Women Rock Chicago – half #1 for the weekend

This weekend was Women Rock Chicago and Biggest Loser Racine, 2 half marathons in 2 days, yup, I’m CRAZY!

Women Rock Chicago

This was a race that I was really looking forward to, it was an all women’s half, 10k and 5k. I also got free entry into the race due to all the volunteer hours I had done with Team Ortho, they have a program where you earn bones to go towards gear or race entries, so I had to do the race since I got free entry! Only problem was I had already signed up for a race on Sunday, the Biggest Loser Half. So I decided to give it a go and do 2 halves in one weekend. My goal was to take Women Rock slow and tried not to overdue it so I still had something left in the tank for Sunday. Jenna and I headed down nice and early, the weather was perfect for a half marathon. The course started out like most of the Team Ortho races, it’s on the Chicago lakefront trails which is nice but also a bit congested. Turns out there was another race group out there at the same time, but we made due. Just before mile 4 the 10k came into our route and it was super congested and sucked as we tried to run around the Shedd Aquarium, the path was not very wide and the walkers had no race etiquette at all, so hard to keep moving and get around them. This happened 2 more times, there also were not enough water stops on the course. I did get to talk to Zach the race director after and told him my observations. Post race I also ran into Debbie who I had met at the Chicago Women’s half, so fun to see people you know at races. We headed off to the after party for champagne and hot men!

Jenna and I before the race.

Jenna and I before the race.

Ran into Lisa, Em and Karen before the race too (stole the pic from Lisa's fb page!)

Ran into Lisa, Em and Karen before the race too (stole the pic from Lisa’s fb page!)

start line

start line

heading south along the path, such a pretty day.

heading south along the path, such a pretty day.

We did it!  Debbie, Jenna and I at the post race party.

We did it! Debbie, Jenna and I at the post race party.

Post Race party

Post Race party

all the fun stuff I got at the race

all the fun stuff I got at the race

On the way back to Wisconsin we stopped at my favorite bagel place, my dad had been taking us there as long as I can remember and to me they are the best bagels in the world.

Best bagels ever (thanks Frank for the pic!)

Best bagels ever (thanks Frank for the pic!)

Then Frank and I hit the expo for the biggest loser 1/2.

Photo opp at the expo

Photo opp at the expo

Another t-shirt for the pile!

Another t-shirt for the pile!

I’ll post about Sunday’s race later this week!

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