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  • 26 miles
  • 04:47 time
  • 10:56 pace
  • 5005 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
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    • Currently /5 Effort.
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good Chicago Marathon 26.2 mi 04:47 10:56 pace

Full review
Started the morning by waking up at 3am, so I lay around the hotel room. Put on a pace tattoo, but half of it wouldn't stick and fell off. Never tried that before and you know race day is perfect for that kind of stuff. So I only had pace info till 13.1. Ate my Wheaties for breakfast of course, and left at 6:15. I got to walk down my my two cousins to the start area. We checked our gear and waited forEVER in the potty line.

From there I said our good lucks. I lined up near the 4:10 pace group, but later would decide that was a mistake. I wore some of my old fat clothes that I was going to donate to charity anyways. Man was I nervous and excited. I stayed near the 4:10 group the first few miles. They were pissing me off so I dropped them for a few miles. They were wildly inconsistent, 10 seconds too fast, 20 too slow, 15 too fast. They would jump in and out of traffic, easy for a pacer, but the whole crowded would do the same to stay on their heels, it was a mess. at about mile 10 when I started feeling a blister form on my toe they caught back up to me. I figured at that time I would wait till the first aid station after 13.1 to use the restroom to keep the kidneys working and tie my shoe tighter to fix the blister from getting worse. It wasn't a bad blister just knew I would have one there.

After 14ish I stopped to use it and fix myself up. Before that I got some stomach cramps like I did at BLS half after eating a Cliff Razz gel. No more of those for me when running under 10's. Just did some Tai chi while I ran...blowing clouds.

Not long after that mile 16-17 I started to feel a twinge in my right quad. So I changed some of the water stops and opted for Gatorade. That didn't work and I took a second gel at 15ish. By mile 18 my legs was IN pain. I started having to walk the aid stations to recover enough to run on it again. Some where along there I had to stop for a pit stop again as I thought I was going to pants my poop. Got some bio freeze for it, some vasiline for my ummm ummm, and a s-cap that I dissolved into a Gatorade. At this point I was taking frequent 5 minute walk breaks.

Your mind sure likes to play tricks on you during a marathon. Mile 20.8 came (the place I blew up last year) and my body had all kind of funny aches. I simply said STFU and kept running.

I love running through the different neighborhoods. Pilsen was my favorite. Next was Chinatown or the loop areas. And Old town gets an honorable mention. There were parts you would come over a bridge and there would be a huge crowd of people waiting to cheer you on. In Chinatown it was full sun, so I stripped down to just at shirt and finally pitched my hat, gloves and long sleeve. (If anyone has shirt less pics of a sexy ass runner in Chinatown please forward them to me.)

Most times I saw a camera man I gave them a thumbs up and rock on for my three daughters. I thought about them frequently on my run today. It was go great to run up Michigan, cold too. When I got to 400 yds I thought about the runner that died last year right there. My mind placed tricks on me and my heart was skipping a beat. STFU and keep running! I hit 26, ONLY 385 more yards, turned that corner and saw the finishline. It was so glorious!

It was not the time I wanted, but I should have been smarter. I was sick for a week. I even took off of work on Friday. It's not an excuse, but just a lesson for next time. Maybe, right now I want to sleep. Thank you to all who follow me your encouraging keeps me going!

This is my first official marathon finish. I did it un-supported last year in 5:34. So this by default is a PR. I always set the bar too high for myself and then second guess and get all moody at my events. Should I have taken music? I am so glad I didn't I was able to experience Chicago. Should I have taken a handheld? I think what I did was fine, I would have drank less with a handheld. I would have skipped aid stations. Should I have ran with the 4:25? That is maybe a yes. I think that is my downfall there.
I love Chicago and am so happy to finally be a Chicago Marathon Finisher...till next run!

  • Tommy T.
    Tommy T.

    Still a great effort and your finished. It was my first marathon and I didn't meet my time goal but I still had a great time.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Ben K.

    Great run David. You've come a long way over the last year. You inspire me for sure! Sorry I've been so absent from the DM, but I'm really glad to see your put a major marathon as a notch in your ever shrinking belt. Great write up too. Awesome job today.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Becky L.
    Becky L.

    Amazing job David. Congratulations. Inspirational!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Steena
    Steena

    Congratulations! Chicago is a tough beast, it really is! I struggled there in 2010, and 11. Be proud of your finish! You fought all of it until you finished! Wear your medal proudly!! You finished 26.2 freaking miles!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Steve M.

    Great job no matter what David! Nice race report!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Maggie W.

    Haha, great race report! Congrats on being a marathoner!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Cory C.
    Cory C.

    Awesome job!! A very good story; that memory of the first marathon will last forever.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Kim B.
    Kim B.

    This was a great recap,wonderful to read! I'd say this was an awesome run even if you WEREN'T sick or had all the race day struggles. Overcoming it all just makes the finish even better. Congratulations!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Leah G.
    Leah G.

    Awesome run, David!! Congrats!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Rachel V.
    Rachel V.

    Congrats! Great job! :)

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jeff M.
    Jeff M.

    congrats on the finish, there's always a next run, the marathon distance is tricky to dial in with nutrition/drinking, so consider it a win

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Cara V.
    Cara V.

    Every marathon is a lesson! After PRing in my second marathon - I think I bonked in at least the next 5 before I finally hit a PR again. There are SO many variables that go into a race that long. ANYthing can happen - and anyone who's ever run a marathon knows finishing (in any time) is a fantastic accomplishment! Congrats!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Maryjo Powrozek R.
    Maryjo Powrozek R.

    Great job, David! I'm glad that you had a mostly good experience. I enjoyed Pilsen the most as well. Great energy there.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Diane V.
    Diane V.

    Congratulations, David, and great recap! You did great and overcame some big obstacles!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Allison H.
    Allison H.

    Congrats David!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • John P.
    John P.

    Congrats on your first official one David, way to make it happen!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Brad P.
    Brad P.

    Huge congrats on the marathon David, it sounds like you did a fantastic job especially considering all of the various "issues" that sprang up on you. I loved the detailed write up to, amazing job! I run my first full in 2 weeks, I'm both excited and nervous all at once.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Tony M.
    Tony M.

    Way to GO!!!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Heather H.
    Heather H.

    Congrats on your 1st official marathon and PR!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Nathaniel B.
    Nathaniel B.

    Really appreciate the candid race report. Monster congrats on sticking with it, and nicely done in Chicago!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Ryan G.
    Ryan G.

    Congrats man! Good call on the no music. It's so much better to take in all the crowds and feed off the energy.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Sara K.
    Sara K.

    Congrats! Nice race!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Steve T.
    Steve T.

    You learned a lot with this one and it sounds like you know yourself well, so it would seem you know what work lies ahead of you. Congrats on the finish!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Joli S.
    Joli S.

    Great job!!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Joy F.
    Joy F.

    Great Job Babe! You are my marathon man and my inspiration to go farther myself. SUPER PROUD!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Michelle M.
    Michelle M.

    great job!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Michelle M.
    Michelle M.

    great job!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jackie

    Congratulations! Great time.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Chris B.
    Chris B.

    Awesome work! Congratulations!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Calvin
    Calvin

    Congratulations on beating your time from last year. Each time is a learning experience. Not pantsing your poop is a win everytime!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Bobbi W.
    Bobbi W.

    Congratulations!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • David F.
    David F.

    Thank You to everyone for your love and support. You are truly like family to me!

    over 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Andrea
    Andrea Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    I'm so glad you got some vaseline on your uuumm ummm. I'm glad you didn't pants your poop. I'm glad I saw you speed by at mile 7.5. I'm glad you finished a great race after being sick. Job well done, my friend!

    over 4 years ago

  • Kelly L.
    Kelly L. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Great recap and I love how you told all your self-doubt to STFU! Way to persevere today and rock Chi-town. nice job!

    over 4 years ago

  • Kelly H.
    Kelly H. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Glad you pushed through until the very end!

    over 4 years ago

  • Matt G.
    Matt G. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congrats on your first marathon! Way to fight through the pain and discomfort. That's all is the past, and now you've finished a marathon.

    over 4 years ago

  • Brian A.
    Brian A.

    Congrats, Marathoner. Happy for ya.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Elsa N.
    Elsa N. Congrats
    Congrats:

    WTG!!! What an AMAZING time!! :)

    over 4 years ago

  • Brenda B.
    Brenda B. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Great job on the marathon!!!

    over 4 years ago

  • Nick M.
    Nick M. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congrats David! Great write up and great run!

    over 4 years ago

  • Frank A.
    Frank A. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Way to go David - well done to get through the weird thoughts during the race and finish. The hardships we experience are worth the name of Chicago Marathon Finisher!

    over 4 years ago

  • Merrideth G.
    Merrideth G. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and lessons! You are not alone in having those physical and mental hurdles! Every marathon has it challenges and I can't wait to hear the recap of your next one!

    over 4 years ago

  • Amanda F.
    Amanda F. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Big congrats to you David!! Definitely a major accomplishment!!!

    over 4 years ago

  • Adamm9 Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Congrats on the first "official" marathon!

    over 4 years ago

  • Allison S.
    Allison S. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Amazing work, David! Reading about how you toughed it out and kept truckin' gave me fuzzies! Congratulations and I hope you feel awesome for accomplishing that!

    over 4 years ago