First, I want to thank you for an amazing marathon this year. Everything came together so well this past weekend: the weather was ideal, the fans lining the streets were unbelievably supportive, the race volunteers were fantastic, the food and drink in your bars and restaurants was delicious and plentiful. It was perfect…well almost. There is a small matter of one of the marathoners missing his PR by a mere 21 seconds, but I suppose that’s not really your fault.
I am tired and my legs are incredibly sore today. On this point, walking down stairs is the worst (it’s always the worst). Each day things will get a little less sore. I have not lost any toenails so far, although I have had to pierce a few nails and blood blisters to relieve some pressure (gross, I know, but better than losing a nail).
The thing I really want to thank you for though, is reaffirming that by and large, a truly wonderful group of people make of the community of runners, and specifically marathoners. I met so many great people this weekend before, during, and after the race that I could literally feel the positive energy. Even on the subway to O’Hare, and back on the plane to Boston, I met so many great folks with their own inspiring stories. Everyone in this community is so supportive of each other and different motivations and goals.
I am truly blessed to be able to have running be part of my life, and by extension, I am also blessed with so many friends and fellow runners out there, all the ones I know and all the ones I have yet to meet.
I will be back next year, Chicago. You put on too great of a race weekend to not return.