Chicago Distance Classic


A few months ago I mentioned that in a fit of “eek, I’m getting old” I had signed up for the Chicago Marathon. Well, I’m half-way through my training program and the weekend my program would have me run 14 miles happened to coincide with the Chicago Distance Classic half-marathon. Usually all I get out of my training runs is the satisfaction of a job well done, but I figured getting a t-shirt and a medal would be a nice bonus.

This was my first organized run since 6th grade, and it was a little overwhelming — one of the ten largest half-marathons in the world, an announcer claimed. But the enthusiasm from all the runners and from the spectators was such an enveloping blanket of positivity that any concerns were smothered. So I ran. And ran, and ran, and ran…

Best t-shirt I saw:
Front: Length: 13.1
Back: That’s what she said.

Best supporter sign:
Run like you stole something

Least helpful supporter, who I think thought he was being helpful, around mile 10:
“C’mon runners, c’mon. There are plenty of people already at the finish line.”

3 Comments so far

  1. roderick (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    Congrats on running that, Fuzzy! I’m running the Banco Popular half in September, and I’ll eventually get around to running the full marathon.

  2. K. (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

    Congrats, Fuzzy!

    I’ll also be running Banco Popular- my favorite sign from last year came at a point in the race when I was REALLY hurting. A man with a church group was holding a sign that said “Jesus wants you to finish!” when he saw me start to giggle he called me by name (it’s on the bib no.) and said, “He DOES K., he does!!”

  3. Fuzzy (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    I thought about running the Banco Popular, but that weekend I’m supposed to run 18 miles and it seemed a bit weird to just blow through the finish line, grab my medal, and then go run another 5 miles.

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