Tierney and I met years ago on a message board when we were planning our weddings. Over the years are lives have been shown the path down the Autism puzzle brick road. As Tierney's girls have both been diagnosed on the spectrum at about the same time Avery was diagnosed. Our girls are about the same age 7ish and 5ish. This summer we had a play date at her house and the friendships have begun!
This race was on a Saturday morning way, way, way up north from where I live. I figured I knew how to get to the approximate area of the race. My plan was to get off the high way and then get on maps on my phone to do the rest. What I did not figure on happening was my phone would not pick up any damn satellites that morning. After calling my husband and asking him to email me the directions I figured I would then be on my way. Again what I did not figure on happening was that I would never receive those directions. After driving in the direction of what I remember the race being in I eventually got to the forest preserve where the race was being held just being a tiny bit exasperated.
The race was held at the Lake County Independence Grove Forest Preserve. Hells bells it's the nicest forest preserve I've ever been to. Parking was very easy as apparently even though I got lost I still had a lot of time before the race started. The race had a great wide open space for it's set up. Packet pick up was a cinch and I was able to walk back to my car to wait a bit for Tierney. There were plenty of port a pots set up but the race was set up near the public washrooms which were open. Awesome. Nobody loves port a pots!
Tierney is wearing the race shirt and it was a super nice wicking one! The weather that day was going to be warm (upper 70's I think?) and sunny. As always I didn't want to run with her because I am so damn slow now and I do run/walk. So we went off after the start.
The course was great as it went around the lake. The water set ups were timed just right. The course support was great.
Run/walk. Try not to get beat by that kid. Run/walk. Get passed by that kid again. Big fat fail. lol.
I think my time was not my worse this year maybe that 5k in January when it was 13 degrees was my worst time this year but this was not my best. Blah.
Obvious observations made that day. I need to start over. The run/walk program is great for people. I honestly though hate that I was ever introduced to it. Sigh. Why you are probably asking your computer screen. Well at one point I was able to run a 5k straight. Or heck even a mile straight. I haven't done that in a long time. Even though I tell people it's ok to walk I still have it in my head from when I did the Chicago Marathon in 2010 the woman whispering to her male friend as I struggled to walk the final few miles "but she's walking". Total MIND F*CK. Ok enough about my whining troubles with running.
The race itself was awesome! So well put together. There was so much to do with kids there I was mad that I didn't take the kids with me. The set up was right next to the HUGE playground. There was a bouncy house set up from what I can remember and so much more. The after party as I'm calling it was great. The food set up unbelievable. They gave you bagels with cream cheese if you wanted (they spread it for you!), cooked up hot dogs for everyone, chips and fruit and much more. There were a few Autism vendors as well. It was a great local well put together race. The price was great to under $30 for the race + add in all that you go afterwards it was a great, great deal.
There was only one drawback to this race. Distance. :( It was really far for me for a 5k. Like I am sure if I drove a few more miles I would have hit the Wisconsin border. My friends bitch and moan that I won't go into Chicago for a 5k race. ehh. That's true but there's a lot more variables for city races. If I drive into Chicago I have to pay minimum $15-20 for parking. Which most of the 5k city races probably cost $40 minimum for the race add into it if I have to pick up my race bib downtown the day before that's more for parking well it's damn expensive almost $100 5k race. Kwim? So even though this race was super duper far for me I would still do it again.