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Chicago, Illinois
United States
LeSalle Bank
38F / 3C
Total Time = 3h 28m 41s
Overall Rank = 4031/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 621/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5 a.m....ate a powerbar..looked at the weather forecast..drank some water.
Event warmup:

Got to the Preferred Start 1 and stretched a bit
  • 3h 28m 41s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Had two issues about mile 22 or so..1st issue was my right calf cramped up again..but it got soo bad that my foot began to cramp up as well. The second issue was my stomach..I think I wasn't quite use to all the power gel..stomach cramps at mile 20..I started walking at mile 23 but I'm proud of myself for fighting through the 2 issues, I think 2 years ago I would have just walked it in....
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, I thought I had run a perfect race for me up until Mile 22 or so...Maybe do more long runs with Powergel or Gu or something. I have to find a way to keep my calves from cramping.
Post race
Warm down:

Waited for my training partners at the Buckingham Fountain? I couldn't wait too long as I asked a nice lady to watch our stuff, we put all our stuff in one bag...I really had to go potty..Pretty much stayed in the potty the entire afternoon..Went to the Big Downtown Restaurant and ordered Ham and bean soup and the Diablo burger..hope it was good because I couldn't eat a bite..I was in the restroom the entire time..ran (OK, limped to CVS across the street) some pepto and Immonia AD. Guess where the pharmacy was? On the second floor..ouch..the poor lady behind the counter, asked me if I was OK and that I should get someting to eat.....OK...went back to the restaurant and stared at the food..couldn't eat anything...the cab ride to the loft was no fun..4 guys in a cab after a marathon...can you say squeeze and moan and groan...the taxi cab driver thought it was hilarious when we all got out of the cab..he couldn't believe all the sounds we were making getting out of the cab..

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Calf cramps and stomach issues.

Event comments:

Crowd was wonderful as usual...I am disappointed that I did not qualify for Boston but I'm proud to say I finished even with the 2 issues. I caught the pace group about Mile 12 like I planned and eased up to the point pretty well. Didn't like staying behind the group because at the water stops it was a terrible mess, so I got slightly ahead of them at about Mile 14 or 15 and was pully away.....maybe that was a mistake, anyway, I was on a 3:20 pace until Mile 22 or so..I think I can do this Boston thing. The weather conditions were not perfect but they weren't tooo terribly bad. The last 3 miles were brutal though because they were straight into the wind. I still hate that bridge going into the finish area..but hey it is a great course and event...I hope this was entertaining..I have to chuckle myself at some of things that happened...As usual the fans were awesome!!Thanks everyone who was cheering!! Elvis was pretty cool and the most important thing I remembered Chinatown this time...I was smiling when I went through Chinatown because the last 2 times I didn't remember going through Chinatown.

Last updated: 2006-06-08 12:00 AM
03:28:41 | 26.2 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 611/
Overall: 4031/
Performance: Good
Here was my splits, can you tell me when I hit the wall? Mile 1=8:12 2 = 7:37 3=7:44 4=7:30 5=7:29 6=7:40 7=7:33 8=7;38 9=7:29 10=7:27 11=7:33 12=7:31 13=7:40 14=7:36 15=7:35 16=7:30 17=7:36 18=7:36 19=7:40 20=7:46 21=8:00 22=8:17 23= 8:20 24=9:16 25=10:00 26.2 =11:26
Course: Flat and Cold
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-10-23 11:39 PM

Noblesville, Indiana
Subject: Chicago Marathon

2006-10-24 6:36 AM
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Racine WI
Subject: RE: Chicago Marathon
Awesome time, especially considering the stomach and calve issues. The spectators were great werent they, especially in Chinatown and the hispanic community! Did you happen to notice "the wall" at about mile 19.5? That was the biggest laugh of the day. And yes, I agree, I hate that bridge at about the 600meter mark. Let me be blantantly clear, it just SUCKED! But, you had an awesome run. I don't think it'll be long before you qualify for Boston. Congratulations!
2006-10-24 8:45 AM
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over a barrier
Subject: RE: Chicago Marathon
Nice race Jim! sorry to hear about the stomach issues! I'm sure Boston will come a knocking soon! Maybe Twin cities or Grandma's in Minn....I can't remember which one, but you for those is a fast course.

Good luck!
2006-10-24 8:48 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
Subject: RE: Chicago Marathon
WOW sooper fast!! COngratulations
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