
* I made a last second decision to bring along my heart rate monitor and I'm glad I did (there isn't a consensus on whether one should or should not during a race). The GPS was iffy (see below) and I used the HRM to inform my pace throughout the race. I was also surprised to see my heart rate go down a few bpm after dousing myself with water at one of the stations.

Attention Chicago Race Organizers: Why does every race have to start by sending us through Lower Wacker, a GPS wasteland, making it impossible to set the right pace during the first mile of the race

Teddy sporting the finish medal.