Watching my first marathon

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I had never been to watch the marathoners run the annual Chicago Marathon.  This year I decided to head out and support my friend Catherine and the rest of the runners.  I woke up on Sunday morning and waited for a friend to pick me up.  Unfortunately, we didn't plan very well, because the streets were blocked and they could not get to me to pick me up.  So I hopped in a cab and bypassed all the traffic.  I was not going to miss seeing my friend Catherine.

          Catherine had set this goal to run the marathon months ago.  She began training with the National Aids Marathon Training Group and raised money to support the organization.  Catherine ran early Saturday mornings with her group and on her own during the week.  She sacrificed being out late at night hanging out with her friends, missed things she surely would have liked to be at and began eating to fuel her body.  I am so proud of all the hard work she put in, (including all the other runners who trained so hard).  It is not easy to choose to go home and sleep when everyone is still out, or say no to eating certain things because its not good for you.  
I understand and appreciate this kind of dedication and was not going to miss her moment.  I got out of the cab and ran to the corner Catherine had told all of us
to be at.  I ran and lost my camera on the way.  But I made it there. 
I waited at the corner of Ashland and Adams with all the other people
waiting to cheer on their friends/family.  We all began yelling for the
runners.  It's amazing how excited and encouraging you can be for
people that you don't even know.  Athletic events allow you to do this,
be so excited for other people because you want them to be successful. 
The adrenaline and the excitement of being around people working so
hard to win, to cross the finish line, is amazing. 

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     Me, Pam Marsh, Erin Bauer and Catherine Slack waiting for Catherine Roock. 

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My other friends finally joined and we held our signs up waiting to see
Catherine.  I saw many interesting runners while I waited.  There were
many costumes adorned by the runners, such as a pumpkin and a dragon. 
This fun gear obviously made it more difficult to run, so I have to say
thank you for making my marathon viewing even more entertaining. 

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Finally, Catherine started yelling for us and when she ran toward us we
gave her a huge hug (I know not good for timing purposes, but we
couldn't resist).  She said she was feeling great and after a minute or
two, I told her to keep going now since she was feeling so great. 

We were all so excited for her.  Congratulations to Catherine and all
the marathon runners.  Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us who set a goal and hope to reach it.  You have know idea how many people you may have encouraged. 

Where were you on the
day of the Marathon? 

Have a fun and fit day, Chicago.       

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  • Thanks for the post! This was my first time as a spectator at a marathon. The number of people there was unreal... I was standing at mile 2.1 and got the entire thing on video - all 53 minutes. See if you can track down Catherine. Hopefully she was on the left side of the road.

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=32C4CEFF039D6B15

  • In reply to JustDan:

    I'm glad you enjoyed watching the marathon as well. Such a neat experience. I will definitely check out the video and see if I can find her. I'm going to ask her for her shot gun time. That's awesome you did this! Thanks :) Did you by chance go to the Urbanathlon today?

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