4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

1 Day to the Chicago Marathon

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1 day to the Chicago Marathon!  And I’m having a blast in Chicago.  I wish I had the time to go into all the details of our trip, so I’ll just have to cover the highlights.

This morning I had a nice easy 3 mile run, partially along the lake.  Lots of people running and the views were great.  Unfortunately, the section I was on was mostly choppy concrete, which I didn’t quite like, but hopefully the rest of Chicago’s many miles of lakefront running has friendlier conditions.  The run itself was great.  Ran past a street fair, and the general street vibe was very much like NYC.  This city seems very runnable, much more so than other cities I’ve visited and tried running in the last few years.

Then we walked down to the river and caught the water taxi to Madison St.  We walked over the Willis Tower, and went up to the Skydeck.  While it opened at 10, and we were there before 10:30, we still had a good 30 minute wait to get upstairs.  The views were great, especially the spots with clear glass below your feet.  So cool!  By the time we headed down and out, the line was out the door, I’m sure more than an hour wait!

Next we caught the water taxi down to Chinatown and spent 2 hours eating and browsing the street and stores.

After getting back to the hotel, I took a 90 minute nap.  While that probably was a mistake, it was really needed.  On Thursday I had a busy day biking and doing outdoor work at a park volunteer project.  On Friday I spent a couple of hours at the expo, which is always quite taxing, and today spend so much time out and about on my feet.

Then we went out walking some more and ended up at Gino’s East, which also had a 30 minute wait to get in.  Was worth it though.

Now just taking it easy and resting up for the big day tomorrow!

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Written by SCL

October 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Posted in Chicago Marathon

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  1. good luck today!


    October 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

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