Started out with a 3 hour delay on my flight out on Friday - hate American Airlines but more about that later. Got into Chicago mid afternoon - finally found my hotel and then found the great free shuttle bus from the Nike store around the corner which meant i had an hour to get my number on Friday. So didn't stay long but it was a good atmosphere and got quite a few freebies.
Saturday i just walked around Chicago - what a city, now my new favourite city..absolutely stunning place.
Race morning - not a fan of the early start - got little sleep that night so was tired. Really easy to get into the corrals, i did not take a bag either so got straight in. Was lucky to be in Corral A, i always enjoy seeing so many serious looking 'athletes' in the front pen whilst i just feel like someone who just enjoys running and shouldn't be in there. I always enjoy the national anthem in US marathons, it just sets the mood and makes you feel you really are part of something special,
Set off really well, really fast course and smooth roads. Was running 2.50 pace at half way which felt really comfortable but then the heat got up and i think the lack of sleep kicked in and the legs just got really heavy at mile 17. I also got thrown by one of those headwinds we turned into. After mile 20 i knew PB was gone so just slowed up and enjoyed the rest of the day and finished in 3:06:01 which is still a GFA again so pleased with that.
Got back to the hotel then the airport for a 5:30 flight home only to be still sat at the airport at 10:30pm as American Airlines kept breaking their planes - we had to take the 3rd plane available as the two previous broke! Did not get home will midday monday - bad enough after a race but with all the waiting at the airport it was a killer!
Would i go again - deffo - fantastic city and a great race - particularly loved some of the signs supporters had made - some you would probably get arrested for in our politically correct country. Only got two more majors left to do the set (NYC and Tokyo) so it may be a few years yet before i go back but i will deffo go again.
Yeh I got an invite but it does look a little far out, looks like a metro trip. Have you said your going. For me it depends how long it takes to get number as I only land at midday Friday and want to get to hotel and get race number. I am just in the normal pasta party at 4pm.
Everyone made sure their ESTAs are up to date - got in a blind panic last night but then remembered I'd done it months ago.
Forgot about throws away stuff - 13 miles done today with mile 12 being the Killer Mile up Mow Cop in Staffs - a 1 in 4 incline which was brutal but tested the leg power. 3 more gentle 5 milers for me now then that's it. Hope everyone has a bug free week and Roll on Sunday
Yeh I booked the early slot so not too late -$40 though - also in London - well done on the ballot given the odds now - hoping Chicago gives me another GFA time - need sub 3.15 which will see me good for the next two londons. This time next week I will be packed and in bed ready for early flight
Got mine too - ready to go - got corral A so should be done by 10.30 he hopes.
Got flight back at 5pm so might even get chance for a shower. Kelp watching course videos on YouTube trying to visualise it - looks really flat and fast. Taper started now