Chicago Marathon - I'm a finisher!!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I did it!! What an amazing experience, I can't even begin to put it down in words. The whole week seems like a blur and it all went by so fast. Sunday we were up at 4:30am getting ready for the big day. The weather was amazing (COLD!!), but perfect for running. I took the train in from Evanston with 4 of my friends and fellow runners. Here's me and Elizabeth on the L:

By the time we hit up the bathroom and gear check, we had to get into our start coral. The worst part - waiting to get to the start line! Here's us trying to keep warm while the first wave headed out.

The new wave system proved effective and it only took us 12 minutes to get to the start line after the second wave began at 8am. We REALLY just wanted to start running cuz we were so cold!

The crowd was so amazing, the route was amazing...it really didn't even register that I was running...I had friends and family at miles 6,8,15,19,22 and 23.5, which was beyond amazing. I feel like it was an out of body experience and was thankful to occupy my time looking for my people (I found everyone!!) and experiencing everything the race had to offer. Here's me finding my husband and parents in Chinatown:

The race couldn't have been any better and I'm so glad to have had such a great 1st (maybe last?) marathon experience. I beat my goal by 6 minutes and finished in 4 hours, 24 minutes.

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