Humana's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k Race Recap

Humana's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon Weekend brought the heat!

I participated in this year's 10k event that occurred in Grant Park. Since my last race in April - read all about my running-on-black-ice experience HERE - the sun was shining and the hear index had sky rocketed. 

The Expo featured boards of all Rock 'n' Roll race cities!

The weekend started off with picking up my race bib and bag at the Rock 'n' Roll Expo. Without an option to ship your items to your house, I trekked over to McCormick Place two days before the 10k. The Expo did a great job of not only offering a variety of event merchandise and apparel - I, of course, couldn't resist the event tank top - but also clearly displayed signs on how to 'Beat the Heat'. 

The event's performance t-shirt + my tank top indulgence 

I found the weather advisory to be extremely helpful since I had never done a run in 80+ degrees before. The banners gave useful tips on how to prepare for a hot race day as well as recovery. They also sent a weather advisory email before the event - A+ Rock 'n' Roll, A+. One tip that I applied the morning of race day was having a cup of water with salt before sweating up a storm outside. 

Race day began in the high 70s and over my hour of run increased to the mid 80s. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, running from Grant Park to Solider Field and back. The 6.2 miles featured water stops, great city views and along musical performances from local Chicago bands. Due to the heat, I found myself switching off between running and jogging. Around the last mile, I noticed that my foot had begun to stiffen up and swell. A finish line had never looked so good! 

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Humana's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k was one of my favorite races I've done thus far. The theme and course were a lot of fun and brought a unique aspect to why this race was worth registering for. Aside from my lack of stretching - don't forget to fully stretch before running! - I had a great time, loved the design of the finisher medal and would recommend this race weekend to all runners.

With my next race not until February - I'm running RunDisney's 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend with Team Autism Speaks! - I have a great window of time to train, prepare and get excited for my next challenge.

Happy Running.


  1. I admire you. Good luck on future runs.

  2. Good luck on your 10k race i look up to you for doing that

  3. What a great accomplishment, Alyssa! Cheering you on, let's meet for mimosas soon!

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    1. Thank you Olivia! Yes, I'm always in the mood for a mimosa!