Since crossing the Chicago Marathon finish line three weeks ago, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. While some of that reflecting has been about what worked and what didn’t work during both my preparation for running my first marathon, as well as the day of the race itself, I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking about when and where I will run my second marathon. After a lot of thinking, some soul searching, as well as talking with family and a couple of friends, I’ve decided that I’ll be returning to Chicago again in 2018, once again running with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities!
I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to run with Team RMHC again. Running this year’s Chicago Marathon with the team made my marathon training and racing a very powerful and meaningful experience. I feel like my work with RMHC isn’t done and that I’ve been called back to run with the team again next year. And just like this year, I’ll once again be running in memory of my childhood friend Tammy, who during her four year battle with cancer stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis during her treatment at St. Jude.
Despite my own physical struggles the day of the race, the Chicago Marathon itself is an incredible experience. From a runner’s standpoint, the race logistics seem almost flawless. The crowd support along the course is like something that I’ve never experienced before. Even in the back half of the course, which is away from the heart of downtown Chicago, there were still some spectators cheering runners on.
Logistically, early fall is the ideal time for me to run a marathon. Not only does it allow for me to do the bulk of my training during summer break when I don’t have the same level of work responsibilities to also balance in addition to being a mom and a wife, but the timing of the race itself fits really well with my school calendar. Race weekend is far enough into the school year that the initial beginning of the school year craziness has died down, but is also early enough before the end of the first quarter at the end of October/beginning of November when end of the quarter stress kicks into high gear.
The Chicago Marathon also gives my husband, son, and I a perfect excuse to spend a long weekend with family. My parents and sisters live just two hours south of Chicago, and it was wonderful to spend some quality family time together in Chicago this year. We’re all already looking forward to doing the same again in 2018.
Once again, I cannot thank all of you enough for your support in my running the Chicago Marathon this year, and I thank you in advance for your support for next year’s race. I would greatly appreciate any and all donations made to RMHC on my behalf. Please consider visiting my fundraising page. $25 can pay for dinner for a family, and $80 covers the cost of a room for one night. No donation is too small.
QOTD: How do you make your running a meaningful experience?
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