51 Responses

  1. meghan
    meghan October 10, 2012 at 7:41 am |

    Congratulations Mary. This was such a great race recap. I’m so excited for you that you had such a wonderful race and are so pleased with your results. I definitely cried a little reading this, because it makes me so excited to run my first (that I’m training for right now). I can’t believe you did it all without a Garmin, and I guess that means we should all learn to be a little less reliant on it. Congrats! You’re fantastic!

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  2. Heather
    Heather October 10, 2012 at 8:13 am |

    Gosh Darn It! I’m super proud of you and so inspired by you :) Loved this recap, lady!!

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  3. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    Carly D. @ CarlyBananas October 10, 2012 at 8:23 am |

    Congrats Mary! What an awesome race! I’m so happy it went so well for you!
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone post such amazingly even marathon splits and you did it without a Garmin! You are amazing!

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  4. Danielle
    Danielle October 10, 2012 at 8:37 am |

    What an awesome race – so speedy!! I was nervous that I’d take it out too fast too, and so I wound up negative splitting just a bit too – that alone is an accomplishment for a marathon! You’ll definitely get that BQ next time – especially with a working watch!

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  5. Jessie Sebor
    Jessie Sebor October 10, 2012 at 8:38 am |

    This sounds like the kind of race runners dream about. So happy for you! You earned it!

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  6. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes October 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    Congratulations, Mary!! What an accomplishment! You look so strong and happy in all of those pictures–you were definitely “in the zone.” :)

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  7. Heather (Where's the Beach)
    Heather (Where's the Beach) October 10, 2012 at 9:00 am |

    Awesome awesome job!!! Loved this recap and all the pictures!

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  8. Danielle
    Danielle October 10, 2012 at 9:12 am |

    Congrats Mary!

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  9. Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) October 10, 2012 at 9:25 am |

    Oh my goodness what an AMAZING race you ran! Your time was Killer!! Do I sense Boston in your future??

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  10. Whitney
    Whitney October 10, 2012 at 10:27 am |

    Congrats on running such a smart race! It was so great to have you guys stay with us and for y’all to get to see why me and Dave love CHICAGO!

    I think I’m going to have to run CM13–probably can get my PR down by an hour if my IT band behaves this time around :)

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  11. Meghann
    Meghann October 10, 2012 at 10:33 am |

    CONGRATS!!! I got goosebumps reading this post! I’m soooooo proud of you. Some of my favorite races are the ones I go in not expecting much and surprise myself along the way. And there’s something to say about training for races down here. It might SUCK in the heat and humidity, but running in those conditions will make us stronger, better runners in the end. Congrats again!

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  12. Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run
    Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run October 10, 2012 at 10:53 am |

    Congrats on a great race! I found you from a tweet from Meghann. :-) I had a marathon where every step felt amazing too. It reminds you why running is so awesome!
    I think Chicago will be my race next year. It’s my home town and I really wanted to run it this year but got a little burned out from training last year. So next year, perhaps. And hopefully that awesome cool weather will happen again.
    Congrats again…oh, and that pic of you running through China Town is frame-worthy. Love it!

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  13. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 10, 2012 at 11:01 am |

    Congratulations on such an incredible race! I actually had almost the exact same thing happen to me with my Garmin when I ran the Chicago Half in September. I was pretty frustrated at the time (especially since it was my first half, I was already scared out of my mind, AND I had only run Garmin-less once since I bought mine in February), but since there was nothing I could do about it at that point I was kind of like, “Well, I guess we’ll see what happens!” I didn’t negative split, but from the splits I do have I ran more consistently in that race than I had ever run throughout all my training. I still love my Garmin, especially because I’m a total stat nerd when it comes to running, but I definitely now think running sans Garmin has its benefits! It’s nice to run 100% on feel sometimes (even if a race isn’t exactly the time I wanted to test that out haha). Congrats again on PRing!!

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  14. Kat
    Kat October 10, 2012 at 11:59 am |

    CONGRATULATIONS GIRL! So proud of you! Great pics and so glad you enjoyed yourself for such a long race – it’s good to always remember why we run instead of just doing it! :) Great splits, holy cow!

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  15. Beth
    Beth October 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm |

    Congrats Mary! This was a great report and definitely a great race on your part. You ran smart and have the shiny new PR to prove it!! Hope to see you out on the streeets soon. ;)

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  16. Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian
    Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian October 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    Wow, this was so inspirational to read! Congrats on running a totally amazing marathon. Reading things like this makes me really want to give running another try.

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  17. Amanda @RunToTheFinish
    Amanda @RunToTheFinish October 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

    YEAHH!! Oh my gosh mary what a great race. I loved reading it because you did well everything right! Listened to your body, found ways to break up the race and enjoyed it :) congrats!!

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  18. Em
    Em October 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm |

    Congrats!! What a great run! I hope y next marathon is even close to as good (it definitely won’t be as fast). Inspiring!!

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  19. Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife October 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm |

    great job Mary! you are such an inspriation those are some awesome splits!

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  20. Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga
    Whitney @LiveRunLoveYoga October 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm |

    CONGRATS!! That is an awesome time! What’s even better is that you had fun the entire time!! So happy you loved Chicago!

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  21. Tina @ Best Body Fitness
    Tina @ Best Body Fitness October 11, 2012 at 7:17 am |

    AHHH! AMAZING!!! You killed killed killed it! And so glad to see that you’re super proud of your accomplishment and not bummed about 14 sec off a BQ. I think I saw you speedily running by once. Wish I had the chance to congratulate you in person but sending HUGE congrats now!

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  22. Jina
    Jina October 11, 2012 at 9:04 am |

    Amazing race, Mary! This was so fun to read. I’m so happy for you!

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  23. Zenaida Arroyo
    Zenaida Arroyo October 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    Congratulations! I live in Chicago and was around mile 19. I’ve ran the marathon before and it is an awesome race with a great course!!

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  24. Caroline Calcote
    Caroline Calcote October 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm |

    You are amazing Mary! Great recap! It was so nice to see you today at Seasons 52 :)

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  25. Chuck Feerick
    Chuck Feerick October 12, 2012 at 1:49 am |

    I’m so happy for you Mary! I’ve watched you put in so much work over the last months and do it with so much intelligence. Your balance of life, friends, and exercise incredibly inspire me- I’m lucky to have you as a friend. A 2+ minute PR is a huge amount in a marathon!
    I loved getting Marcus’s Twitter updates throughout the whole race. Chicago is such an amazing city and I’m glad you had fun; it reminds me of a cleaner, friendlier New York City.
    This was a great recap and most important, you did it!

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  27. Steph
    Steph October 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    YAY! Congrats!!!! Sounds like you had an amazing race! So excited to see what’s next! :)

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  28. Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement
    Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement October 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm |

    I found this recap via Eat Run Watch and I loved hearing your Chicago Marathon tale. I’m new to Chicago and I’m thinking about doing it next year. Thanks again for sharing and Congrats!

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