So i was supposed to run a half marathon on April 9th but I wake up to weather in the 30s, ice on the ground, and high winds and head back to bed. I almost never skip races (isn't that the point of overpaying to register and picking up your packets?) but this was not what I had in mind for a spring half.
So I wait one week and wake up to a sunny day with a light breeze and temperature in the low 50s and head out for my home made half, heading south to the very edge of McCormick Place Expo Center on the lakefront and back. It was truly a joyous run and a final time of about 5 minutes faster than the last half I rumbled through back in the fall of 2015. I took whatever detours most amused me, even took a sledding hill on the wya and fortunately remembered the bathroom in the parking lot for Soldier Field when I needed it most. My only goal was to hit 13.1 on my running program and then stopping the clock which occurred about 3 blocks from home.
Obviously I have run lots of training runs of 13.1 or more working up to marathon race days but this was the first time (but not the last) that I do a DIY half marathon. I highly recommend.