Brett and I have officially registered for the Chicago Marathon this October, 2013. Since I never shared the experience that we had last October running the marathon, I thought now was as good a time as any!
After many months of training with the pups, we were ready to pack up and drive to Chicago for the marathon!
In Champaign, we prepared our required race day essentials and put everything we’d need in/on our running belts
Some of our techniques worked better than others. For instance, I now know that cutting up power bars into strips and putting them into empty water bottles makes for almost impossible to retrieve snacks during the race 🙂 We then drove to Chicago and picked up our race packets. I’ll have to share pictures of this year’s expo with you in October because the event is HUGE. Anyway, we picked up our packets and headed to Brett’s childhood home where we readied our clothes for the race.
Then it was time for bed. At 4 am the alarm clock went off. We took care of the pups, got dressed, and headed downtown. It was still very dark outside. When we got to the parking garage designated for the runners we realized that we were slightly ahead of schedule so we posed for a photo op. We looked like this…
but we felt like this… 🙂
Then we headed to the American Brain Tumor Association’s team tent.
I took a photo with the team
and we all headed to the start line
It was awfully cold still! Brett and I bought cheap sweats at Target to put on over our running clothes before the race. An organization picks up the clothes deposited by runners before the race and donates them to homeless people. 🙂
We had to wait about 45 minutes for the race to start…along with 40,000 of our closest friends 🙂
During the race we took some funny videos 🙂 This one (IMG_0904) is us entertaining ourselves while waiting for the race to start and surrounded by thousands of runners.
This is what the end of the race looks like
We had a great time running the race and are hopeful that we’ll stay even more on top of our training for the 2013 event! 🙂 If you would like to donate to either of our marathons, we are each running for charities that are near and dear to our hearts. I am running for the American Brain Tumor Association in memory of my mother and for those patients, caregivers, and families living with this disease. Brett is running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of his father and for what we went through. Each of these charities do wonderful, wonderful things. Please consider donating 🙂
Love, Mallory & Brett