- Lots and lots and lots of people in the red Nike + shirts
- 14,000 people and 17 porta potties. Seriously, I counted.
- 14,000 people makes baggage check a bitch.
- 14,000 people and having to pee while waiting in line to check bags is a bitch and a half. (I have no idea what that means, I think I just made it up.)
- Liked starting off at Soldier Field, a Chicago landmark.
- Despite this race being half the size of Chicago's Shamrock Shuffle, it felt like it was twice the size when we were squeezed in the corrals like sardines.
- Chipper Kim had three beers and some garlic pretzel cracker combo. Chipper Kim, my nutrition idol, I expected better from you. :)
- My ankle (same ankle as last year's stress fracture) started bothering me about 0.01 miles into the race.
- My feet started bothering me (yeah, plantar fasciitis in both feet now) about 0.05 miles into the race.
- The Chicago 2016 crew cheering before the first (and only) incline was fantastic, very motivating when runners needed it.
- Struggled to get through 6.2 miles with ankles and feet issues. Ran/walked the whole thing. I'm sure I pulled the Chicago average time down. (But hey, Chicago's average was better than New York and L.A.!)
- Running on Chicago's lakefront with the Chicago skyline in view was a very pretty sight.
- Caught a few songs from Fall Out Boy after the finish before I decided to head home, take as shower, ice my feet and have some wine. (I decided to do that, but in reality, I headed home, picked up some Taco Bell, took a shower and had some Gatorade.)
What's been weighing on my mind? Too much to get into right now, will update soon.