Chicago Marathon

  • memphisrunner

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    Sep 03, 2007 8:27 PM GMT
    Anyone else looking to run sub 3 hour at Chicago this year?
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    Sep 05, 2007 11:38 AM GMT
    I'm running Chicago this year and am hoping to run a sub 3:30. Ran it in 3:34:37 in '06.
  • memphisrunner

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    Sep 07, 2007 2:00 PM GMT
    I haven't raced a marathon in 4 years so I'm not sure what will happen. Ran Chicago in '02 in 3:06. Was really inconsistent with my running the past couple of years. This year mostly running 50k+ distances but have tried to focus the past 12 weeks on lactate threshold and marathon pace runs. Africa hot here all summer so looking forward to cooler temperatures. Good luck on race day
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    Oct 05, 2007 11:04 PM GMT
    Sunday is the day! I'm number 3339 and will be in corral B. I ran my first marathon on my 50th birthday in Chicago and hopefully will be my PR of 3:34:37 this year. I am having some pre-race jitters already. Good luck to everyone runing it! icon_biggrin.gif Duane
  • dfrourke

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    Oct 06, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    in 87 degree heat? just finishing will be an achievement...I am in Chiacago cheering the runners on!

    Good luck to my sisters, Amy and Melissa...

    Go team ROURKE.

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    Oct 06, 2007 4:43 AM GMT
    Good luck memphisrunner, runner_duane and David (dfrourke's) relatives.... icon_biggrin.gif

    It's always a fight to get people to understand what an amazing achievement not only finishing a marathon is, but running it quickly. Someone else posted on another thread how "unpretty" or "slow" distance runners look.

    It would be another great thread topic how much distance running is undervalued, and insulted,as an athletic pursuit. Look how it's relegated to treadmills with headphones...as such an unappealing thing to do that you need to distance yourself as much as possible from it.

    Oh, am I digressing? Sorry.

    Running a sub-three hour marathon is an achievement. Running such in anything greater than less than 70 at low relative humidity and anything greater than 55 degrees at high relative humidity is awesome.

    Good luck guys...

    John
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    Oct 08, 2007 3:39 PM GMT
    So how did everyone do in the disastrous Chicago Marathonicon_question.gif
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    Oct 08, 2007 4:24 PM GMT
    that thing was a fiasco. i was forced to stop the race at my 24th mile. i feel like i got tackled at the one-yard line...
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    Oct 08, 2007 4:33 PM GMT
    a buddy finished at 3:40, ...said ran out of water and gatorade, and diverted all participants off the course at 4 hours. Pure misery.
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    Oct 08, 2007 4:43 PM GMT
    Yeah, the unseasonable warmth and humidity really didn't help the marathon. It passed by my work.
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    Oct 08, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    they were completely out of water and gatorade by the second water stop, less than 5 miles into the race. the only drinks we got after that were from churches, and businesses, and chicagoans coming out of their homes to cheer us on.
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    Oct 09, 2007 5:25 AM GMT
    Doesn't sound like it was very well organized, they new that the heat was coming on race day and though it would've been hard they needed to find a way to get more drinks to the participants. Especially when people's lives depend on it.

    I wonder how many lawsuits the organizers will have slapped against them.
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    Oct 09, 2007 12:20 PM GMT
    I finished in 3:55:58 which was my worst time ever. The first half I kept up my planned 8 minute pace but had to slow down to almost a slow jog by the end. I was in corral B so water and Gatorade supplies were more than adequate when I passed the stations but many runners, including myself, were taking lots of water not to drink, but to cool off with. The volunteers at the stations did not seem to have any problems with this. I'm feeling some quilt about this now. Anyway, I have to say I enjoyed it and will be back next October to hopefully do a sub 3:30.
  • dfrourke

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    Oct 17, 2007 4:20 AM GMT
    Disasterous? Well, definitely some MAJOR mixed messages going on...

    Amy finished in 4:53
    Melissa finished in 6:18

    - Lack of adequate water/gator aid for the first 6 miles
    - scorching sun on the back half of the race
    - 88 degree heat
    - cancelling the race around mile 18 [for my sisters]

    both finished, but it seemed dangerous to stop a stampede once it has begun...if the organizers were REALLY that concerned about the weather it shouldn't have started in the first place...

    I couldn't imagine what it must have been like in the second half of the race when your body is already demanding that you walk...and then the race organizer are yelling at you to walk...I mean...come on...how psychologically ridiculous is that?

    I am proud of my two sisters, and I know they were smart about running in such extreme heat, but there seemed to be a lack of critical thinking in the days that lead up to race day...the heat was not a surprise...

    - David
  • helium

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    Dec 30, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    I heard of that happening. I was shocked about that mess. I know I wanted to do it this year but missed the registration period and it filled up quick. I know that I did it 2 years ago when it was the opposite where it was freezing cold. I did that and had to stop around mile 17 because of my knees flaring up in sheer pain. I know that I will be doing the 08 Marathon and will redeem myself and try to work on my goal of getting to the Boston Marathon before I turn 30.
  • helium

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    Jan 02, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    Anyone going to run the Chicago Marathon this year after last year's festivities??? I know I will.
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    Jan 29, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    Yes, I'm running Chicago again this year. Ran and finished in 2006 and 2007. I'm still trying to run a sub 3:30 and maybe that will be the one. Registration opens in February I think.
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    Feb 07, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    YES!
    And I better qualify for Boston!
    If I don't in May at Fredrick, MD
    After I saw Spirit of the Marathon, I decided immediately that Chicago would be my fantastic . . . unless it is miserable like last year.
  • helium

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    Feb 10, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    Please let's hope not. I don't want to run in something like that. I would just scream bloody murder.
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    Feb 11, 2008 11:09 PM GMT
    Chicago Marathon was a COMPLETE DANGEROUS MESS! And, then add insult to injury and have the Event Director (Carey Pinowski) not admit the mistakes that he and his organization made. Sure, the weather was out of anyone's control but he and the event staff know this and still ran out of water and gaterade (remember 45,000 people signed up, 35,000 showed up and yet there was still no water? What would have happened if the other 10,000 showed up? Poor planning).

    Chicago Half Marathon is in August. Is anyone doing it?

  • helium

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    Mar 24, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    Not sure if I'll do it or not. Thinking about it. I know that I'll be doing a few 5K races. So I'll see if I'm in the mood for the half marathon.