Congratulations! You are now registered for Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
It's official! I registered for Chicago the day after my first marathon. Way to jump the gun, eh? Actually, Angela registered the both of us and then we suckered Nick into registering. Remember Nick, my favorite Starbucks barista (or according to Pam, "Baristo") whose time I wanted to beat. Well, I did and now he wants to beat mine. That means we will battle it out in my home city of Chicago. Feel free to take bets (as long as you are betting on Team Kate).
Who else will be there!? If you're even considering it, register now before it sells out! I would love to meet you!
If you haven't run the Chicago Marathon, you should before you die. The crowd support is incredible throughout every single mile. The course weaves through various Chicago neighborhoods allowing you to take a tour of the city that wouldn't be possible any other day of the year. It's flat and fast and most importantly, FUN! I only know this because I jumped in as a bandit and ran the second half with Ang in 2009. It was the most fun I think I ever had. I am pretty sure I smiled the entire 13.1 miles.
When it comes to marathons, it is true what they say, "It's all about the journey." Race day goes by in the blink of an eye. We must enjoy those months leading up to the big day. We should embrace those long runs on the weekends that keep us from doing laundry and everything else we SHOULD be doing. We should savor those Friday or Saturday nights staying in so we can wake up at the crack of dawn the next day. There are the ice baths, sore muscles and painful blisters to love (or at least endure). If we don't, what is the point of all this?
I loved my training. I looked forward to the long runs and was proud of the increasing number of miles I was running. Like an old lady, I loved my Saturday nights at home watching documentaries and eating popcorn with Ang. Two (nerdy) peas in a pod. I felt stronger than ever and that feeling is priceless.
I can already see how marathons are addicting. You finish. You feel glorious. Now you have a time to beat. At least that's how my brain works. Am I alone here?
As for right now, my feet are still healing from the bashing they took. My evening looked a little something like this...
I received a BOX from Brooks today! I will blog about it tomorrow, so check back in! Very exciting stuff!
...and I just have to say, I LOVE MY READERS!! You are all so amazing. Your comments bring so many smiles to my face. My cheeks are actually starting to hurt.