Categories: 10-miler, Revenge Races, Soldier Field 10-Miler
When I got an email from the Soldier Field 10 Miler the other day, I was tempted. I ran this one back in 2006. Thing 2 was just 9 months old. Much of it was run on an overcrowded lakefront path. The turnaround point at mile 5 was wet from the water station with loose gravel and a slight decline. I slipped and sprained my ankle. Thankfully I did not wipe out completely although I came close. I walked and cussed and looked for a med tent. Since there was no med tent or meat wagon to board anywhere in sight, I hobbled along the remaining 5 miles to the finish on the 50-yard line of Soldier Field, slow time, fake smile and all.
There were many things I did not like about that race besides my sprained ankle:
- Overcrowded path
- No medal
- Nasty grey man-cut race shirt
- Getting to the city and $$$ parking are a PITA
But 7 years later:
- The course has been improved
- There’s 10th anniversary mega bling
- The price will never be lower
- The city/parking part is still a PITA
I’ve got til 10/15 when the price goes up decide on this one.
Do you seek revenge on races that didn’t go as you’d hoped? Do you find yourself running races you said you’d never do again? What races are you ‘shopping’ for in 2013?