I ran the Chicago marathon. I never thought I would actually run that far, but I did. I’m going to give you all a very abbreviated version of the experience.
My family came with me to cheer me through it. I think that was the best part. We took this selfie the day before the race. I love those humans. We had a lot of fun in Chicago.
Carmen is the reason I was running the race. She put my name in the lottery, so if the race went poorly I would remember who to blame. But, I also wanted to cheer for her. I signed up to track her during the race. It was fun to see the messages come through on my phone telling me where she was in the race.
This is a list of the amazing running people in my life. All of them have inspired me through their training and races. I love talking to them about running and hearing what they are doing. They are the reason I kept training.
Carmen and I managed to find each other before the race. We gave each other a hug and then went off to our corrals. She runs a lot faster than I do, so we don’t run together and that’s why we are still friends. If I had to run with her I’m pretty sure at mile 24 I would have looked at her and said, “THIS IS YOUR FAULT!”This is my favorite photo from the race. I was at mile 19. My family managed to see me a few times during the race, it was very encouraging. Ike gave me a sweet hug and Ellen took that photo. My goal was to finish and be able to walk around Chicago with my family. I finished and I was able to walk, it wasn’t pretty. My knee hated me for a few days, but yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat.