So, some important thank yous:
1) to the race officials and volunteers: thank you for the Gatorade, for the encouragement, for the sponges, for making us feel safe on the course, for making us feel special, for countless "Come on, Becs!" cheers
2) to the lady outside the church at Mile 22 handing out bags of cold grapes: I love you!
Readers, it's a funny coincidence that my Chicago Marathon report marks the 100th post on Miles and Laurel, a project I started with a personal essay about the Fargo Marathon in late May. I wasn't sure that I could sustain this thing, but it turned into an outlet in which I practice writing but also get to record my daily life, connect with people, and be a little creative. I've had so much fun with the blog, and I am grateful for your comments, page views and emails about my little stories. Thank you for supporting this project and for reading this book of a post in particular!
Tomorrow we'll discuss the rest of Chicago: the food, the hotel, the food, the city, and the food. For now, it's naptime.