[BoA] Chicago Marathon

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    Oct 05, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    Just wanted to start a thread about the Chicago Marathon this Sunday October 11th.

    Anyone else running it? Going for a PR or a BQ?.

    I hope to see some of you around. What a good day it will be to run 26.2 miles and celebrate National Coming Out Day.

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    Oct 05, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    Get in touch with the Chicago Frontrunners http://www.frfwchicago.org/. If things are the way they have been in past years, they will prob be hosting a social run on Saturday and dinner that evening, plus a party after the race. They will also be working a water station.

    Couple LA buds will be running, but they're not on RJ to be able to connect you.

    Have a great race!!
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    Oct 05, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info. There are 5 of us from my dept. doing it and I am wicked excited. Don't know why this one out of all the others is pumping me up.

    Good luck to your friends. 40,000+ is going to be a crowd. Gun time at 7:30 means I won't cross the start until 8:00-8:15 in spite of my corral.
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    Oct 05, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    BEST OF LUCK ON THE CHICAGO MARATHON!
    Hope the weather is much more mild than it was last year when a runner died of heat stroke......looks like it should be partly sunny and a morning start temp around 42 rising only to about 50.....should be nice running!
    Are you looking to hold a pace or just a more casual recreational run experience?
    Get your carbs in, get your sport beans and HYDRATE!

    I will be running the Columbus Marathon on Sunday October 18...it starts at 7am.....have been training like a maniac for several months and eating as clean as possible....I am real excited abut it too! Anyone else doing the Columbus Marathon?

    What is this BS rule about "NO IPODS or other headphone/MP3/Radios"? I'm not looking for world ranking or prizes, I just want to go have fun and do this as a more casual recreational run experience...the thrill of running with 15000 of my closest friends......and a really cool technical shirt......and the party that night!
    This is gonna be a blast! Got my last and longest training run coming up on Saturday Oct. 10....22miles and then cut back before the race....

    GOOD LUCK! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 05, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Good Luck and enjoy Pinny!

    Remember, no more running. Heal up and save it for Sunday.icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm running in Victoria, Canada Oct.11 but plan on doing Chicago next year.

    You can update me on the course.
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    Oct 05, 2009 6:53 AM GMT
    Wow...I'll be in Chicago this Sat. through Wed. and had absolutely no idea there was a big marathon happening...and that it's National Coming Out Day. When did Natl Coming Out Day come on the scene?? Where have I been? lol How is it different from Pride?
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    Oct 05, 2009 1:36 PM GMT
    Thanks Sporty and 26.

    Chicago is tough they are pretty demanding . I saw them tackle someone on the course who didn't have a bib number, it was a mans daughter who was helping him get through a tough mile. Thankfully the weather looks infinitely better than previous years. I believe it was the last three years where miraculously the temperature got up to 90. They closed the course last year I believe. Just shut it down and had to golf cart everyone passed a 4:15 ish time or something (I wasn't paying attention just glad to be done). It was terrible.

    Columbus is a great one, good luck, it I completely jealous of it.

    I am going for 3:30 which isn't remarkable but a personal goal. I hope to maintain it in spite of my little injury.

    The course is completely flat, that is what makes Chicago, Chicago and brings 45,000 runners. It is one of the best courses for BQ-ing since you know it is almost always a 0%-1% incline.

    Good luck to both of you in Columbus and Victoria.

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    Oct 12, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    The race was amazing.

    It was really cold but that is life. I want to thank every single lat gay guy in Boys Town who went out to entertain all of us runners. I heard for crowds and crowds of people that, aside from the finish, that entire area was the most lively and the best place to run.

    I sincerely thank you for making the 26 miles so easy during the 8-9 mile.
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    Oct 12, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    Congrats on the marathon. Sounds like you had a great run.

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    Oct 12, 2009 1:47 PM GMT
    Limp to work, post pictures later, enjoy one more day of sympathy from myself then back to work at the gym and contemplating how to BQ.
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    Oct 12, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Pinny saidThe race was amazing.

    It was really cold but that is life. I want to thank every single lat gay guy in Boys Town who went out to entertain all of us runners. I heard for crowds and crowds of people that, aside from the finish, that entire area was the most lively and the best place to run.

    I sincerely thank you for making the 26 miles so easy during the 8-9 mile.


    CONGRATULATIONS! GREAT JOB!

    How did you do?
    Were you happy with your performance?
    Any training or tactical approaches that you would have changed?
    Any words of advise for me as I prep for the Columbus Marathon this coming Sunday 10-18-2009?
    I hope we have some areas as entertaining as the "Boys Town" area of your run..... icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 12, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    I didn't do as well as I wanted but I did get hit by a car a week and a half before (sad face).

    The one thing I would have changed is that during the training process I would have run harder. I was obsessed with the idea that 26 miles was out of reach and thus maintained a solid pace to all during training in order to finish the mileage. The fact of the matter is that ones training is built on maintaining speed WHILE increasing endurance. Thus for the next marathon I will be training at a pace that was A LOT faster than the 8:30 I was posting.

    My pearls of wisdom will be the same as a lot of people but it just reinforces the accuracy and validity of the statement. IT IS ALL MENTAL. You can do it, never tell yourself you can't. Your body will hurt but your mind can push it. Also hydrate, alternate gatorade and water, if you feel a cramp coming on, make sure you get some gatorade until it subsides or if you need to take 30s to stretch, stretch. Take 2-3 gu and pace them out during the race. Eat a banana if offered post 15 miles.

    And always remember, everyone wins who finishes. What you will accomplish, 98% of the population has never done and will never do!

    Best,