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Chicago, Illinois
United States
32F / 0C
Total Time = 4h 00m 33s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 45-49
Age Group Rank = 188/1097
Pre-race routine:

Got to Parking Garage a little before 6 am. We waited in the car for about 10 minutes then ventured out into the cold. It was pretty cool to be downtown before sunrise. Hit the pottie and waited until the last possible minute to check my gear as I didn't want to take off my fleece and sweat pants.
Event warmup:

Just shivering in the crowd.
  • 4h 00m 33s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 11s  min/mile

This was my second marathon distance, but my first stand alone marathon. When I did IMWI, I did not care how long it took me to finish the run, just wanted to finish. This time I had a time goal in mind. I wanted 4 hours. This was a lofty goal and one I was not willing to admit to anyone who asked. I could run a sub 2 hour half, but could I sustain that pace for twice as long? Adding to the drama, was the fact that I've had several nagging foot issues. I carry my little spray bottle of bio-freeze on all long runs in case my feet act up. Plus, the fact that I have colitis means that my guts can act up. (Read my IMWI race report and the 8 porta-pottie stops on the run).
However...the insides behaved very nicely due to careful pre-race eating. I was concerned about the cold so I had worn an old sweatshirt over my running shirt which I ditched at mile 4. (and off to the the side so the people behind me wouldn't trip on it) The first 6 miles flew by due to excitement and the fantastic crowd. I was on pace at a 9 minute mile. At the half I was still on pace and feeling OK. The feet were a bit uncomfortable but able to push through it. By mile 15 the miles seemed to take forever, although I was still on pace. Mile 20...seems as though I must be running a 15 minute mile, but I'm still on pace. Mile 22...I hit the wall. Ironically it's not the feet or the tummy that has me down, it's my old friend the IT band. I hobble on and then I have to stop. I spray my knee, take a motrin and attempt to continue. The next mile or so I'm probably at a 10 minute pace. I pick it up. At mile 24 I realize I can still get that 4 hour goal if I pick it up. Mile 25 I'm at 3:51. I'm going to have to really dig deep to make it. I don't know where I found it, but somehow I found the strength to run faster. As I hit Mile 26 (on that lovely uphill) I was running as hard as I could at that point. FINISH 4:00:33!

Went home and found out that I qualified for Boston by 27 seconds.
Signed up for that the next day and I'm eagerly awaiting the letter that indicates if I'm actually in.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing! I'm ecstatic over my race.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank some water, but couldn't eat. Retrieved my stuff for gear check and called my husband. He was trying to make his way from mile 25 to find me. He and my son me 3 times at different points, but I never saw them.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Did the best I could.

Event comments:

Very exciting and well run. Will do it again in a few years.

Last updated: 2009-10-13 12:00 AM
04:00:33 | 26.2 miles | 09m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 188/1097
Overall: 11338/
Performance: Good
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-10-13 6:50 PM

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Illinois _ Chicago area
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2009-10-13 6:54 PM
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Congrats!  See you in Boston.
2009-10-13 7:58 PM
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Good luck in Boston!
2009-10-13 11:01 PM
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2009-10-14 9:43 AM
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Wow!! Way to go! You dug deep and got it done! Enjoy the post race glow!! time to hit the hills to train for Boston!
2009-10-14 10:10 AM
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nice job!!!  have fun in Boston!

2009-10-14 11:59 AM
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Waukesha, WI
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That's amazing.  Way to gut it out for the last 1.2.  Congrats.
2009-10-16 5:12 PM
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Ft. Wayne, IN
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Outstanding job, its always sweet to overcome the hurdles that come up in these races to meet or beat the goal.  See you in Boston, we should see confirmations soon!
2009-10-19 10:26 PM
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Congrats to you! See you in Boston!

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