Dedicated to my 1995-2015 race.
I’m very pleased to introduce you Memographer’s new trend- Destination Running, a project that combines my three favorite hobbies: Photography, Travel and Running.
You’ve seen plenty of Photography and Travel here. It’s time to catch up on the Running part. If you are not a runner, this story may sound pretty boring to you; so feel free to scroll down to the pictures [wink]
My first running destination was Chicago, Illinois and its famous Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
My road to Chicago might look easy from the mobile phone photos below. However, in real life it was a very challenging path. I decided to return to endurance running on February 28, 2014 (after almost 20 years long break!) when I became the Atlanta Track Club member to be able to register for AJC Peachtree Road Race 10K. After the Peachtree, I had decided to train for a marathon. Unfortunately, I had hit the road too fast too soon and got injured. So some of the first steps of this projects were made in a cast-boot. I trained hard; I didn’t skip a single training session of my 18-week Hal Higdon Marathon Training Program; I ran 4-days a week and cross-trained one day; completed 72 runs from 2 miles to 20 miles long; I had to run during rains and storms, under burning sun and in darkness of nights, in 100F degrees heat and 100% humidity… Two goals for my first marathon were: to finish it injury free and to finish it in less than 4 hours. I finished the first half of Chicago Marathon in less than 2 hours, but couldn’t keep up the sub-4 marathon pace.
Nevertheless, My First Marathon was a huge success. I’ve finished it injury free! and I had, hands down, the best, most incredible enlightening and wonderful running experience! I’m proud to say I #OwnChicago!
– #OwnChicago is an official hashtag of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
– Spirit of the Marathon is a 2007 documentary film directed by Jon Dunham. The film chronicles the journey six marathon runners experience while training and competing in the 2005 Chicago Marathon.
– The Chicago Marathon is one of the six races of World Marathon Majors series. Five others: Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Berlin Marathon, London Marathon and Tokyo Marathon.
– The Chicago Marathon is limited to 45,000 runners and only runners who finish within 6½ hours are officially timed.
– The runners wishing to participate in the Chicago Marathon can register after either meeting a time qualifying standard or being selected through a general Entry Lottery.
– The Chicago Marathon record finish time is 2 hrs 03 min 45 sec (Dennis Kimetto, 2013). The average finish time of the Chicago Marathon is 4 hrs 33 min 03 sec (2014).
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