Chicago Marathon Recap

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It’s finally race day! Well, in my blog posts that is!

I laid everything out the day before so there would be no scrambling that morning. I woke up early as I had been doing because of the time difference.  I ate my normal oatmeal, pb, banana breakfast with a cup of espresso.  Got dressed and was out the door! I walked on over to the start with 1000s of other athletes walking from their hotel.


Got through security and  headed to my corral.  Everyone was so friendly and so excited to be there. I met people who were also running their first marathon and someone who this was their 15th!  I got a nice red fleece for race day from am vets for $3 to toss off right before the start.  Thankfully they donate all the clothes that runners throw off at the start line, or else i’d feel horrible for throwing away a perfectly nice fleece.  The gun went off and it took about 10 minutes to get to the start line and we were finally off running!! YAY!


I stayed really calm the first miles making sure to not go fast at all since we still had a long way to go. Everything was going great and I felt pretty good and was on pace to hit my target time.  I started drinking water at mile 6 because I was a little thirsty.  Every now and again I would drink gatorade, and then water.  At the half way point I felt beyond horrible.  My stomach was not feeling well at all.  I tried drinking gatorade and water at each stop thinking that would make things better.  TMI but I got ill a few times on the course, which is not at all normal for me even when I am pushing the pace super hard I’ve never gotten sick, and I definitely wasn’t going at a fast pace for me.  But that was how race day was going.  I continued to drink more and more water and gatorade through the next half of the race, and felt worse and worse.  I finally got up the last hill and finished! Yahoo I was done!


I got my medal and my heat sheet and started to slowly walk.  I stopped for a second because I was very dizzy and lightheaded, and a medical person escorted me to the medical tent.  I laid down there  with a bunch of other people not feeling well as they took my vitals and asses what was wrong with me.  It turns out I developed hyponatremia during the race, which is where you over hydrate and your sodium levels go out of balance and basically throws your entire body out of wack.  I was wondering why some lady offered me salt during the race, I guess I should have taken her up on that offer.   At least I learned a lot this first time around that I will correct next time!  But boy did it feel good to finish my first marathon!!


  1. Kay @ Kay Bueno

    October 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Congrats on the marathon, I heard Chicago was a beautiful course.

    I think it’s super tough sometimes to self diagnose issues on a race. I always wonder if I’m feeling exertion, or if I’m actually feeling ill. But always good to be able to figure out what you need to do next time.

    • Amanda Lizz

      October 22, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Thank you! Chicago was a gorgeous course!

  2. Amanda

    October 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Way to go! Just out of curiosity (if you are up to sharing), when taking the drinking breaks did you continue a light jog or walk. I know it can be hard to drink while keeping the pace, but at the same time not wanting to walk because you lose momentum. Thanks for sharing, and again, way to crush it!

    • Amanda Lizz

      October 22, 2014 at 7:52 am

      I did end up slowing down a bit at the water stations. I tried to go at a regular pace at first and half the liquid ended up every where but my mouth! ha

  3. Katie

    November 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations!! I’m planning to train for my first marathon in the next few months… super nervous but excited! Love reading about your experiences 🙂

    • Amanda Lizz

      November 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      ah yay. That’s so exciting! Training for a marathon is such an incredible experience! I learned so much about myself and how strong I can be both physical and mentally. Enjoy the process! 🙂