Marc ran his first marathon on Sunday. Initially we had a bet going so I made sure to sign up for the text alerts which tracked all his splits.
4:36am Pacific Time (6:36am Central Chicago Time): 2011 Bank of America Marathon: You are confirmed to track your athletes via SMS! First split alert will be at the 10K. Good luck runners!
I was dead asleep when this came through, but amazed at the technology. This didn’t happen back when I ran the marathon!
6:37am: Marc G., 10K, elapsed time: 58:17, pace 09:23, est. finish 11:45am (unofficial).
Haha, mofo! Can’t believe he thought he was going to keep an 8:30 pace for the whole marathon.
7:41am: Marc G., Half, elapsed time: 2:01:48, pace 09:18, est. finish 11:42am (unofficial).
Oh, oh, shaving off some seconds. Go buddy!
8:35am: Marc G., 30K, elapsed time: 02:56:04, pace: 09:27, est. finish 11:52am (unofficial).
Almost done! I remember there was a bit of a hill prior to the finish line, wondered if the course was exactly the same.
10:06am: At 12:05:53pm, Marc G., finish, elapsed time: 04:26:39, pace 10:11 (unofficial).
I was so happy for him.
If there’s one thing Marc and I are, it’s competitive. I have searched the chicago marathon database and my time seems to be missing! I’m in the database, but my times are not filled in. I, without a doubt, ran that marathon. I know my time was posted because a guy at business school who I had a crush on, emailed me the night of the marathon and said, “Congrats on your first marathon, great time!” I’m certain I was less than 4:30.
Wish I had the documentation to prove it! And I did the marathon without training. Just saying.