Well. There are officially 245 days until the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. That means, I have 245 days to run an excessive number of miles and share way too much information. Lucky you!
Don’t be fooled, this is not my first rodeo. I am the proud finisher of 3 (count it, THREE) Chicago Marathons. That’s 78.6 miles of race course experience, yet I know this year will be a whole new experience.
A little bit of history: I was not always a long distance runner. In fact, for majority of my life I wasn’t an athlete at all. I danced as a child, took a 10 year hiatus and then dabbled in lacrosse throughout high school.
My legs were built to run, but I never gave them a chance.
At the age of 20, I had been unhealthy, overweight and generally uncomfortable for a decade. Change was needed.
In December of 2007 I told my family that I was going to run a marathon. They called me crazy.
10 months later (and a whopping 50 lbs lighter), I proved my naysayers wrong…
Again and again.
People ask why I continue to run marathons (it’s not like I’m being held at gunpoint people!), and I always respond, “Why not?”
Marathons are time-consuming, emotional, and amazing. For 4 hours (PR of 4:10!) of my life, I’ve experienced over 1 million cheering spectators (otherwise knows as, complete strangers) chanting my name, urging me forward, and offering support. How cool is that?
So, why am I now the proud owner of a blog? Because I love running. I love sharing my love of running. And this year I am putting myself to the test: 2 marathons, back-to-back. Think I can do it?