Have one of these end-of-marathon gifts waiting at the finish line.
Sure, everyone earns a medal at the end of the race, but treat your friend to some bling she’ll wear again on Monday, like a sterling-silver or gold-plated trophy charm. $37–$43 at finishlinecharms.com.
After days of carb-loading, the last thing a runner wants to look at is a plate of pasta. Give the gift of protein with a certificate for two to David Burke’s Primehouse (616 N Rush St, 312-660-6000, davidburke.com).
A professional massage lasts only an hour, but this earthy-scented Badedas bubble bath, infused with horse-chestnut extract to improve circulation, will keep soothing those aching muscles for days. $19 at Merz Apothecary (4716 N Lincoln Ave, 773-989-0900; 111 N State St, 312-781-4000).
Beer tends to be the drink of choice at the end of the race, but take it up a notch and toast the occasion with a bottle of bubbly, like this Champagne Henriot Brut Rose NV. $50 at Binny’s (213 W Grand Ave, 312-332-0012, binnys.com).
A pair of plush slippers like this micro chenille version will cool those fired-up, blistered and callused feet. $19 at Skinstinct (3343 N Broadway, 773-857-6900; 5135 N Clark St, 773-506-7343).
Bank of America Chicago Marathon Grant Park, 300 S Columbus Dr at Jackson Dr. El: Red, Blue to Jackson; Orange, Brown, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 1, 3, 4 (24hrs), 6, 7, 14, 26, 28, 126, 145. Sat 12, 8am.
Read "Runner rubdowns" for tips on how to reward your body after the marathon, "Wear it's at" for the best marathon gear, "What do you want, a medal" to know how to display your race loot and "Body of evidence" to find out what really happens to your body over 26.2 miles.