Note from Editor: The 2007 Chicago Marathon was cancelled 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 trained with a group called Marathon Makeover. I trained for 9 months, and I averaged 15 miles per week during my training.
The 2007 Chicago Marathon was worse than expected. It was not a good day. I crossed the starting line at 8:25 am. By the time I got to mile 3, the water and everything else was completely gone. Also, the pace car and the police kept coming by stating that if you could not keep up with a 14 minute pace, you would have to leave the course. That made people run faster then they would have -- me included.
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I kept moving following the race the way our coach had taught us.
Tips/Words of Encouragement:
Run it your way!
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to run another marathon because I want to finish what I started.