running in the 2012 chicago marathon! XII.
i made it! 26.2 miles! whooohooooooooooooooo!
all things considered it was a great run. my "chip time" was almost exactly 5 hours from start to finish, but my actual running time after factoring in stops to see kris and odin and two veeeerrrryyyy long waits in bathroom lines was probably somewhere between 4:30-4:40 which is just about what i wanted to run and even a little bit better considering i was running slower than i could for most of the marathon to make sure i didn't gimp across the finish line with a knotty hamstring ( which ended up clearing up magically at about 20 miles.
had i known my hamstring wasn't going to give me any trouble i probably could have ran 4:20, but i'm totally happy with my finishing time given the fact that i was able to sprint ( or as close as i can come to sprinting after running a marathon ) the last 1.5 miles and had plenty of gas left in the tank.
hi, ho! next time!