I registered for the Chicago Marathon lottery this week. I’ve had this race on the radar for a while but of course decided to wait until they made it a lottery registration system before deciding to pull the trigger. I am usually not a “big marathon” kind of guy, and usually prefer races that are around or under the 10,000 runner mark. But for a big race Chicago has a reputation for being logistically easy and a fast course so I am putting my big-race bias aside and will see if I can get in.
I love Fall marathons and usually try and run 2 or 3 in the Fall. Because Chicago is kind of notorious for having weird weather it is an especially prudent move to have a back up race, so I am considering signing up for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon as well, since that is supposed to be a great race as well and hits my sweet spot for marathon size. That way I can knock of IL and IN from the 50 state map. And I may still throw the Philadelphia Marathon in there, just because it’s a bad idea.