Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Don't Procrastinate

When you hear that a marathon is nearing its capacity, register immediately. If anyone out there has any ideas on how a 2:37 marathoner with aspirations for better can get into the now sold-out Chicago marathon, please let me know.

I tried again for the 200's today, but the legs still won't turn over for me. After two reps at 37 seconds I called it off, and while standing on the track afterwards I could feel my heart thumping. More recovery is needed. I jogged it home and called it a day after 6 miles at 6:49 pace.

17 comments:

Eric said...

I've got an idea. Register for Twin Cities instead! Hahahahahaha!

Only half joking. Actually 100% serious. Chicago suxxors! It's cold and windy. Twin Cities is THE fall marathon.

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

The only idea I have is that you could contact them (Chicago) directly and ask them if you can get in because you are trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials and they have a fast course. You have a fast enough PR that they would probably see you having an outside chance. The Olympic men's "B" standard is 2:22. I'm not sure what they time to get in the trials is, though.

Abadabajev said...

2 back to back days flirting with 7 minute pace. I gotta tell ya', I'm getting excited. Your body is telling to. And you're listening. Compensation will happen this weekend. You had 2 terrific 5k races. That opened up the balloon. Now carbo load starting today for the next 3 days.

Phil said...

Forgeta'bout it. There are plenty of high quality marathons out there for you to conquer.

M. Tate said...

Yea, like eric said the twin cities is on the same day, as well as the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. Milwaukee is much smaller then either Chicago or TC, but closer. But you still have options.

On a side note, I was unsure as to what I wanted to run, Chicago, Milwaukee, or TC. I guess its down to two now.

Michael said...

Nice effort on your races, sorry you didn't get the times you were looking for. I had the same problem with Chicago last year, it fills up really fast. I like Chad's idea, unless you know someone it might be quite hard otherwise. I know they have a special section there for up-and-comers? All the best...

You could always do the CIM again? I also think there is a fast one in Toronto in September, I think it is called the waterfront marathon, have a look?

Thomas said...

I nearly missed out on Connemara last year because I didn't sign up in time. But they still had places open for charity runners, so I got one of those. Cost me a small fortune, though.

ian said...

If you're dead-set on Chicago, here's an idea. Some hoops to jump through, and dollars to spend, but it'll get you to the line...
http://www.cararuns.org/marathonclosed.html
Sure you have to go to Chicago in May to do it, but what better opportunity to scout the course?

ian said...

Also this more reasonable option...

http://marathontours.com/chicago/index.shtml

Andrew said...

Here's an opportunity to go to a smaller race and go for the win.

Patrick said...

Mike,

I second the vote for TCM and I've run both. Although it may make no sense at all, I think Chicago is too flat. It beats you up because you never change your stride. TCM rolls a little (a lot towards the end). And I'm running TCM so it would be good to meet up with you.

That said, you could probably still get into Chicago. Contact Carey and tell him you're trying to qualify for the Trials. Since the Trials are only a month out from Chicago there probably will not be very much depth in that range and he may let you in. The sooner the better, especially if the race just closed.

PR

kconnor said...

NY! Nov. 4th. You have a week to get a guaranteed seeded entry in. Oly Trials Marathon the day before.

Omniscient said...

We could try contacting our New Balance rep to see what he can do (New Balance is a presenting sponsor). In the past, he got Lucas into the Houston Half with a comped entry and I'm sure he can pull some strings again. I'll get the ball rolling on this one.

Quinto Sol said...

You can forget about ChiCowgo and try Steamtown... 955' drop in elevation with some difficult hills in the later miles.

Greg said...

You may want to look at this charity. It's $125 to register and no min. fundraising goal needed, so it's only a $15 premium. Pretty reasonable really.

http://researchautism.org/news/run/races/chicago.asp

Ryan Cleary said...
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Ryan Cleary said...

i deleted my rambling, incoherent post.
the short version: shoot them an email, and hope for the best.
minnesota sure is great in october though (as an alternative).
ps. no babies this year!! we'll see about 2008 though...