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Crossing the Finish Line: Berna's Marathon

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 2:40 PM

We met NorthShore employee Berna Jacobson in April 2016 as she geared up for the Chicago Marathon. After months of preparation, we check in with Berna to see how the big day went.

On October 9, 2016, I ran my 8th Chicago Marathon on a perfect fall day in Chicago. I really enjoyed the marathon, even if it was not my fastest time. I loved seeing friends and family along the course, which is one of the reasons I do this hometown race.


I started the weekend by going to the Expo to pick up my race packet. Even if you are not doing the marathon, this Expo is great for learning about other races, picking up running gear and trying energy food and drinks. I then made my way downtown to attend the American Cancer Society DetermiNation Team Dinner, where I heard inspiring stories and information about how the funds raised are being used. Running for this charity (or a charity that means something to you) makes the miles run mean so much more. I feel fortunate to have raised almost $3,000 this year.

Saturday was a rest day that included a big breakfast, prepping for Sunday and a small dinner. Sunday was an early start with catching the El at 5:30 am and heading to the start line after dropping off my gear (always bring dry clothes and sandals/flip fops for after the race). Once the race started at 7:30 am, it took me about 20 minutes to actually start. The crowds were great almost the entire time, and the weather was perfect. I drank plenty of fluids and the miles just kind of flew by. I didn’t really hit a wall, but by mile 25, I was ready to be done.


Post-race, I caught up with family and friends. I always love seeing my friends who ran and hearing about how their race went. Some people had personal bests while others were thrilled to finish. I loved it so much that I signed up for one in Madison in mid-November, and will sign up for Chicago 2017.