A humid but overcast Chicago Marathon packed with spectator support cheered my 2nd ever 26.2 for a complete 4:24:24 finish at 10 min/mi average pace. Fair and reasonable considering a solid age group rank and overzealous start.
Chicago Marathon (CM) is a more flat faster run through the city grid in a breezy often building shaded course. This year high humidity and unseasonal heat lead authorities to place a yellow alert to marathon race conditions.
My rigorous training over a typical humid Long Island summer seemed appropriate for the race. The idea is to run reverse splits but I immediately broke plan swept by excitement and overconfidence running a fast start, a near minute ahead of pace over the first 10k, if even the first 5k. Little I knew I sabotaged my future pace and 10 miles to finish.
Still, I have to develop a better strategy. I carried 8 oz of honey but mixed with alternating aide station provided Gatorade. I paid the consequences nursing a stomach cramp at mile 12 through the rest of the course. Limiting my intake to exclusively water was the best I could do to avert impending fail.
It is really hard to run a marathon. Always anticipate heavy fatigue last 10k to finish. Stick to pace plan, bar none. Consider Trail wind or Jet fuel for electrolytes. Carry measured powder according to elapsed time. Maybe a few honey packets. Use Aide stations as supplement to fuel strategy.