Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Wedding AND 10K: Chicago 10K 2015 Recap

The weekend of August 7-9 was a crazy hectic weekend! I was a bridesmaid in my sisters wedding and I had my first 10K the next morning. I was excited for the challenge, but I also knew it was going to be very hectic. When friends and family heard about my plans for the first time, their response was, "You're not going to be able to drink that much at the wedding!" HA! That was totally okay with me. I hadn't planned on drinking much to begin with. My goals are more important than one night of drinking. Friday night, I had rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner, and I stayed a bit afterwards to help finish the reception hall. That night, I only got 5 hours of sleep. The wedding was hectic, but the reception was fun. I did end up having some drinks in the limo and at the reception and probably more than I should have. However, it did not affect me at all like I was afraid it was going to. With the number of drinks I had... I should have been tipsy borderline drunk, but felt absolutely nothing. So, that was a good thing. I got lucky. The drinks were strong, so I started thinking to myself why it had not affected me like it should of. I guess I will never know. 

I had plans on leaving the reception at 8-9 PM, but ended up leaving around 10:30ish. I did not get to bed until 1 AM. I only got 4 hours of sleep!!!!!!!!!! When I woke up, I was extremely tired and didn't feel ready for this race at all. I was panicking and I kept trying to talk myself out of doing it. On the way there, my husband was not giving me the good pep talk that I was hoping for. Instead, it was the exact opposite. He got mad because he thinks I don't listen to him when he talks about keeping my heart rate at a safe level. I usually have a high heart rate when I run. He says it's too high when I run and sometimes reaches dangerous levels. Before starting my fitness journey, I had been out of shape for a good portion of my life, so what the hell do you expect?!?! My efforts and heart rate while running are getting a lot better though! 

Anyways, out of love he was trying to tell me the things he thought I needed to hear because he cares, while also telling me a TON of things I didn't need to hear before attempting my first 10K. We parked in the garage and he finally broke me. I said I wasn't going to do it.  

One - I was already late 
Two - I was highly upset
Three - I was extremely tired and exhausted.

I sat in the car for 10 minutes after he and my daughter got on the elevator without me. He came back and pushed me to do this. We started speed walking to the race and that was a 1-2 mile walk in itself. I made it in time for the last call along with a bunch of other people still arriving. Before I started my race, I kissed my baby and gave hubby a I'm-Still-Mad-At-You peck. As I turn around to start, he grabs my hand and says, "I'm sorry, good luck, and enjoy your race." 

The first mile, I started out speed walking, so I can get my music and everything in order. I spend the ENTIRE mile trying to get my wireless headphones connected to bluetooth. I forgot to pair them ahead of time. I had just bought another phone to replace the one I broke the week before. I'm getting irritated because I keep trying and trying and they won't pair. So, I gave up and stopped trying so often. I started thinking about what it was that I was doing wrong. I started texting my hubby, letting him know that I had no music and bluetooth wasn't connecting. He had a few suggestions and none of them worked. He told me to just think about the music in my head and happy thoughts.

Mile 2 - I see hubby walking down the sidewalk with little miss Harlie Jade, happily playing in her stroller and people watching. I run up to him to tap him and explain to him the situation. He continues walking a part of the course (it was open to the public), a few parts were closed off and people had to walk around. When the course started closing off I communicated with him throughout the race through text message. I would update him on where I was, which mile marker I had passed, or popular location (Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field, etc...). 

Mile 3 - I start my run/walk intervals, but tried to keep a strong mind during this race. Hubby did his best to entertain me during the race. He sent me the picture below......

I thought that was just the cutest thing. I started getting bored towards the end of mile 3. My thoughts were just everywhere. I figured I would try to pair my headphone again. No luck!! Luckily, I was nearing a beautiful beach and I pretty much stared at it the entire time I was on that part of the course. I was thinking about how much I wish I was swimming at that beach at the time. The weather that morning was cloudy, a little windy, so the waves were picking up a bit. It felt it a bit humid at times, but overall... I thought it was awesome weather and made this race just a little bit easier. 

Once the course turned around to come back I started feeling some pain in my right hip. I was struggling a bit on the way back, but kept up my pace. Once I reach the lakeshore path near the shedd aquarium, I knew I was almost there and I had to keep pushing for a little while longer.

Mile 6 - As I near mile 6, I text hubby to tell him I'm coming. He said that he had already left their hangout spot and that he was at the finish line waiting for me. He also told me that there was a hill I had to tackle right before the finish line. As I got closer to the finish line, right before the hill, I caught up with a woman who was ahead of me and getting ready to tackle that hill. We had a small chat and motivated each other while we tackled that hill at the finish line and we finished together.  

One of the photographers captured this super cute photo of Jeremy and Harlie Jade watching me make my way to the finish line.

That entire weekend was challenging and tiring, but I am so freaking glad that I put myself in that position to challenge myself. When we challenge ourselves, that's where change happens! I completed this bad boy with NO music and on 4 hours of sleep. Turns out, I was only a 5 second button push away from having music. The device had to be shut off first and then comes the 5 second button push to pair it to my phone. UGH!!! The course was awesome and beautiful! I always love a good race along Chicago's Lakefront. The medal was absolutely stunning and one of the main reasons I wanted the Chicago 10K to be my first 10K! I was not disappointed!! I will definitely be doing this again next year!

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