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9Aug/060

Marathons Aplenty

I signed up for the Chicago and then Berlin marathons some time ago but I blog them today for posterity. One day at work, while pondering my poor state of fitness and general lack of extra curricular activity, apart from furrowing a nightly path from the couch to the fridge and back, I received an email from the gym, inviting all interested parties to participate as part of a Merrill Lynch team in the Chicago Marathon. Having been in Chicago more than 10 years ago, I recall 2 things from my time there, cold and wind... yet I was keen to return. Chicago is afterall a beautiful and viby city in the summer and I thought seeing 26.2 miles of it from street level might provide a different perspective on the place. About a week later, stricken with compulsive single mindedness reminiscent only of marathon training days gone by, I discovered the Berlin marathon was taking place a month before Chicago and I figured it would be a good warm-up. I later found out both of these marathons form part of the World Marathon Majors, consisting of the Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York marathons. I hope to
do London next year and maybe NY too, we'll have to see how high and how long these levels of enthusiasm will hold! The Berlin Marathon
takes place on September 24th and the Chicago Marathon on October 22nd.

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