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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 to the pictures [wink]

Today’s destination is 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’s member to be able to register for AJC Peachtree Road Race 10K. After the Peachtree I decided to train for a marathon. Unfortunately, I hit the road too fast too soon and got injured. So some of the first steps of this projects were made in a castboot. I’ve trained hard; I haven’t missed a single training session of my 18-week Hal Higdon Marathon Training Program; I’ve run 4-days a week and cross-trained one day; I’ve completed 72 runs from 2 miles to 20 miles long; I’ve run during the rains and storms, under the burning sun and in the darkness of the nights, in 100F degrees heat and 100% humidity… I had two goals for my first marathon: to finish it injury free and to finish it in less than 4 hours. I’ve finished the first half of Chicago Marathon in less than 2 hours. But I couldn’t keep up the pace and run a sub-4 marathon.
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!

***Just FYI, 
#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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#OwnChicago

#OwnChicago Sign on the Course of Chicago Marathon

#OwnChicago Sign on the Course of Chicago Marathon

The Flight

Atlanta Airport train announcement today is "C" as in "Chicago Marathon"

Atlanta Airport train announcement today is “C” as in “Chicago Marathon”

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Delta Flight to Chicago

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago CTA Train Ticket... Love Chicago!

Chicago CTA Train Ticket… Love Chicago!

A long line to the Expo Shuttle

A long line to the Expo Shuttle

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

Chicago Marathon Expo at McCormick Place

The Night Before

We Unite Diverse Talents

We Unite Diverse Talents

The Congress Plaza Hotel

The Congress Plaza Hotel

The Congress Plaza Hotel

The Congress Plaza Hotel

The Race Day

Chicago Marathon Start Line, Corral F

Chicago Marathon Start Line, Corral F

The Chicago Theater on The Chicago Marathon Course

The Chicago Theater on The Chicago Marathon Course

The Chicago Marathon Finisher's Medal

The Chicago Marathon Finisher’s Medal

Post-race Goose Island Beer

Post-race Goose Island Beer

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

My Preeeecious!

My Preeeecious!

The Departure

The Departure

The Departure

The Departure

The Departure

The Departure

The Departure