Thursday, April 28, 2016

Guess Who Is Running The Chicago Marathon!?!

I've ran a few marathons back in the day. I hated every one of them. I would curse at myself throughout the whole race for signing up for hell. I finally learned my lesson and chose to only sign up for half marathons. Fast forward a few years and apparently I had forgotten how much pain it was to run 26.2 miles because I got into the lottery for the Chicago Marathon!!

I am not sure why I even put my name in the lottery. Somehow, at the beginning of the year I found myself eyeing this race. I love the city so I figured if I got into the lottery it would be a great way to come back and visit. Not only that but my husband has a lot of family that lives there but has never been. I figured it was a win-win for both of us if I got in.  At 02:41am last Thursday,  I practically jumped for joy at work when I read the confirmation email. Of course my co-workers didn't get it.

My previous marathons were horrible but it was entirely my fault. I was not properly trained, my eating habits were horrible, and I literally thought I could "just wing it." I did this for every one of my marathon races so I wasn't surprised when I felt miserable after a few miles. Not only would my body physically shut down, but mentally I was breaking down. This time around it will be so much more different. I'm going to truly focus all my time and energy in preparing for this race. I have one half marathon to run in June but shortly after that I will start my training.

Honestly I just have faith that this time around I will do things right. I eat 10x better than I did during my previous races, but I will be improving it just a bit to make sure I am adequately fueling my body. One thing that I am hoping to avoid is over training. Yes, it can happen! I've been guilty of this in the past so I have to make sure to not overdue it. My body is going to be need those rest days to recover and heal. Maybe a few massages wouldn't hurt too right?!?

Anyone else running the Chicago Marathon?
Would be nice to compare training plans :)

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  1. Good luck with your training and your race! I have such "long run anxiety" that I could never "wing" it -- you're braver than I! *full disclosure: I've also never run more than a half marathon, so I can't even say I know what you mean! :-)

  2. Wow congrats - I ran the Chicago marathon a few years ago, and I had a blast! It is a fast race, nice and flat, and incredible crowd support. You will love it (I hope)!

    1. I have heard great things about this race! I am really excited! :)