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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


The Marathon

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.

IMG_0681The night before the race I took some sharpie markers and wrote names on my arm to help me get through the tough miles.

IMG_0721Carmen 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.

IMG_0727I had my family sign their names so I could remember that I had people who could scoop me up off the pavement and take me home.

IMG_0722This 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.
IMG_0730Carmen 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!”IMG_0009_2This 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.  IMG_0030_2My 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.

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