One More Week

One week from today I will be competing in my first ever full marathon in Chicago. I can’t believe its only one week away!

Bank of America Chicago Marathon


This e-mail confirms your participation in the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Leslie E McDermott

Bib Number:

Start Assignment:

I was lucky enough to receive an amazing start assignment in Corral D based on my performance in the NYC Half Marathon this past March where I PR’d! To get into Corral D each runner has to have a sub 1:50 half marathon time, which I do!

For the start, the elite runners start first, then Corrals A – D. The lettered start corrals are seeded placements of 12,000 runners based on their recent half and full marathon times.

Behind the lettered corrals is an Open Start which is 33,000 runners in no particular order. I am excited to have earned a place in the front in one of the lettered corrals because I think this will mean an easier, possibly faster start. I am thinking there will be less walkers here and possibly less bobbing and weaving, which happens in so many races of this size, which ends up adding additional mileage to the race, and I don’t want to run more than 26.2 if I don’t have to!

I had a good 9 miler this morning, my last long run before next weekend, and it was an emotional one, but it felt good. I am just excited to get to Chicago! I leave early Thursday morning and it can’t come fast enough!


Here is a high speed video of the Chicago Marathon course. It makes 26.2 miles seem really long, but the course looks fun! I am hoping the crowds are going nuts and any rain holds off until the afternoon!

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  • Reply Carly October 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Wow, it's going to be here before you know it. I can't wait to hear how it goes.

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ October 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Love the video! It does look long but I bet it is a great run! Good luck!

  • Reply Becky October 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Ahh! It's so close! You've made it so far! I can only imagine how you are feeling right now. You own those miles.

  • Reply Paige (Running Around Normal) October 4, 2010 at 12:29 am

    That video is awesome! I watched the whole thing, haha.
    It's SO close. One week!! You're gonna rock it:)

  • Reply kilax October 4, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Woo hoo for Corral D! I will be in the open corral…where I belong. LOL!

    Off to watch the vid! Have a great last week! 🙂

  • Reply Megan October 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I will be cheering on you and Bobbi! Way to go girl!

  • Reply ladypurpl October 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Don't be nervous – believe in yourself, you can do this!
    Your families are there to cheer you on and fiance will get great photos to commemorate your First Marathon. I'll have the chocolate bars waiting for you too!

  • Reply Dori October 4, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I still can't believe you ran that fast at the NYC Half. I can't even imagine! I beat up my entire body to get 2:14 this weekend!

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