This last Sunday, I completed my second Chicago Marathon. It was the first time I incorporated a GoPro. I used the GoPro Hero 4 and mounted it via the chest mount. I can report the I did not experience any chafing from wearing the mount. It felt comfortable. I used the ten second time lapse to capture these Chicago Marathon GoPro time lapse photos. I would not recommend the chest mount for video though. I think the head mount provides a more stable mount for video.
I had hoped to run a personal best this year, but unfortunately I hurt my calf in July. I tried to rest it and stretch and come back in a week, but I re-injured it three more times. I finally realized it was more serious than a pulled muscle. I rested it for three weeks while doing toe raises. This finally healed it, but I missed over six weeks of training during the most critical stretch.
The most I ran when I finally got healthy at one time was six miles. I knew a personal best was not in the cards, and I feared I might not even complete ten miles. I was running for charity, so I did not want to cancel my participation. Click here if you would like to check out my worthy cause.
I started off feeling ok, and I felt pretty good through ten miles, but around the halfway point things began to unravel. I passed the halfway point at 2:14 minutes, and I began to walk at 12 miles, so I did pretty decent through 13.1. The next 13.1 were a different story.
Chicago Marathon is not a lonely venture
I concentrated on getting some GoPro footage since I knew I would not have such a great time. There are over 1.5 million spectators that line the course. The crowd is amazing. They make us feel like rock stars. I remember when I ran cross-country meets in high school the only people that cheered us on were our coaches, teammates, a team members family member or two, and if we were lucky an actual fan..
When training there is never any support unless you are running with someone. That is why they call long distance running a lonely venture. This is not the case during the Chicago Marathon. Thank you so much to anyone who goes out and gives us support and also to the wonderful volunteers.
I dedicate this photo essay to the spectators and volunteers who so selflessly give so much to make this event great. I also give high fives to my fellow marathon runners. Only a marathon runner knows how difficult it is to run a marathon. I have so much respect for every runner that stood on that starting line and finished. Heck, even if you don’t finish, you have my respect for even trying.
Disappointing finish but there is always next year
I limped to the finish line, although I did run the last one mile without stopping after a run walk combination the last 14 miles. I may not have achieved my goal, but at least I captured some fun shots from a great race. There is always next year.
Chicago Marathon GoPro photo essay
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