Sunday they spent several hours running together. Both said they were disappointed they didn't finish the race in under three hours.

"If it's not where you want to be, it's sad," said Breshears, who finished in about 3 hours and 9 minutes. "It's all relative."

Sprawled on the ground outside the finish line, the two women said their muscles felt cramped but were looking forward to rest of their day.

"Laying (around). Maybe a bath," Breshears said.

"Long shower. Lots of food," they both said in unison.

Calvin Aschliman's entry into the Chicago Marathon world was somewhat accidental. He was fixing a copier at the Chicago Area Runners Association headquarters, where he learned about the association's running programs.

At age 49, he joined one for new beginners near his home in Hyde Park.

"They said by the end of this program, you will be able to run 20 minutes nonstop and I didn't believe them," the 57-year-old said.

About two years later, he was running his first Chicago marathon. He has run three more since, including Sunday, and five others elsewhere.

"If he didn't have a marathon to train for, he would never run," said his wife, Annie Stewart, 54.

Though Aschliman said he achieved his goal of clocking a time under 3:50 (he finished in 3:48.00), it wasn't always smooth sailing.

"When I saw her (Stewart) at mile 22, I sort of had my doubts because my calf started to tighten," he said. "So I stretched and kissed her."

"And one of those helped," joked Stewart.

The couple drove up from their home in Indianapolis last night and had picked out places to meet along the way.

"If you don't pick very specific spots, it's hard to find somebody," he said.

The two plan to finish their day with a 3-hour drive home to Indianapolis.

"I think he's gonna sleep. I think I'll drive," Stewart said.

It was a good race for Arik Anderson, 31, who said he was happy to finish in under three hours and get a Boston Marathon qualifying time.

"The last three miles I felt surprisingly good," he said, adding that the "good weather" helped him finish at around 2 hours and 58 minutes.

Anderson, who currently lives in New York, said he has been running the Chicago marathon since 2006.

"I didn't do last year's so I'm happy to be back," he said.