It was a very cold Milwaukee morning. 29 degrees at race time. This would be my first marathon where I wasn't running in 90 degree heat. From one extreme to the next. I was still going to wear shorts but a long sleeve compression shirt under my race shirt was definitely in order for this one. I had a fairly large group from the start. There were first timers to people that had run 15 marathons or more.
This was probably my favorite marathon ever!! It was a beautiful course almost the kind of scenery you would see in a magazine. Beautiful tree lined residential areas on a crisp fall day with the leafs turning beautiful fall colors. The last 4 miles was an easy downhill that ran along Lake Michigan with breathtaking views of the Lake.