|**the only reason why i would continue even i though i can barely walk or run after mile 20...|
anyway, i was not even sure if i would run. last month, i stopped running because i had a typical runners injury - IT band pain (click here for my prior post). since i paid for the trip months ago, i decided to go. when i got there, i figured that since i'm already there and i was feeling okay, might as well.
i'm not going to say how fast i run but to give you an idea, the winner finished the 26.2 miles (or 42.16 km) in 2 hrs and 9 mins. mine was twice that and more. i'm glad i was running up to mile 20 because after that, i resorted to a run/walk routine. i am not ashamed to say that since there were others (and i mean a lot) who were doing run/walk.
there is a cut-off time in all races. for the chicago marathon, it was 7 hrs. there is actually a van that pick-up participants along the road who are running/walking but will not make the 7 hrs cut-off time. i'm just glad i had enough cushion at the start so my time was way below the cut-off.
on a side note: on mile 17, my left thigh started to cramp; on mile 20, my right IT band started to act-up; both legs were in pain for 6.2 miles.
i can't wait for my next marathon....i just hope this time i'm injury free. i wanted to get a BQ :)
|**i think Nike should sponsor me at some point...except for the adidas leg compression sleeves.|