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 Late Chicago Marathon Report...

Joined: 09 May 2006
Posts: 84

Late Chicago Marathon Report... Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 6:57 am 

OK, it was very cold out there Marathon morning and forcasted rainy and windy! I decided to go with tights and a singlet..... well, I never warmed up with the singlet, I should have stayed with the long sleeved shirt. The rain pretty much stayed away but there were gusts of wind here and there.
Mile 1: 8:40 good start, not too fast and I'm getting the juices flowing.
Mile 2: 8:09 I'm getting away from the big starting crowds, but a little fast.
Mile 3: 8:14 Much better, if I could just hold this pace...
Mile 4: 9:10 Not sure what happended here.
Mile 5: 8:01 OK, not too consistent, but I'm having some fun out here. The crowds are great!
Mile 6: 8:25 We are running into the wind now approaching the very North Side.
Mile 7: 8:09
Mile 8: 8:05 A little more consistent. I'm feeling strong and want to let go, but know I shouldn't.
Mile 9: 8:10 Can I hold this pace?
Mile 10: 8:09 I think I might have found my groove, but it sure is cold out here and I'm not sure if I can hold pace.
Mile 11: 8:08 I feel pretty good still
Mile 12: 8:31 the crowds are great and I stop for some re-fueling.
Mile 13: 8:18 I see mrsbill, my brother and Mother, sister and BIL. I blow by thinking I'll never hold this pace so I 'll catch up with them at 21.
Mile 14: 8:09 I can't believe I'm still holding pace.
Mile 15: 8:14 Can this be right?
Mile 16: 8:22 I can feel the muscles now and am wondering if missing 6 weeks of training is catching up to me. Mid section feels really good, glad I did all that ab work this year.
Mile 17: 8:29 It's catching up to me, there is no way I'm going to hold this pace, legs are starting to hurt. OUCH!
Mile 18: 8:47 Starting to slow down a little...
Mile 19: 9:39 Had to stop and get some gatorade. Things are starting to hurt now.
Mile 20: 8:26 The crowds carry me threw this mile.
Mile 21: 8:23 I can't believe I'm still going. I'm cold and tiring. I stop and see the family and get food and drink. A boost of energy, can I make it?
Mile 22: 9:31 I have to stop for a bit. Still cold and very much hurting at this point. I have to finish now.
Mile 23: 8:42 Not much caring about pace anymore, I just want to finish.
Mile 24: 8:56 Is this thing ever going to end??
Mile 25: 8:31 Against the wind for the last couple of miles. The crowd is fabulous! Carrying us through the last of this thing.
Mle 26: 8:36 I think I'm going to finish, but my legs are hurting pretty bad now. I'm praying to have God carry me the last 1/4 mile... I find strength in the crowd and work them waving my hands and pointing in the air. They are really cheering now. I kick into the finish, whew! I'm done!
Finish Line: 1:34 The Finish Line crowd and God totally carry me through to the Finish Line!
Results: 3:42:30 8:29 / Mile
About 3 minutes slower than last year but I'm not complaining. Whew, I'm done!!
Anyway, my goal was sub 3:39 which was last year's time.
I'll take it considering I had a calf problem early in my training and needed 6 weeks off including physical therapy to come out of it.
I did run into lakerunr out there who noticed my shirt which I posted online prior to the race. Looks like he came in right with me. I also ran with barefoot rick for a time.
Nice to meet you both.
Great job everyone!

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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Re: Late Chicago Marathon Report... Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:31 pm 

Way to go mrbill! You really kept it together the whole way, not slowing much at all even in the last few miles. Excellent job! Congratulations, and enjoy some rest before your next race.


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Posts: 225

Re: Late Chicago Marathon Report... Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:10 am 

Awesome job, mrbill, and what a great way to read your RR - being there at every mile made me appreciate exactly what you were going through!


South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: Late Chicago Marathon Report... Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:11 am 

Nice job mrbill! I'm curious to know what you did about nutrition during your race. Did you just rely on the water/gatorade at the aid stations or did you carry any carb/electrolyte supplements with you? How much and how often did you consume any of these?

I used to just rely on the aid stations during my earlier marathons but in the past couple years have started wearing a FuelBelt with carbo drink and gels, and electrolyte tabs. I don't think the gatorade on the course (or watever drink they provide) is provides enough help; especially when the volunteers don't mix it right and it ends up diluted because they added too much water or the mixture has settled to the bottom of the contaner they mixed it in. I recall seeing a canoe paddle in a big container at the Marine Corps Marathon.


Joined: 09 May 2006
Posts: 84

Re: Late Chicago Marathon Report... Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:03 pm 

I have a GuGlip which holds about 6 gels and clips to your waistband. I filled it up with fresh Honey. Bad thing was, it was cold enough to make it difficult to get the honey out as it was thickening up. I did bring some gels with me and they had some on the course. I also had my family out there and had some gummy worms (my favorite) at the 21 mile mark.

Thanks for the comments!


South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: Late Chicago Marathon Report... Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:10 pm 

I've taken to using a FuelBelt this year and have a Gel Flask attached to it also. I put about 5 GUs in it and then mix it with water to thin it so that it's easier to get out while I'm running...and it's easier to swallow. I've tried the gummies(i.e. Clif Blocks) but found them to be a bit annoying to chew and swallow while trying to keep them from getting stuck to my teeth. It's interesting how little things can be so annoying around the 18 mile point and you're trying to keep your pace.

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