Chicago Lakefront 50/50


Well, doing a 50 miler in '05 after having turned 50 was the plan ....

The Chicago 50 miler is on a flat lakefront bike path. This year's Chicago Lakefront 50/50, on Saturday 29 Oct 2005, consisted of two events -- with the 50 miler starting at 6:30 AM, and a 50K starting 2 hours later. This version started on the south side of the city near the 6300 block, and consisted of 3 trips to the north and back. The first trip north had a more distant turn-around point, making it longer that the next two (with the turnarounds being somewhere around Monroe Street). The course did not have mile splits, but I'm guessing the first out-and back was around 18 miles, and the next 2 around 16 miles each (though I'm not sure). The weather at the start was calm, with temperatures in the 30's. It warmed up to around 60, with the wind picking up to maybe 10-12 MPH out of the south (i. e., headwind on the return legs for the last 2 out-and-backs). Overall, pretty good weather conditions, and a flat fast course -- though a bit harder surface than most of us are used to for many miles.

At the start of the race, a group of about 4 or 5 runners went out a good bit faster than the rest of us. We formed a similar sized second pack. That lasted for about 5 miles, when Jim Bahr and myself dropped back a bit. We were running together, in 9th and 10th places. That continues until around the 20 mile mark, when Jim pulled away from me. Around mile 35, one runner slipped in-between us (another way of saying I slowed down ...). Jim finished in 9th place, with me in 11th. Jim placed first in the over 60 age group, and I was second in the 50-59 age group. Others that I knew in the 50 miler included JoAnn Della Torre (18th place) and Rob Herrera (results are attached below). There were 49 finishers in the 50 miler, and 146 finishers in the 50K.

The first two out-and-backs were relatively smooth and as planned (though without specific mile split feedback). The first (longer) out-and-back was completed in 2:41:39, with essentially zero splits (~1:20 out, and ~1:21 back). Average heart rate was 134. I was drinking Gatorade steadily from the hand held 0.5L bottle, and ate a gel at the turnaround. As I approached the start/finish line, I could feel a slight blistering on the inside of both arches. This never got too bad, and was the only such problem experienced for the day. I never changed clothing or shoes, running the entire event in a lightweight long sleeved Coolmax shirt, shorts, and a cap (wore gloves for the first out-and-back, and then removed them). When back at the start/finish line, I drank a can of Glycerna with water.

The second (shorter) out-and-back took 2:37:05, going out in about 1:16 and returning in about 1:21. The time for the "first marathon" was guessed to be around 3:55 -- pretty much as planned. Followed the same pattern, eating a gel at the turn-around, and drinking about half a can of Glycerna back at the start/finish line. Average heart rate was 139. Near the end of this one, got a bit of a surprise when the right knee began to hurt (around maybe mile 33). I indulged in a couple of ibuprofen before starting the third and final out-and-back.

The first half of the third leg was by far the hardest part of the race. The right knee hurt for about 20-30 minutes before subsiding. I felt like I was running inside the wall -- heart rate was low, and so was the pace. The temperatures were warming a bit (this part has a warming tale wind), but wasn't really much of a factor. Part of the problem here was mental -- I no longer felt engaged in the race -- no other competitors were within site (some 50K runners were around, but no 50 milers). Had trouble motivating myself with regards to pace, and I was feeling depleted. Was still drinking the Gatorade, though probably not enough. I occasionally found myself walking for 1-2 minutes at a time, as I went by the aid stations. The running pace often slowed to a shuffle. But, I did keep on shuffling. As I approached the turn-around, I started seeing other racers again, which helped. I ate part of a gel at the turn-around. Some rough math also told me that, short of a total blow-up, breaking 9 hours was a given, and that my current shuffle would bring me in under 8:30. I reached the turn-around at about 1:30, walked a bit, and then resumed shuffling. At times, I started running better. When I reached the 50K turn-around mark (~5.4 miles out, I think), I projected that breaking 8:20 (i. e., keeping the overall pace under 10:00) was possible if I picked it up just a bit. I shuffled to the last aid station (maybe 4 or 4-1/2 miles out), ate part of my last gel, filled up my bottle one last time, walked a bit, and then took of running. At this point, I was feeling better, and was much more motivated. I was now very happy to know that I was about to finish my first 50 miler, and doing do in a time under 8:20 suddenly became very important to me. No more walking breaks, and I felt like I was hammering pretty hard for the last mile and a half or so. Overall the last 10 minutes, I was watching the street block numbers on Lakeshore Drive, knowing the finish line was near the 6300 block -- was speeding up my pace so as to hit 8:19 and that sub 10:00 minute per mile pace for the event. The time for the final out-and-back was 3:00:03, with an average heart rate of 127.

The final overall time for my first 50 miler was 8:18:48, for an average pace of 9:58.5. I'm guessing the first half was in a little under 4 hours, and the second half in around 4:15 or 4:20. Afterwards, didn't feel too bad. At a small dinner that evening, and more-or-less rested comfortably that night, though didn't really sleep to well. The next morning, with one exception, the legs felt amazingly good and felt like I could run whatever. No muscle soreness at all walking down stairs. The right knee, however, was definitely sore. I went back out to the lakeshore, and walked shuffled for 38 minutes (maybe 3 miles). The knee did warm up a bit after about 20 minutes, but never felt great. Walking the rest of the day was no issue at all, but running that morning was a bit touchy. Was hungry and thirsty all day (the day after the race), and felt pretty good. On the second day after, slow jogged for about 33 minutes, and the knee felt much better with only a slight bit of soreness on the downhills.

(See attached file: Chicago Lakefront 50-50 50 Miler 2005.xls)

Steve

 

Place

Div Place

Time

Bib #

Last

First

M/F

Age

City

State

1

1

6:44:45

228

Hlavek

Mike

M

28

Indianapolis

IN

2

1

6:53:41!

201

Heaslett

Ann

F

41

Madison

WI

3

1

7:23:45

266

Dick

Jenn

F

30

 

 

4

1

7:38:58

206

Schweitzer

Dirk

M

33

South Bend

IN

5

2

7:41:44

225

faul

justin

M

25

waukegan

il

6

2

7:58:47

237

Hagstrom

Jay

M

37

Chicago

IL

7

3

7:59:33

230

Pinilla

Camilo

M

30

Chicago

IL

8

1

8:00:23

255

Dangerfield

Mark

M

55

Mesa

AZ

9

1

8:01:16

262

Bahr

James

M

62

New Berlin

WI

10

1

8:15:23

224

Lewis

Roderick

M

42

Chicago

IL

11

2

8:18:52

221

Richey

Steve

M

50

Aurora

IL

12

2

8:26:49

227

Schroeder

John

M

42

Evanston

IL

13

3

8:38:50

244

Harner

Mike

M

44

Rockford

IL

14

4

8:40:15

205

Mainard

Hugh

M

43

Chicago

IL

15

5

8:41:45

240

Sieczkowski

William

M

40

Orland Park

IL

16

3

9:01:33

252

Morris

Doug

M

52

Indianapolis

IN

17

2

9:04:37

202

Welper

Lisa

F

44

Naperville

IL

18

3

9:12:45

210

Della Torre

Jo Ann

F

47

Naperville

IL

19

3

9:13:49

260

Waddell

Drew

M

26

 

 

20

6

9:20:41

245

Kreger

Bill

M

45

Naperville

IL

21

4

9:24:32

214

Kretz

James

M

36

Chandler

AZ

22

4

9:26:34

247

Aistars

Juli

F

47

Lake Zurich

IL

23

1

9:27:00

211

Ibarra

Cheryl

F

53

Huntsville

Al

24

5

9:29:54

273

McQuinn

Linda

F

48

Lemont

IL

25

5

9:33:19

220

Price

Joe

M

37

Oldenburg

IN

26

 

9:43:06

268

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

6

9:43:38

216

Miller

Joe

M

37

Springfield

IL

28

7

9:44:01

264

Head

Tom

M

41

 

 

29

 

9:46:09

269

Cooney

Dale

M

 

 

 

30

8

9:48:13

218

Plezia

Richard

M

47

Morton Grove

Il

31

9

9:49:09

248

Lee

Inmok

M

48

Decatur

IL

32

10

9:50:30

246

Erwin

Lester

M

46

Aurora

IL

33

2

9:52:47

208

Bean

Steve

M

62

San Diego

CA

34

3

9:55:41

271

Norwood

Ken

M

65

Rolling Meadows

IL

35

6

10:02:48

243

Burke

Ann

F

43

St Petersburg

FL

36

2

10:05:35

256

Kirk

Karen

F

56

Des Plaines

IL

37

4

10:14:45

239

Swistun

Kazimierz

M

53

Buffalo Grove

IL

38

7

10:25:35

207

Seger

Nikki

F

43

Chicago

IL

39

4

10:34:54

261

Snyder

Randall

M

61

Lincoln

NE

40

5

10:44:38

258

karasik

paul

M

58

Manhattan Beach

CA

41

6

10:47:18

203

Limacher

Rich

M

55

Matteson

IL

42

4

10:55:10

251

wilson

charles

M

27

skokie

il

43

5

10:56:12

204

ALVAREZ

FACUNDO

M

29

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

44

11

10:59:19

215

Mick

Ken

M

47

Chicago

IL

45

 

Finished

242

Cannataro

Melinda

F

42

Naperville

IL

46

 

Finished

213

Kahvand

Mohammad

M

41

Bloomingdale

IL

47

 

Finished

231

Smith

William

M

43

Schaumburg

il

48

 

Finished

274

Herrera

Rob

M

31

Naperville

IL

49

 

Finished

272

Vasquez

Edna

F

24

Monterrey

Mexico