Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Biggest Loser RunWalk 5K Chicago 2015 Race Recap

August 2nd was such an amazing day!!!! I participated in The Biggest Loser RunWalk in Chicago and it was without a doubt, such an amazing and inspiring event.

My day didn't start off so grand. I woke up at 5:45 AM with horrible pain in my ribs, which eventually went away right before I started the race. I wasn't hungry, but knew I had to eat. Then again, on race morning... when am I ever hungry?! My stomach was a little upset and my enthusiasm for this race was NOWHERE to be found. I wasn't hyped up, I wasn't excited.... I was just tired and in pain. Still dealing with rib pain, I arrive (AND EARLY MIGHT I ADD lol) to check-in. It was a fast and painless process. My family and I walked around for a little bit until it was time for our wave (the last wave of the morning). We were in the walking wave because we had a stroller. If you had plans on running with a stroller you had to start behind the runners with the walkers in their wave and I didn't think that was fair, so I ended up just signing us up for the walking division. I had a wedding to attend AND a 10K the following weekend, so I knew I wouldn't really feel like running anyways. It did work out in my favor though. That morning, I was so glad I signed up for the walking category to just speed walk it because of my rib pain.

As we are walking over to the starting line, the announcer came on the speaker and announced that this would be the last wave of the morning. They had the half marathoners start first, then the 5K run category, and then the 5K walk category (and any runners with strollers). As I was trying to get into a better mood to enjoy the experience and the inspiration, my rib pain started fading away! YAY! The announcer was talking to some participants up front and he was asking people how much weight they had lost and sharing some inspirational short stories. When that was finished they started playing one of my favorite songs from Guns N Roses, Sweet Child O Mine. I started dancing and it greatly picked up my mood and enthusiasm and my pain was completely gone. I was ready to rock this. Our wave was let go and after we passed the starting line, I started my own music.

I actually enjoyed speed walking the entire thing. I felt light on my feet and fast. Not fast enough to get an overall in the walk division, but just fast enough to place in the top 3 in my age division!!!! What?! Yep! After the race we sat down under a tree to get away from the sun and to relax for a bit and have a bite to eat. Come to find out.... I can't eat bananas after a race. I get extremely nauseous if I do.

After we got done eating, we stuck around for awards and to check out the festival some more. The weather was sticky and nasty. It was very hot! 92 degrees. The Biggest Loser had a booth promoting their resort and they were holding a challenge with prizes. They had a wheel to spin, which had the prize listed on it along with what exercise move and number of reps you had to complete to win the prize. Hubby did the challenge, but I decided not to because I was a little nervous. Hubby had to do 25 push ups and the prize for that was a Biggest Loser Headband.

A group doing The Biggest Loser Challenge - Squats.

Hubby doing The Biggest Loser Challenge - 25 push ups.

After hubby took the challenge, we were getting ready to leave because the awards ceremony was running late and we wanted to move on with the rest of our plans while in Chicago. We start packing things up and head on over to the race results board to see if our results were posted yet. They weren't, so we started walking away until we hear a lady on the mic onstage say that they were starting the awards for the walk category. We turn around to come back and on our way towards the stage we hear my name!!!!! They called me out for 3rd place in my age division. I couldn't believe it! Then again, I am a runner though and never walk an entire 5K, until The Biggest Loser RunWalk. I was so proud. According to the results, I was 5 seconds away from losing my 3rd place. Yikes! That's close!! Between me and the person who got 2nd place, the timing was a little over a minute apart. Then, they called out awards for the guys. Hubby got 1st place in his age division!!! Woot woot!! I thought the awards ceremony was very disorganized. I wasn't the only one.

I will be back next year for that legacy medal. Doing the same race 2 years in a row equals the legacy medal! Yay for double medal races!!!! I thought the race was very inspirational. It was a race to celebrate all that we have accomplished so far with weight loss, fitness goals, etc. I recommend this race to anyone and everyone!! It's an all around good time filled with inspiration and motivation. Speaking of inspiration and motivation, about an hour after hubby and I left, we walked down the race course along the lake and found other finishers hanging around and as we passed each other, we congratulated one another. Bikers on the course were extremely friendly and congratulating us and everyone on the path they saw with medals and bibs. We came across a large woman still huffing and puffing on the course doing her race. We walked up to congratulate her and before we could even speak a word, she said, "Congratulations, you guys!" I asked her if she was doing the half marathon and she said yeah. I walked with her for a minute and went on to tell her how inspirational she was and to congratulate her. I shook her hand and we went our separate ways. I was going to ask her if she wanted some company and someone to finish with her, but it looked like someone had already beat me to it.

This is what The Biggest Loser RunWalk is all about. This has to be one of the most inspirational races that I have been apart of. I love the inspirational and supportive atmosphere. This girl has me wanting to train for a half marathon next year!! To walk it anyways!

Swag - The swag bag was pretty awesome. I love the drawstring bag and shirt!

Aside from the finisher's medal, we also got these awesome towels at the finish line.

Hubs and I ended up walking another 4 miles, while enjoying the lake and the scenery. Here's a few pics.........

Biggest Loser RunWalk.... you my friends, are absolutely amazing and this is such an amazing event (with a few flaws). Thank you guys for having me! I can't wait to see you all next year.

Disclosure: I have received a comped entry to this event in exchange for posting about the event and reviews of the individual race experiences.

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