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2009-10-09 7:35 PM
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Decatur217 - 2009-10-09 9:39 AM At the expo do you have to have cash only if you want to purchase something?  Do they have debit card accessibility or checks?

Expo is in a HUGE convention center.  There will be ATMs around, at the very least outside the expo hall.  Also, Bank of America is title sponsor so I cannot imagine there would not be 1 or more BofA atms in the expo hall.  I also think that most everyone selling at the expo will take debit/credit.



2009-10-11 3:19 PM
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Congrats to all the finishers.  

I think one of you said something about BT as you passed me with my sign.  Not sure who that was but I heard you. 

2009-10-11 6:44 PM
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Who ever had the "HTFU" sign I saw you at mile 25ish?  THANKS. 
2009-10-11 9:11 PM
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beadams - 2009-10-11 6:44 PM Who ever had the "HTFU" sign I saw you at mile 25ish?  THANKS. 


As did I. I tried to say something to him, but he didnt get it.

Anyway, as some of you know from stated earlier in this thread.  I had a patellar dislocation Aug. 14th.  I have only run twice since then, 3 miles each time and had to stop because of pain.  I paid too much to just not attempt running my first chicago. 
Long story short...I finished the marathon in 4:04 with a knee that is at 70% and no distance run over 10 miles since first week of August.

and strangely enough it really wasnt my knee that hurt today, more so my feet from not used to running

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2009-10-11 9:13 PM
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protoplasm72 - 2009-10-11 3:19 PM

Congrats to all the finishers.  

I think one of you said something about BT as you passed me with my sign.  Not sure who that was but I heard you. 



Oh...that was me. Really slow younger guy limping with a red jersey
2009-10-12 6:14 AM
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Nice job, man, for sticking thru it.....and "really slow"  no friggin way....try 445, thats real slow, and that would be me.  But, I made it and as far as I know, no power walkers were ahead of me.


2009-10-12 8:52 AM
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WELL???

How'd evrybody else do? I was coming in on the el yesterday about 1130a and saw the 'thon going under the tracks (whihc is at about mile 20-21) and I knew everybody was hurtin' ... yet I longed to be out there racing with you all again. I think I won't skip this race again unless there's bigger fish to fry. I think doing it would've been a great training run ahead of the IM. Sigh. Oh well.

Congrats to all who did it and I hope you had a great day!!!
2009-10-12 9:02 AM
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I didn't do as well as I wanted to.  I went 4:05.  Was holding an 8:40 pace until mile 20 and then the wheels fell off and it was the dreaded Ironman Shuffle the rest of the way.

On a good note my wife rocked it.  She went 3:35 and qualified for Boston with over 5 minutes to spare.  We have to start looking for plane tickets and hotels this week.  I'm happy and proud of her. 
2009-10-12 10:08 AM
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mattb1 - 2009-10-12 9:02 AM

I didn't do as well as I wanted to.  I went 4:05.  Was holding an 8:40 pace until mile 20 and then the wheels fell off and it was the dreaded Ironman Shuffle the rest of the way.

On a good note my wife rocked it.  She went 3:35 and qualified for Boston with over 5 minutes to spare.  We have to start looking for plane tickets and hotels this week.  I'm happy and proud of her. 


Dayum go girl! Did she make you her ... I mean, did she say `Haha I totally chicked you!'
2009-10-12 10:32 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS to all the finshers - another fun weather day for the marathon!
2009-10-12 11:54 AM
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mattb1 - 2009-10-12 9:02 AM I didn't do as well as I wanted to.  I went 4:05.  Was holding an 8:40 pace until mile 20 and then the wheels fell off and it was the dreaded Ironman Shuffle the rest of the way.

On a good note my wife rocked it.  She went 3:35 and qualified for Boston with over 5 minutes to spare.  We have to start looking for plane tickets and hotels this week.  I'm happy and proud of her. 

I didn't know you were doing this??? I was out there volunteering at the FF water stop....sorry you didn't have as great a race you wanted to...I still think that's pretty respectable! And MANY congrats to the wife!!



2009-10-12 11:55 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS everyone!!! It was awesome to watch and volunteer yesterday!!!

2009-10-12 12:26 PM
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No, thank YOU - the volunteers for this race rocked!
2009-10-12 1:56 PM
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mr2tony - 2009-10-12 10:08 AM
mattb1 - 2009-10-12 9:02 AM I didn't do as well as I wanted to.  I went 4:05.  Was holding an 8:40 pace until mile 20 and then the wheels fell off and it was the dreaded Ironman Shuffle the rest of the way.

On a good note my wife rocked it.  She went 3:35 and qualified for Boston with over 5 minutes to spare.  We have to start looking for plane tickets and hotels this week.  I'm happy and proud of her. 
Dayum go girl! Did she make you her ... I mean, did she say `Haha I totally chicked you!'


Haha.  Not those exact words, but pretty close.  I did get the joking "what took you so long" when I saw her after the race. 

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2009-10-12 1:58 PM
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miami9296 - 2009-10-12 11:54 AM

mattb1 - 2009-10-12 9:02 AM I didn't do as well as I wanted to.  I went 4:05.  Was holding an 8:40 pace until mile 20 and then the wheels fell off and it was the dreaded Ironman Shuffle the rest of the way.

On a good note my wife rocked it.  She went 3:35 and qualified for Boston with over 5 minutes to spare.  We have to start looking for plane tickets and hotels this week.  I'm happy and proud of her. 

I didn't know you were doing this??? I was out there volunteering at the FF water stop....sorry you didn't have as great a race you wanted to...I still think that's pretty respectable! And MANY congrats to the wife!!



Yeah, I signed up a while back.  Need something to train for this summer.  I knew it was going to be tough as I really didn't put 100% effort into training.  Just happy that Anne got her spot to Boston. 
2009-10-12 7:03 PM
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the volunteers were fantastic.  80 per waterstop or so...that was crazy.

Side note...do they get to keep those blue jackets they were wearing? Becuase...I think I might have to pass on it next year if thats the case! haha


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Decatur217 - 2009-10-12 7:03 PM the volunteers were fantastic.  80 per waterstop or so...that was crazy.

Side note...do they get to keep those blue jackets they were wearing? Becuase...I think I might have to pass on it next year if thats the case! haha


Yep we get to keep the jackets and the hats...and if any of you were the people who I had to turn back from the A corral I'm sorry
2009-10-13 11:15 AM
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I barely snuck into the A corral in time - thanks for not turning me away   I was surprised at how wide open it was when I got in there.  It was only about half-full?!?!

Originally (when I signed up in February), I was planning on shooting for my first sub-3 marathon, but triathlon has taken over and my run-specific training has suffered.  I'm doing a half-iron in two weeks, so I just wanted to hang on and stay healthy.  The plan was to start at 7:30s and see how long that felt manageable.  Pretty much kept that pace the whole way, with some minor ebbs and flows and finished at 3:19.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered.  This race was definitely very well supported!

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2009-10-13 12:22 PM
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Okay...so I didn't run the Chicago marathon technically. But I did run 18.75 miles of it as part of my IMAZ training. I wanted to share the below article that David Wallach of the Trib wrote about my good friend Lauren. He ran the whole things And yes...the "Crazy Barb" cited in the article is me.

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/pace-of-chicago/2009/10/a-view-from...

It's kind of a fun look at what goes on in the back of the pack...

And I'd like to ammend that I did indeed run with a bib...no baditing on my end. My hubby was supposed to run and elected not to...so...I used his and turned in his chip at the end (no, I didn't wear it though).

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2009-10-13 2:57 PM
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Um, this race was AWESOME!  Chinatown was unreal!  All the spectators and volunteers pushed us to a nice PR...thanks Chicago!

My legs are just starting to work again...

2009-10-13 4:14 PM
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curegirl - 2009-10-13 2:57 PM


My legs are just starting to work again...



I wish I could say the same


2009-10-13 8:11 PM
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Day 2 and I can walk - light jog if I wanted to, but frankly I'd rather not at all.

Great race, great time.  Congratuations to all who endured the cold and I am jealous of the volunteer jackets, those were kinda cool.

2009-10-13 11:39 PM
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miami9296 - 2009-10-12 11:55 AM

CONGRATULATIONS everyone!!! It was awesome to watch and volunteer yesterday!!!



Thank YOU for volunteering.. Best race I have done (2nd Marathon.. and will do it again)..
shooting for 4;00, ended up 4:30 due to lack o' training because of knee problems (which didn't show up on race day, but the IT Band and hammy cramps did)..
still, awesome race, awesome volunteers!
2009-10-14 10:47 AM
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Great story and congrats to your friend.  And to you for helping her along.  Though if you were easily jogging backwards in front of me at mile 24 I would have kicked you mercilessly.
2009-10-15 10:26 PM
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For those that have done it...

is a marathon harder than a 70.3 tri?  I am wanting to make my half-iron debut this summer perhaps at steelhead? I am up for any challenge but just want to know what I am getting myself into.
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