Note from Editor: The 2007 Chicago Marathon was canceled mid-run due to the heat. Below is a first-hand account from one of the runners who was forced to stop running. To learn more about what happened, read this AFP news story.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a marathon because I enjoy training for long distance. The goal in running a marathon is simply crossing the finish line. I have probably had 18 marathons in race times of 3:30 to 3:40 and you simply have to appreciate the fact that you are able to run the distance and do the best you can.
I trained for 4 months, and I averaged 50 miles per week during my training. I didn't follow a specific training plan.
The 2007 Chicago Marathon was what I expected. I feel that the race director and all the people who put on this race did the absolute best they could. No one knew the effect of this hot day would be what it was. I never had a problem with not getting water or Gatorade.
My recovery wasn't too bad. I did have some tightness in my legs due to dehydration. During the race I had leg cramps the last 6 miles.
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
Appreciate the fact that you are able to run the distance and do the best you can.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons.