So I'm all busy complaining about the stinking Martian Marathon not being flat and today I get this email (that's right Wes I'm now blogging about you) I've got a friend who just finished a stellar 8K in Chicago during a blizzard and he drops me this little note about a ferocious monster in the race that will in fact also be at the end of the Chicago Marathon (you know, the one I'm planning on running this fall) in the form of you guessed it...a hill.
Please hear my disgusted sigh now. I distinctly remember seeing this race advertised as flat (and of course a Boston Qualifier not that that thought had even crossed my mind). Not only was it advertised as flat, but I can remember a couple of pals of mine who ran the Detroit Marathon back when I did saying "oh you should do Chicago, Chicago really is flat" ("really is" because Detroit is also advertised as flat which it IS NOT. I mean how you gonna go throw the Ambassador Bridge in there and still call it flat. Seriously, even if we're running blind I think our legs would pick up on it).
Anyway, after this flat report from my good marathoning friend (oh yes Jen you are in fact the culprit I am referring to, and it's been spilled to me that you're reading this so you better prepare to explain/defend yourself in the comments...and tell Miss Lori she might very well be on my list too b/c I do recall some confirmation on her part as well), I've been foaming at the mouth to get over there thinking maybe just maybe I could run myself a halfway respectable time.
But oh no...they're going to go ahead and throw a hill right in at the finish. WHO IS PLANNING THESE RACES FOR CHRIST'S SAKE? Satan himself? I am not happy about this. I'm still going to do it and all, but I am not happy about it. Which leads me to ...
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Does anybody out there know an ACTUAL flat marathon? Do they even exist?