Hitting the Wall on Taylor

October 7th 2012 on Taylor Street, thousands of faces filled my lens with many expressions and emotions in this annual running of The Chicago Marathon.

The Chicago Marathon has welcomed more than a half million runners across its finish line since the event’s founding in 1977. This year 45,000 runners runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries along with 1.7 million spectators witnessed one of the most famous races in the world. It was the 35th anniversary of the race which was originally name the Mayor Daley Marathon. All 37,455 finishers traveled through 29 neighborhoods and one of them was my neighborhood right down Taylor street.

Young or old 26.2 miles is a long way baby! I remember this very well as I participated in one of the earliest events. One thing that still seems fresh in my mind is the fatigue that set in around the 20 mile mark . This is when I experienced what is called "Hitting the wall", from what I have been told this is a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. For me it was before mile marker 20, this year Taylor street was mile marker 18.

Here are some selected images around the 18 mile mark on this very memorable day.

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