I’ve started watching course previews online
and have had some great tips from friends, you (my blogging friends!), and
countless others. Here are some of them:
- Stay within yourself for the first
part of the race. There are tons of spectators and so much excitement along the
course it’s easy to get ahead of yourself.
- Tangents are key
- Your garmin will lose satellite
between the buildings and a pretty good side bridge overpass. Best to
just rely on the time only at the mile markers. Yikes!!
Beware of miles 21-25. The south side has fewer spectators. Pre-named
“Porath’s Pasture” (see post here, fast forward to the Cow pictures)
If it’s a hot day like 2010, there will be sponges. They weren’t on both
sides like the water/powerade when they have them.
When you are running the bridges, watch out for these metal grates: http://goo.gl/maps/XryQB
It’s spaced wide enough for me to feel them through my shoes. They do lay
mats over these grates on a lane one side of the road (right side if I
- The second half of the course is
supposedly faster than the first. Any veterans
of the course that can confirm? It doesn’t have as many turns and you can take
advantage of the straightaways.
- You’ll cross a river at half way which
will be lined deep with people. It’s known as the “gateway” to the second half
of the marathon.
- Just past mile 23, you turn on
Michigan Avenue and it’s a straight shot to the finish line.
- The one block on Roosevelt before
turning to the finish on Columbus is a “hill”. It’s just an overpass
but it’s at mile 26. Good to know it’s there beforehand.
- As for getting around Chicago, it
sounds like the subway will work well. Apparently there’s a 3 day pass, so
maybe we’ll look into that.
- I’ve been told that Pizza Pot Pie
is a place to check out – any other recommendations? Oh, gosh… I can’t
wait for that celebratory post-marathon meal!
(2012 here). There will obviously be a larger group of women near
that 2:40ish mark this year as I’m sure a lot of other women will be targeting
Chicago to get their qualifier. I know two from MN already and am really excited
to see them there and work with them!