Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Doomsday Scenario

Unless you've been on a week long expedition in the wilds of the outback, I'm sure you've heard about the Chicago Marathon. We [Chicago Endurance Sports] had over 400 runners participating in the event and for me, it was like letting your kids go play in the middle of Death Valley in July. I couldn't help but be concerned for everyone. Outside the troubles with fluid on the course, it was an absolute brutal day to run a marathon. 70 degrees is considered hot for a marathon and running a marathon is hard enough without the heat. It was 88 degrees, 90% humidity! The only way you can get through it is to throw out your plan A, B, and C, and go with the Doomsday Scenario. That may sound negative, but running the marathon Sunday was all about surviving the heat. And our runners did just that.

They carried their water bottles, they brought money just in case and they slowed their pace. I am pretty darn proud of them. Although they are quite disappointed they didn't finish 26.2 miles [some did], they did finish the event on the day. Although it wasn't a traditional race, it WAS a marathon of an event.

So for those who ran or attempted to run the Chicago Marathon just remember this...

A marathoner is not made in a day.

A marathoner is made like a fine wine.

From long runs on the weekends and fartleks during the week.

From weeks and months of preparation and early Friday nights.

You were all aged to perfection and ready to run.

What makes a runner a marathoner is the will to prepare and the courage to show up on race day.

Hold your head high. There are plenty of marathons to tackle.

Happy Trails,



Sam said...

It has been a challenging year:)

Wes said...

Another fine way of saying, "It's the journey!"

LMB said...

What an insane first marathon that was!

You told us something in the CES tent that I think every single person running that race should have heard: that the medical tents existed not to get you off the course, but to help you finish. It's too easy in the midst of race to think that stopping at a medical tent is equivalent to giving up.