It was an amazing run that was unexpected.
I have been reflecting on this now and wondering what there is to say. I went into the Chicago Marathon relaxed with zero expectations because I had PR'd a marathon 3 weeks before. The goal was to enjoy the race because it had been 2 years in the making. I had been fundraising and wanted to just have fun. Nerves didn't build until the morning of and that was a new thing, normally they start 2 days out.
I added some more liquid fuel before the race to top of storage which was new.
I started a little fast and did a little extra running trying to get free from the group. This put me a two miles that were sub 6 minutes which was to fast. I felt good through the race and faded near the end. My legs started to get fatigued and sore, but that was to be expected because of going out fast and banking some time.
I had to stop to pee which was an internal fight because I was on pace to do so well, but knew if I did not stop I would have not been able to take in any more nutrition or hydration. The minute I lost in the bathroom saved countless minutes of GI distress or having to walk.
All of that being said the leisurely run through Chicago turned out to be a great PR and another Boston qualifying time. If someone would have told me that I would have ran two sub-3 hour marathons in 3 weeks I would have laughed and said no way. It was a great way to wrap up the race season and running for charity. We raised over $2k split between Lurie's Children's Hospital and Fxck Cancer Endurance club and I could not be more proud.