Saturday, October 10, 2009

Race Day has Arrived!!! Gonna be Great!!!

Sitting here in hotel room relaxing and watching the Ironman World Championship in Kona thanks to www.universalsports.com. Gotta love technology and a good broadband connection.

Went to dinner with Lynn last night at a great restaurant called Province. Had several ceviche dishes and some hamachi sashimi for appetizer followed by excellent roasted lamb...and a nice bottle of red wine. Good stuff!

Was raining when we landed on Friday, but today we woke to clear skies and cool temps. Went for a 4 mile easy run to check out the start area for Chicago Marathon, then did loop along the waterfront that included the Navy Pier. Temp was about 42 degrees so a good warm up for the marathon tomorrow.

Such a major change in weather from last year's race when temps were in the 80's. Forecast is for 38 degrees at start time with clear skies so should be perfect running condition.

Continue to be impressed with Chicago. If you're a runner and have not run Chicago yet, you should definitely do it. Race is flat and temps normally cool. Crowd support is amazing and the people here are so nice. We went out for breakfast after our run this morning at a great little hole in the wall place called Mary's Cafe on Grant St. Seemed like half the people in there were running the marathon so it was lively environment and lots of excitement in the air.

If you're near a PC on Sunday, check out the race on www.universalsports.com. Starts at 7:30am central time. Womens race includes Deena Kastor who is favored to win and always great to watch. The men's race includes Olympic gold medal winner from 2008, Sammy Wanjiru. He chose to run Chicago due to it's reputation as one of world's fastest courses. The weather forecast is perfect for him so we're hearing lots of talk about him breaking the world record on Sunday.

All for now. Time to log off and go to the race expo. Take care and wish me luck!

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