The marathon was such an incredible experience! It was one of my biggest accomplishments! It wasn't as bad as I expected in some ways, but it was harder than I expected in others. It was so great to be part of something so big. And something that so many people are participating in for nothing more than self-accomplishment.
Driving into the city!
My first cab ride!
The runners expo
I think this was Chinatown around mile 22.
Can't believe we're still smiling!
I'm so glad to have been able to run every step with my amazing husband! We finished in 5:06:00
- a whole hour faster than we anticipated, but we felt really good and ran more than we planned. We realized that we weren't in as bad of shape as we thought we were and of course the adrenaline helped a lot too. We were also accompanied by 3 of Wes' cousins in the race and cheered on by several more relatives which added to the excitement.
We're really glad we chose Chicago for our first and last marathon because it is such a great race. With around 45,000 runners and 1,000,000 spectators (or so I read somewhere) it was a huge event and they took great care of us with lots of goodies and live entertainment the whole way.
At first, Wes said he never wanted to run again, but now he says the most he'll do is a 5K. I'm going to stick with 1/2 marathons and less.