Categories: Chicago Marathon, Race Spectating, Spectating The Chicago Marathon
It’s been a rough couple of days. New computer + cranky hip = no running OR blogging. But I’m online now, lets hope running will follow shortly. The pool running gig is getting old. On to more exciting things: The Chicago Marathon!
Blogger meetup: 3pm at the expo entrance. I know this is a late one and there are other earlier festivities but airport shuttle duty calls. No pressure if you can’t make it. If you can PLEASE stop by!
See the orange balloon? It’s now Mr. Pumpkin, my spectating date. He’s on a big stick so you can hopefully see me better (some say I’m vertically challenged). I won’t hesitate to nudge people out of the way with him in order to gain prime cheer position either.
So where will I be?
I’ll see you off at the start on the LEFT.
Then I’ll be at MILE 2 where you make your first right turn of the race onto Jackson, again on the LEFT.
Next I’ll be at the Lupus Charity tent at mile 14. It’s a purple tent on the RIGHT with a large purple butterfly. Don’t worry I’ll still be waving Mr. Pumpkin high. I may have some red velvet cupcakes in my possession, depending on the line at Sprinkles. Good Lord I hope crazy bloggers with Mr. Pumpkins get preferential line cutting privileges. Because the Lupus Charity Team rocks (I ran on this team in 2010 and I swear it was the only reason I finished despite a total meltdown) they’ve invited all of you to stop by. Kids, they’ve got goodies. Nuff said.
Last words: I ran this race in 2007 and 2010. It’s a great one. The city and it’s people totally embrace it and will embrace you. As a native Chicagoan, I am proud of that. The crowds (and their garden hoses) are what carried me thru the heat to the finish in 2007. Before you start, think back to the moment you decided to run this race and all the training that lead up to this moment: the sacrifice, extreme weather conditions, early training runs, aches pains, fatigue, injuries and doubt. Congratulate yourself at the start for overcoming all of that. This is the icing on the cake. Celebrate and enjoy it. Soak up the experience. Even if you live locally, the course takes you thru parts of Chi-town you may not be familiar with. Notice how the neighborhoods change as you pass through them. The sights, sounds and smells. Note where Sears (Willis)Tower is when you start, notice how far North you get, then how far South. Keep it in sight as you approach the finish in those last, tough miles. This is YOUR day. Enjoy it!
Have a great race everyone! I (and Mr. P) will be out there (freezing) cheering!