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 this debacle, read this AFP news story.
I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for hobby. When I first started training for and running marathons, I needed the feeling of accomplishment and the strength to know I could do it.
I followed Jeff Galloway's program with the National Aids Marathon Training Program. I trained for 6 months, and I averaged 12 miles per week during my training.
The 2007 Chicago Marathon was not quite what I expected. I was disappointed. At mile 16, I was told to keep going straight because the race was over due to heat. I followed the instructions and proceeded to the artificial finish line. I think the "modified" race ended up being 17 or 18 miles. I still got a medal but I was upset that I could not finish the 26.2 miles I worked so hard to train for.
I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I made sure to drink lots of water.
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Tips/Words of Encouragement:
There is never anything like finishing the training and crossing the finish line. Live in the moment while you train because as soon as you get that medal, it is a bittersweet ending to your accomplishment. The marathon is not a one day event -- it is the months it takes you to build yourself up and dig deep to run all those miles. If it's your first time, do not aim for a time goal -- just aim to finish. It is admirable just to finish. You will be part of an elite group. Love it whether you're slow or fast, just love it.
Plans to Run Another:
I'm planning to continue to run marathons because I love the mental and physical aspects.