JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge
Last night was the 3.5 mile JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in downtown Boston. There are 12,000 runners/walkers who participate from like 200+ companies throughout Boston. Here’s most of the team from my office:
Of course we had a bad thunderstorm and pouring rain literally right before the race, so I look like a drowned rat.
Anyway, we lined up actually pretty far behind the finish line, so it took almost 10 minutes before we “started” the race. I was so excited to be using a chip for the first time! Hooray for accurate times!
My race, well, it was not so good. I’ve been having lower leg pain (like achilles and outside of the ankle) when I run which I believe means that (A) I need new shoes and (B) I need to stretch WAY more! I ran the first mile, STRETCHED, walk/ran the next 1.66 miles (stretching as needed), then running the last 2/3 mile. After a while I made a deal with myself: walk one block, run two blocks. Worked pretty well. Then I ran right at the end. I talked myself into that one, believe me. The finish line is at the end of a street, so you can see it well before you reach it. In lieu of staring at this finish line far in the distance, I would say “Ok, run to that lamp post, now run to that sign, etc.” TA DA! My official time was 43:46. So not the best time ever (not my best time I believe), but I wasn’t gasping for breath at the end! I really think it was the stupid legs. Any thoughts?
Here’s a picture of me right as I began that last 2/3 mile run:
And guess who we ran into? KATIE!
She used to work at my company, and somehow we always run into her at this thing. Even with 12,000 people being there!!
After the race, we had dinner at the Sweetwater Cafe, then made it home around 11pm. What a day!