Sorry I didn’t get this post written yesterday. I did finish the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. However, it was 7 minutes past the cut off time. So, I won’t be listed as an official finisher. I did beat my LA Marathon time by around 20 minutes to continue with the year of 2nd bests.
I posted this info with the above photo in the Team #runDisney Facebook group. I took the pic about 2.5 hours after I finished the race. I was proud to have beaten my LA Marathon time (thus the smile). Someone in the TrD group decided to ridicule me in a different group. He equated my finishing the race 7 minutes too slow with being carted off on a sweeper bus and given a finishers medal I didn’t earn.
I didn’t get to the finish line via sweeper bus. I ran and walked my way all the way to the finish line. This is what I saw at the finish. They had closed off the finish line. So, we were directed to our right to go around the finish line. This not the same as riding a sweeper bus from mile 20 to the finish. I could have quit when I popped blisters in both feet in mile 22. But, I didn’t. By the end of mile 23, I knew I wasn’t going to make the cut off. I’ll talk about it more when I recap the race. I fought thoughts to quit all the way to the finish line. So, I will say that I finished the Chicago Marathon. Even if it’s not official.
It’s a little heart breaking to see someone you don’t know diminish your accomplishment while you sleep. All day Monday, the thread continued. Now, it’s deleted. I’m still processing it all. The funny thing is that I had a fun day in Chicago while that thread continued.