So I am finally back from Chicago where I finished my first ever Urbanathlon. I beat my personal goal of an 8:30 mile with an 8:22 and I am super stoked about the result. The best part was that I felt great at the end of the race and I know I could have run it even faster! The obstacles were great motivators. I could feel as I closed in on them the urge to run faster and pound through them. As I tackled an obstacle a surge of endorphins rushed in and catapulted me onto the next one. I can see these types of races becoming significantly more popular in the future.
Dan and I woke up at 6am to start getting ready for the race. It was cloudy and cool out, but the weather forecast promised no rain and temps in the high forties. Perfect running weather for me. As we jogged the mile and a half down to the starting line the clouds darkened up and half pea sized hail started falling from the sky. This was not going to be a fun race I thought. At least the hail doesn’t soak your clothes, it just bounces off and stays on the ground. We checked our bags and walked around the tent city. Free beer, a climbing wall and free swag awaited us post finish. By the time the race started the clouds had parted and bits of sun were poking through. The perfect race weather was here! Thank goodness since I decided to take my chances and run in just shorts and a t-shirt.
Dan and I started together and he was kind to keep me company for the first mile and then off he went while I trotted at my own pace. I was petrified of the 500+ stairs near the end of the race and how much they would exhaust me. Would I be able to make it over the final wall?