Chicago Marathon Update!

     Just got back late last night from running the Chicago Marathon.  I had a great experience, but it was tempered by the news I read when I got home that a fireman running for charity collapsed near the very end and died a few hours later. 
     Considering the number of participants nationwide, marathoning is still statistically one of  the safer sports, but it’s alwas very sad to hear this kind of news.  This reinforces the fact that we should never take a marathon for granted; it’s still a difficult endeavor, no matter your training and racing background.
     But onto the race!  Any fears I had about how the organizers would handle the 40,000-plus runners were quickly allayed.  The start went off well, and the broad streets easily accomodated the masss.   I didn’t experience any bottlenecks, and the race support was wonderful.  The course was as flat and fast as advertised, and it felt like all of Chicgao turned out to cheer us on (the race organizers informed us that they expected 1.7 million spectators on the course).
     One of my favorite race experiences was reading the different signs held up by the race fans.  Maybe you’ve seen smilar signs in other races yu’ve run, but I loved them nonetheless.  In no particular order, here are a few:

  • Holy Sh*T!  You’re Running a Freakin’ Marathon!
  • Worst Parade Ever
  • One Day You Will No Longer Be Able To Do This.  Today Is Not That Day
  • Go, Complete Stranger, Go!
  • Do Epic Sh*t
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About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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2 Responses to Chicago Marathon Update!

  1. Humberto says:

    Hello. Will your book be available in a ebook format?

    • horowitzrun says:

      Thanks for your message. I understand that my book will be in ebook format — check with Amazon to see when it will be available. Thanks!

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