In 2011, I ran the Chicago marathon for the first time with my Daad. I remember being blown away by all the spectators and the "moving city" of runners as it made its way through the streets of Chicago and all its neighborhoods.
My Daad and I still talk about that race in 2011- it was his last marathon before his knee forced him to retire from running.
In 2012, my L decided to run his first marathon, so it was a no brainer that I would be by his side every step of the way. We had some setbacks that day but also had a lot of fun together.
looking back on state st.
I haven't ever ran with music for the Chicago Marathon because there's so much to look at enjoy along the course.
The smells of chocolate in the loop, all the crazy spectator signs, and being in a huge crowd of runners going through all the distinct neighborhoods of Chicago is stimulating enough.
You never know who you might see spectating the race...
I love how distinct the neighborhoods are. From Boystown to Pilsen to Chinatown, each area has it's own unique way to celebrate the marathon.
The cheerleaders of Boystown.
Elvis around mile 10 in Old Town
Taiko drummers near Chinatown
I love how people celebrate this race. There's rarely a dull moment on the course.
At mile 23 last year I spotted the Chicago chapter of the Hash House Harriers handing out beer. I drank some and have to say beer never tasted so delicious and cold. I plan to grab a beer again from them this year :)
I'm so freaking excited to run the streets of Chicago again with L, and 45000 other runners and experience the sights and smells of this town I call home.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend!