First Chicago Marathon

I received the following email from the Chicago Marathon:

Dear Dave Belden,

Congratulations from Bank of America for finishing the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Your recorded finish time was 4:50:03 and you placed 20,436th out of 36,159 finishers.

I was hoping to finish closer to 4 hours, but the heat meant a lot of leg cramping over the last 6 or 7 miles. Still, though, it was a fantastic experience. Special thanks to Tom Herman for cheering me on at Mile 8, and, of course, to MT for catching me at Mile 18.

 

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This race used the clever new disposable timing band you see on the left.

This race used the clever new disposable timing band you see on the left.

I ran my first-ever 8k (4.97 miles) on Thanksgiving morning. Time: 42:34.2, or a pace of 8:34/mile. Official results.

I could’ve gone faster, but there were almost 5000 of us running a pretty narrow, wet, slippery course through Lincoln Park. I was also trying to avoid the frequent puddles because my shoes are only a few weeks old. Despite the rain, which mostly stopped just before we started, and the 39° temperature, I had a fantastic time. The perfect way to justify eating so much food later in the day. Turkey Trot 8k.

Turkey Trot

My first 8k was wet and sloppy. And fun.

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