The race didn't exactly turn out like I expected, but still had its moments. A brief recap of the event:
Mile 1: Costumes sighted- Captain America, Superman, Spiderman, and Batman. Wonder Woman and the Chicken Man are curiously absent.
Mile 2: I see a t-shirt that says "A marathon is a 10k with a 20 mile warmup" Right.
Mile 5: I am running with my college nickname "Johnny Wad" on the front. But only dudes are chanting my name. And I haven't even hit "Boystown."
Mile 7: Run through "Boystown" which is by far the most amusing part of the trip. One guy is in drag with a gold dress and a "beehive" wig at least three feet tall.
Mile 11: My mile times keep getting lower. Hey, maybe I have a shot at a sub four hour time.
Mile 14: Never mind.
Mile 15: A guy holds a sign that says "Run faster, or you will face the evil monkey." Bring it.
Mile 16: Right knee starts to ache. A lot. I can't stretch it, because I get a charley horse.
Mile 17: Left hamstring starts to act up. Now the knee and hamstring are taking turns at running torment. This isn't funny.
Mile 19: Running a half marathon sounds much more appealing right now.
Mile 20: Remember that guy with the funny t-shirt from Mile 2? I want to choke the shit out of him.
Mile 21: A 5k run sounds much more appealing right now.
Mile 22: My left hamstring snaps my leg straight like the extended leg of a folding table. It is the weirdest kind of pain ever. I hobble and stretch until it lets my knee bend again. My buddy has been getting cramps too and has to get his legs massaged. I didn't see THIS in Chariots of Fire.
Mile 23: Run by Sox Park. They have a cool banner with the team celebrating that says "No crying, unless it's from the sting of champaign." I didn't see a banner like that in Wrigleyville. G#$%n Cubs.
Mile 24: Every muscle in my legs is throbbing. I have to stretch about every 1/2 mile or so. Why am I not sitting at home watching the Bears game?
Mile 24.5: I nearly get hit by a cyclist coming up behind me. Hey lady, the f&*%$g "Bike the Drive" race ended five months ago.
Mile 25.8: What bastard put a hill HERE?!?!?
Mile 26.2: DONE. Ahhhhh. Beer is served. Makes the numbness in my feet go away. A friend once asked me "Why run 26 miles unless you're being chased by a bear?" Can't answer that.
Unfortunately I didn't hit my goal of running it in under four hours.