* Perfect marathon temps 40 to 48 degrees. A day made for fast times
* Huge, enthusiastic crowd
* Course p.r. of 3:10:40
|Pre-race in front of Buckingham Fountain. Notice the homemade black arm warmers and homemade name sign|
Best bust of a bandit runner: On the Roosevelt Rd. hill, a mere 300 yards from the finish line, an official course marshal ran alongside a guy who was running just in front of me. The marshal asked him for his bib and the guy faked like he couldn't find his bib and it must have fallen off. The marshal grabbed him by the arm and pulled him off of the course.
Best article of clothing I wore: Homemade arm warmers out of two pairs of dress socks. I read about this on someone else's blog. Please take credit if it was you! I wore them the entire race.
Best sign I wore on my shirt: "PETE B." So many spectators were shouting out my name that a fellow marathoner, running alongside me said that he was going to pretend that his name was Pete so he could feel like the crowds were shouting to him!
Best tasting beer of the month: The Goose Island truck was stationed just a few hundred yards past the finish line, pouring full 12 ounce beers exclusively to all finishers.
Best race finish venue: After running through the overcast skies and the shade of the buildings, the sun finally came out for good when I hit South Michigan Ave. Then, making the turn into Grant Park, the full sky was visible and it was incredibly blue and clear. A spectacular ending to the race of the year.
|Average pace: 7:16/mile|
Analysis: Yes, they are positive splits, but I was feeling really good until about the 23 mile mark. Then my legs started to stiffen pretty quickly. So, my predicted "collapse point" actually was quite accurate. However at mile 23, I did not walk (even though it crossed my mind). I powered through the "wall" and told myself, I did not have an option, that the only way to get to the finish line was to run! Sure I may have made better time with negative splits, but considering this was a course p.r.: I'll take it. This will be a learning experience I can take with me to Boston in April.
|I BQ'd for 2014 by almost 15 minutes!|
Best nap: The one I took that afternoon!
Up next: Swimming all week and then begin training for the Hot Chocolate 15k next month.