The weekend has come and gone and that means only one thing...the 2012 Chicago Marathon is over! I'm anxious to read some of your recaps on running it or spectating it. Some of you have been wondering how my marathon went and I want to tell you but unfortunately, do not have time to write a full recap at the moment. So here is my mini recap and later this week, I hope to provide you with a full one.
I finished - YAY!!
I PR'd - YAY!!
I had fun "most" of the time - YAY!!
My friends did awesome - YAY!!
I ran all the way up Roosevelt Hill - YAY!!
I have some awesome memories that will last a lifetime - YAY!!
My PR was by about 8 mins. I had hoped for a little better but overall, I'm happy with my time. My marathon times for all three are as follows:
Chicago Marathon 2011 4:53:06
IL Marathon 2012 5:02:46
Chicago Marathon 2012 4:44:54
As you can see (and from my past posts) my Illinois Marathon was a rough one. My time goals for this marathon were first of all, to beat my PR time of 4:53. Secondly to get as close to 4:35 as possible. I knew the 4:35 time would be challenging for me but I'm always up for a challenge. What are goals if they are too easy to achieve, right?
However, in my mind, I said I'd be thrilled with anything under 4:45 and by 6 seconds...I beat that! I guess when I decided to "sprint" to the finish (I mean...if you can call what I did a sprint)...I guess that sprint was a good idea! I'm normally one that feels..."The distance is so long, what does a few seconds really matter?" And it's true...except this time it made a difference of beating 4:45 and not beating it. Although I really had no idea how close I was to that time.
My goals (not based on time) were to have fun and run up Roosevelt Hill. I did both and I'm happy about that. In fact, I had a smile on my face for the first 7 miles straight! So much that my cheeks were hurting! I was running with some great training friends and fellow marathon buddies for the first 20.5 miles and that's why I had such a good time. More on that to follow in my next post.
But I'll leave you with a few good signs/shirts I saw:
"If marathons were easy, it'd be your mother!"
"Kenyans are lazy! They only run for 2 hours!"
"I thought you said 2.62 miles!" ---Always one of my favorites!
On a shirt:
"Drinking club with a running problem"
Did you see any good signs while you were running? I know I saw more but memory fails me. And some signs I just plain don't like...
"This is a sign"
"Do you know how early I got up to make this sign"
"(Name Here) run faster! My arms are hurting!" ---Ok, that's a little funny.