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4:06:14. Enough said.  The one saving grace?  I did not get a PW, personal worst.  Chicago has not been kind to marathon runners the past two years.  I can say whatever but it just didn’t happen last Sunday.  That’s all. 

The day began early with a 5am wakeup.  It started well with all of us pumped up and full of smiles.  Why not?  It’s a huge marathon and the culmination of all that running.  As a sign in Niketown said “Sunday is really a victory lap.”  As we walked to Grant Park, other runners joined us and I began to get my feelings for the race together.  I sported my PSU singlet and race ready shorts with the yellow hat.  No need for a sweatshirt as it was 67 degrees as we headed over.

7:30am came and I headed over to my corral.  The gun went off and within 2:30 mins I was crossing the start line and descending on the city of Chicago.  I knew EV was out there cheering as well as one of my clients.  I tried to envision breaking the race down into small chunks to get to my cheering support.

What do I remember from the race?  I remember seeing EV 3x including by the finish line!  I remember Boystown and the guy cheerleaders!  I remember the Mexican section of town.  The cowbells!  Chinatown.  The people that had bags of ice at about mile 22 (lifesavers as temps rose to the mid 80s!). 

Well there is a second thing.  I’ll take the opportunity to state that I have signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23.  Whether or not this is a smart decision, we’ll see.  I will say I’m not as beat up as I was after Steamtown last year.  I knew at about mile 10 it wasn’t my day so it became a standard 26.2 training run through Chicago.  When I realized 3:40 wasn’t happening, I slowed because would I rather miss by 6 minutes or 26 with the chance to try again? 

That’s all I’ve got on this one.  There’s not a great story to tell and I don’t want to talk about a “training” run any further.  See you in Philly!

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pre-game

As I write this I’m on my way to chicago. Game time, go time, whatever you want to call it is less than 48 hours away! The weather? Less than ideal – the latest had potentially record high on sunday (84 for those wondering). I thought the chances of a second hot marathon was nil considering last year! At least I’ve run a marathon in heat and humidity AND trained in it.

No matter what I’m looking to enjoy every minute. Isn’t that, in the end, what we all run for?

My trip to the airport was exciting. The GCP was a parking lot so my cabbie took a super alternate route. This had me on the brink of complete sickness! Upon arrival I had the joy of being reminded we pay for checked luggage now. This was followed by waiting in the longest security line around. Yeah airports are more like trying to not have a stress attack before flying out!

As I got on the L, AH informed me the women for obama convention was taking place at our hotel this weekend!! Obama, joe biden and oprah are all scheduled to speak. Neat! Then, while walking around, ben folds was giving a free live concert at the apple store. Pretty cool if you ask me.

Today it is off to the expo and time to stay off the feet!

So I will see you at the finish line!
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Chitown

I’m in Chicago this week for work. Just booked my flights back out here for October for that little 26.2 jaunt on October 12.

I’m thinking about doing the boat architecture tour on Saturday afternoon before heading back to NY on Sunday as long as it doesn’t rain. Unfortunately no time for running since my work business will take up almost my entire time here.

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