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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.

Running Background:

marathon photoI consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for hobby.

Training:

I didn't follow a specific training to prepare for this race. I did train for 4 months, and I averaged 25-30 miles per week.

The best training advice I received was to never miss your long runs. They do make a difference.

Race Day:

The 2007 Chicago Marathon wasn't quite what I expected. I was only 5 miles away from the finish line when they canceled the race. I know I could have finished if given the chance. Luckily I am from South Florida so I am used to the hot and humid weather, but I have to admit that it was REALLY hot. I ran 21 miles on just water because there was no more Gatorade at the aid stations.

Thanks to all the Chicago citizens for their support and the water they provided. Despite what happened, I will come back to Chicago so I can finish what I started.

Recovery:

My recovery wasn't bad. I walked and stretched to keep my muscles from cramping up. After 3 days I didn't have any pain or stiffness.

Tips/Words of Encouragement:

I ran my first marathon for St. Jude's Hospital. It helped me stay motivated during my hard workouts. Just train and do your best. Aim to finish the marathon no matter the time. After your first marathon, you can start aiming for better times.

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run another marathon because I loved the energy of the participants as well as the spectators.

For my next marathon, I will come better prepared with my own hydration and energy products.

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