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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.

Running Background:

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.

Training:

I trained for 4 months, and I averaged 50 miles per week during my training. I didn't follow a specific training plan.

Race Day:

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.

You just had to adjust your plan and run slower and smarter.

The only other thing that I would have suggested was they could have changed the start time to 7 am. They could have used the expo to communicate with runners as well as the media. An earlier start time would have helped a lot of runners.

Recovery:

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.

For my next marathon, I hope the weather is cooler that it was in Chicago.

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