The thing with marathons is that, no matter what - how hard you train, how injury-free you remain, and a bunch of other things that end in -ain - you never know what awaits you out there on the course. This year, my training was solid - and accomplished in record heat. I remained fairly injury-free. I added yoga and massage. I stretched and recovered. I did it right this time and felt good going into my 5th marathon. I was going to rock it.
Race day at the Chicago marathon, the weather was warmish, but still 20-30 degrees cooler than anything I had run in this training season. Here we were at the start
So, I took some fun pics
All of my ugly race pics can be found here
Super thanks to my folks, for coming down to the marathon - and my sisters and their families for hosting my tour de southeast wisconsin after the run.
More thanks to everyone who supported me in fundraising during training for Girls on the Run - SA. I raised over $600, which will sponsor at least 4 girls during next year's training season. http://www.active.com/donate/SoleMates2012/SSeeker5
And thanks to Joe S, Marathonfoto, my folks, and Ceci for the pics.