Friday, October 8, 2010

My Chicago Marathon Plan

Well, the big day is almost here! It has been a long six-month marathon dry spell since Boston.

Six weeks ago I announced my goal Chicago finishing time of 3:10, predicated upon ideal weather. However, as the date draws near it's clear that the conditions will be decidedly sub-optimal. The temperature will be warm, from 64 to 79°F, sunny, and somewhat humid with a dew point of ~50°F.

Nevertheless, my plan remains to run with the 3:10 pacing team. I've trained for this race in comparable, and even warmer conditions. I'm ready to follow my hydration, fueling and electrolyte plan while taking into account the advice provided by the Chicago Marathon staff.

At every 10K marker I will gauge my exertion level at the pacing team's 7:15 pace. If I feel that I'm excessively pushing or straining I will bid adieu to the group and gradually ease-up a bit on my pace. It'd be great to knock down a 3:10. However, if it isn't the day then I'm OK. Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck! Sorry about the warm weather - I'm not sure if this confirms global warming, but it certainly suggests a later race date is the only guarantee for cooler temps!

  2. Sorry to hear about the potentially warm temps. I finished my marathon in 85 degree sun, which I was NOT prepared for. I think you'll run a great time even if it's warmer than you like. Your plan is a good one.
    Good luck & run strong. Can't wait to read about it!

  3. All the best! Have a fantastic run! I think you are ready for any weather.

  4. This is such a great blog, I really had fun reading it. You really inspired me with this one! Keep it up! Good luck ! ~ marmot ski ~

  5. Thanks, all! It was a tough day in Chicago today with temperatures soaring higher than expected - to the low 80's. Consequently, my ambitious goal proved somewhat my undoing, as I'd compounded things by not drinking adequately or consuming sufficient electrolytes. While I walked a few miles I finished my 20th marathon, and learned some lessons which I'll share in a subsequent post.