To say that I’m not excited would be a total lie. I’m SUPER PSYCHED about the 2013 Chicago Marathon! This year seems particularly special since I had to sit last year out with a nasty injury. At this point last year, I was walking again and had started running but my mileage was very low. I was facing what would turn out to be a long, slow buildup to ensure that I would be “up and running” for a long time after my recovery. The goal was long term health NOT the speed at which I could return to the run. It seems to have worked well. I’ve done a few fun things this year, including Ragnar Key West, the Lansing Marathon and a lot of races from 5K to the half marathon distance. However, I’ve just recently noticed that my “run mojo” is returning. I’m excited to see what that means for me and the Chicago Marathon. Maybe I’ll be running side by side with Ritz? Or maybe not.
I don’t have a time goal. I know that seems odd to so many of you but I don’t. This is a race that fields so many people, both runners and spectators alike. We will have approximately 45,000 runners and just under 2 million spectators. If you are running, you don’t need to worry about feeling lonely during THIS marathon. You will always have people around you both running and cheering for you by name. I know from past experience that things get crowded. I don’t want to worry about trying to weave around people rather than enjoying the journey because I’m too focused on the clock. I just want to have fun. I want to read all the signs. I want to see all the crazy outfits. I want to cheer back those who came to cheer for us. I want to laugh and smile and high five the little ones who came out in the cold to see us crazy marathoners. I want to be present and in the moment. Who knows what next year will bring? Possibly a real lottery for the Chicago Marathon? Possibly more of the same? There are no guarantees that there will be a 2014 marathon for me, so I’m going to enjoy this one like it might be my last. Who really knows? Plenty of smaller marathons that I can run for time so I don’t want that to be my focus here, in my home town, in one of the BEST marathons in the world.
The city is ready. The signs have been hung.
The preparations have been made. The game is ON. Let’s run Chicago together!
** See You On Sunday ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **