Yesterday I completed my first marathon. On Oct 9th I ran the Chicago Marathon in 4 hours and 27 min. That is near a 10 min mile. I did not know what to expect going into this race. I figured it would be interesting, and I was right.
The day was perfect, 40 degrees in the morning and near 60 and sunny at the finish. I now know why they call Chicago the “Windy City.” I knew there would be 40 thousand people there but I did not know how they would effect me when I was running. I spend the first 10 miles just trying to get out of the way of people. Mostly passing runners and dodging people who just decided to start walking. You see, with that many people you had people around you at all times. At most times during the race if I stuck my arms out to my side I would have touched someone.
I realize know some of my mistakes. First, I will make sure that I get in with a pace team that is a bit faster. I would have liked to be in the 4 hour range or less. We ran with the 4:30 pace team (we go to the start a bit late to move up to the 4 range). What I found is that we ended up passing almost everyone around us, and not having too many people pass us.
Second, I would probably run a bit harder in the beginning and then rest in the middle. I did not really get tired until mile 24. Let me tell you that the last 2 miles were hard.
I ran the race with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rodney and Alyssa. We all finished together.
It was one great adventure that I recommend everyone trying.