Completed #67 — Run an Organized Race Start to Finish

Mar 30, 2009 by

One down, 100 to go!!

Yesterday I completed the 8k (5mi) 30th Annual Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago!

The weather was miserable, cold and snowy, and over half the people registered for the race didn’t show.  I did, though, and so did Patti Maureen (who talked me into this way back at New Year’s).
Here’s an article from the Tribune about how “tough” we were!  Ha! 

And, of course, there are pictures.
I placed 11996 out of 13,294 finishers with a time of exactly 1 hour.  
This makes me pretty happy, because that’s exactly a twelve-minute mile and I was running a 13-minute in my training.  I even started off in the 13-minute start corral.  

My only goals going in were:
  • Finish the race
  • Don’t be dead last
Those I achieved.
I am happy.

This was a big deal for me, as it was the challenge that I set for myself which inspired the other 100.  I am not a naturally athletic person, so to train for three months to exert myself physically is not only unusual, it makes me insanely proud.

I leave you with this conversation I had with Dad after the race:
Me: Dad, I ran 8k in a blizzard!  Are you proud of me?
Dad:  Wow, Chel, I always thought you were smarter than that.
Me:  I just want you to love me like you love your other children who play sports!
Dad: Yes, but I’ve always told people you’re the smart one.  Now what am I supposed to tell them?

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