Skip to main content

Park Forest Midwinter Cruise 5K

I headed back out this morning for the second 5K of my weekend double-header with my partner in crime Antonio. Luckily, today's race, the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club's Midwinter Cruise 5K, didn't start til 10:30 so we actually got to get some good weekend sleeping in before waking up to some freezing temperatures. I already wrote about the basics of the race for Treadmill.com but there's gotta be some extra stuff to add right?

First of all, I really liked that they gave out gloves instead of race shirts. I grabbed the blue ones and Antonio grabbed the grey ones. They were one-size-fits-all and they had about five colors - blue being the craziest - all with the running group's running turtle logo embroidered into the wrist.


Check those mofos out:

So, first of all, it was (literally) freezing this morning. I think it was about 15 degrees when we set out... and it felt like it. As soon as we stepped outside of the junior high that was serving as base camp I just wanted to turn around and head back inside. We started guessing how many people had registered for the race and then just decided not to show up... probably a lot... but I think this guy's shirt (who was sitting behind me at the post-race pancake breakfast) sums things up pretty well:

So we stuck it out and ran our 5K in the cold. And it was a good race, despite being a double-loop rather than the more typical single loop course. I saw Maggie at the starting line and tried to keep up with her but I didn't even come close. She was killing it.

But what was best, for me personally, as someone who's turning 30 in a few months, is that my 25-29 age group had no one fast in it (aside from the guy who WON the race). So I ended up getting first in my age group (despite finishing with a 23:42 - slower than yesterday's race). Antonio beat me by over a minute and a half, but ended up tying for second in his more competitive 30-34 age group. But we both got to take home these super sweet sailboat trophies (he got bumped to third even though he was tied down to the tenth of a second):
With the five year age groups, sailboat trophies, cheap registration price and all-you-can-eat pancakes, this is a race I think I'll be signing up for next year. I'll just have to be more prepared to run at a competitive 5K pace, because by that time I'll be in the 30-34 age group as well.

Comments

  1. It was nice to see you again this morning! I'm always amazed people trek out to good old Park Forest for a race, but then again, this is a great race! Congrats on your AG win!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in April 2018

April 1: Character Assassination presents The Roast of Disney Princesses at Laugh Factory The latest entry in the Character Assassination roast show series pits a collection of Disney princesses -played by Chicago comics - against each other. Starring Allison Dunne, Alex Kumin, Sarah Shockey, Gena Gephart, Audrey Jonas, Eunji Kim, Samantha Berkman, Stephanie Weber and Mandee McKelvey. April 2: Comedy Overload Open Mic at Gallery Cabaret A weekly open mic open to all forms of comedy that takes place at a sweet venue in Bucktown. April 3: Shake 'Em Up Comedy Showcase at Shakers on Clark   This free two-hour comedy showcase is hosted by Darrick J and Nate Galloway. Comics get between four and 10 minutes each and the hosts let comedians know a bit needs work by hitting a bell and "shaking 'em up." April 4: Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O'Toole's Really you should be catching this weekly showcase at Timothy O'Toole's e

Carrera de los Muertos - Race of the Dead

When we signed up for this race I had a feeling it was going to be a good one just based on the website . Carrera de los Muertos?! Race of the Dead?! Sounds sweet right? And it definitely was. Check out my Newcity review for more of a breakdown on that front. There were a ton of great costumes (mostly skull-face painting) and the base camp was in the parking lot of an UNO Charter School in Pilsen, with sweet decorations, music and food for sale. Lots of partying going on for such an early morning on a cold November day.

Life of Pi: The Pi Day Pi K Returns to Fleet Feet Stores Across Chicago

I have run a grand total of ONE time since crossing the finish line of the Chicago Marathon in October of last year. I know, I know, I'm disgusted with me too. So when I got Fleet Feet's notice about the Pi Day "Pi K" Fun Run this coming Monday evening (3.14 - PI DAY, get it?) it seemed like a pretty solid way to get back out on the running trail without getting myself up super early or registering for a timed race where I would embarrass myself. Also, my wife and I ran this race back in 2014 and had a great time. Plus, after an article I wrote for the Tribune about xkcd creator and all-around baller Randall Munroe speaking in Chicago at an Illinois Science Council (ISC) event , I know a little more about the organization behind the Pi Day Pi K and their mission. Quick excerpt from the Trib article: Founded in 2006 by nonscientist Monica Metzler (who also serves as executive director), the ISC was created to help engage adults in science and technology