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Originally Posted by fopianki
I ran the Chicago Marathon yesterday...freezing cold and windy but still quite an event! I've been doing a lot of cross training and triathlons this year so I really had no idea how I would do. My last marathon was 3 years ago and I was only running and I weighed quite a bit more than now...my finishing time back then was 5:27. Yesterday I ran a 3:54 and finished in the top 25% of the pack! Now I'm thinking...the Boston Marathon qualifying time for a 52 year old is 3:35...I think I have a new spring goal!
Anyone else run it?
I ran Boston as a bandit in 86 and 87 (quite a few "red snakes" back-of-the-packers, actually) back when John Kelley was still alive and running. That guy was amazing. I was a qualifier in 96 (100th running) but a family tragedy intervened at the last minute.
It's a very cool race. A day off for the whole area, so it is lined with people for the whole 26.2 miles. I don't know if they still allow the Wellsley girls to shrink it down to single-file, but that was pretty cool also.
David Green, Naperville, IL USA "The older I get, the better I used to be" --Lee Trevino