It’s been nearly a month, 4 weeks, 30 days since I completed my second full marathon. I’ve started to put the words together to share with you all, but they just aren’t coming. I’m working at it, when I have the time. It’ll be a big post…pictures and stories and such of my adventures in Chicago.
Just thought I’d let ya’ll know, between two jobs, 3 volleyball leagues, and attempting to get back to a regular fitness and running routine, finding the words to convey the one million feelings I had during the Chicago marathon is not coming easily!
I’ve had lots of things to post about and that I drafts that I’ve started, but none of them seem important. The only thing that runs through my mind these last few days are thoughts of Boston and my family and friends and those that were hurt or killed.
I knew had two friends out there and thankfully they are both safe and sound. One of them were super speedy and finished about 40 minutes before the bombs exploded and he and this wife were far away enjoying a well deserved beer. Another friend, a run club buddy from my gym, had just finished at about 4:02 or so and was just collecting her belongings and getting through the chute. My entire run club was checking and updating our Facebook page to see if she was safe and where she was!
Like many, I’m sure, I was glued to all of the new websites, and Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates. All of the blogger that I follow are all safe and sound and I am so thankfully that they’ve all escaped any injuries!
After some time of reflecting on my own races and reading Kat’s blog, the events Monday have hit me much harder than I had thought that they would. After the Boston Marathon bombing, I put myself in that place, at that finish line. I could feel what some of the people there may have felt. Even now as I type I tear up at the thought of all of my friends and family who have come to support me at the final yards of a race. I put myself there. What could have happened. Who I could have lost.
Sunday the 28th, there is an event in the Twin Cities, if you’re a local reader, this is the info from the Facebook event page:
Come run/walk for any or all of 4 hours, 09 minutes and 43 seconds. Water, gatorade, snacks will be provided on the course. You can come at anytime during the event, you do not need to be present at 10:40am to come and participate. For anyone in attendance at 2:49:43pm we will observe a moment of silence at the finish line.
Yesterday I pulled out the one race shirt I could
wear at work, under of course a blue shirt and then finally
I threw on my only yellow shirt for my 4.09 run club run after work.
It was a day full of thoughts of Boston. I am thankful that my finishes have been happy
warm moments, with friends and family every time.
My Chicago Marathon will have so much more meaning this fall. When I run Chicago, I will dedicate it to Boston.
That finish line will be indescribable.
I’m crazy. I’m impulsive. I’m easily persuaded. I’m surrounded by runner friends. I’m a runner. I’m registered for the CHICAGO freaking MARATHON!!
Back in October when my friend Linda told me she was going to run the Chicago marathon with her friend Jamie, I thought, “well good luck to you lady, I’m out”! I did not want to go through another summer of
not really training to have my inaugural marathon experience almost be cancelled due to heat!
(Let’s take you back to my first marathon – Grandma’s Marathon 2009: 90 degrees, 70% humidity and not a cloud in the sky for all of my 26.2 miles! I barely made it the first 5 miles with out walking. It was disappointing to say the least, but in the end I got what I paid for, and what I got was a finishing time of 6:15 and a sweet tan line!. 2013 Goal: 5:45. The key for me is getting out there any doing the training, I know this now, but I have to make it happen for myself!)
Check out this sweet sweet tan line! The pic below is about 15 minutes later…Stick a fork in me I am D-U-N! I
couldn’t didn’t want to walk the mile back to Heidi’s car, so I laid down behind bar…perfectly normal… The BF at the time decided this is when I was most photogenic, I disagree.I did it! Woo Hedi and her bestest sign ever!
But back to now…I kept thinking about it and kept hearing that some other blogger ladies that ran the TC Marathon last fall were all going to run Chicago too! It all convinced me. I should do it. Heidi did amaze-balls at her redemption marathon last year in Fargo! I could do just as good for myself! I would have people to hang out with.
Peer pressure (in the best way) got to me and I figured that I should. I wanted to. So today at noon I tried to register…try being the key word. I tried every little while for about 3 hours (which is not good for productivity during my 2 day work week this week…) Finally at about 3pm I got registered! Lucky me, lots of other people were not so lucky including my friend Linda and Julia! 😦 The website now says that there are 15,000 spots left (out of 45,000!) and they will re-open registration on Thursday night. YIKES! How nerve racking!!
I am glad that I got in, I am hopefully that all of my friends who want to get in will! Come Thursday at 5 there will be LOTS of traffic on the Chicago Marathon website!