It seems like ages ago that I signed up for my first marathon. I was an extremely new blogger, and I remember writing this post the day I signed up for the Chicago Marathon in 2011 titled Me vs The Marathon. During my training, I had successful long runs and moments of extreme doubt, but ultimately I ran the Chicago Marathon in just over 4 hours. The marathon exceeded my expectations in every way. I loved training and increasing my mileage each week. The support I received as a St. Jude Hero was invaluable the morning of the race, and when I crossed the finish line, I was riding my strongest runner’s high to date.
Because I knew that I had some other commitments last year, I did not sign up for the marathon again, but cheering on the runner’s last October only reaffirmed my desire to train for and run the Chicago marathon AGAIN. And this time, I plan to finish in under 4 hours.
I have signed up to be a St. Jude Hero again this year to raise money for children with catastrophic illnesses. And, I will be officially signing up for the race at noon TODAY.
Already my second marathon feels different, and I am a little nervous about the rise in expectations. When I ran my first marathon, my real goal was just to finish (although secretly I wanted to finish around 4 hours). I did learn quite a few lessons along the way! For this race, I’d like to PR which basically means beating my previous time. As always with distance runs, there is the risk of injuries and you never know what the year ahead will hold. Not to mention that the weather in October in Chicago is completely unpredictable! I learned while working towards a half marathon PR last year how important training, nutrition, and rest can be. Hopefully, 2013 will be the year of PRs!
Whereas when I wrote my first marathon post in 2011, I thought of the 26.2 as Me Vs the Marathon, this year, I am hoping to work together WITH the marathon (hence the change in title) to have a fun, safe, and fast race together. Let the training begin…
Is anyone else planning to run Chicago (or another fall marathon) this year?
Want to be my virtual training buddy?