I’m on fire today. Here’s a big WTF for your Wednesday...
I just read Lindy’s post about the Chicago Distance Classic half marathon changing the race course, and I agree. One hundred and fifty percent (I had to write that out so you hear it in your head correctly).
I mean seriously JB, WTF?
It made me feel better to read Lindy’s post because as I studied the new course this morning and became slightly enraged (ok… just a tad bit of hyperbole), I figured I was probably the only person who would become upset over something like a race course. I mean, maybe people wanted a new course! I don't know. I can't read minds.
Here's the thing...
The CDC holds a special place in my heart as it was my inaugural distance race in 2006. I love that it partially follows the marathon course and winds through downtown Chicago. This new course heads due south and, frankly, I don’t get my thrills by running on LSD separated from cars clipping along at 40mph by a few measly pylons. No. Thank. You. Very. Much.
Furthermore, part of the fun of running the big races is to get out there on the road. I can run on the damn lakefront path any day of the week. For a 5k, fine. But this is a half marathon, and there's 12,000 of us. And, as Lindy points out, this new course pretty much gives us absolutely no shade from the August sun. We live in Chicago people! It’s 90 degrees and humid here until October.
In other words, WTF?