I’ll Be Back in 2018!!!

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.

Once again, I will be running Chicago in memory of one of my childhood friends, Tammy, who is third from the left.

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.

The Charity Block Party at mile 14 of this year’s race

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.

I had nothing but an incredible experience running with Team RMHC this year and cannot wait to run with the team again in 2018!

QOTD: How do you make your running a meaningful experience?

I’m linking up with Deb for the Race Linkup.  Be sure to also check out her post for more race ideas.

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36 Responses to I’ll Be Back in 2018!!!

  1. Renée says:

    wow! great decision and great charity to run with (as you already know!)! wishing you lots of luck and also a bit of revenge on the course!!

  2. Wendy says:

    That’s great that you have recommitted already! Must have been a wonderful experience… :p

  3. That’s amazing that you are already ready to give it a go again! Good for you

  4. Rachel says:

    Awesome! I’m so happy for you. You must have had an amazing time!!!

  5. Karen :0) says:

    That’s so awesome! I’m excited for you!!

  6. That is so wonderful that you had such a great experience and want to do it again. I ran for charity in 2015 and I loved the camaraderie of running with a team!

  7. AJ says:

    That’s great you’ve decided on your next run!

  8. kookyrunner says:

    That’s awesome that you will run the race again next year! i would love to go back to Chicago for the race one day.

  9. Chaitali says:

    Yay, that’s great that you’re going to do this one again! That’s definitely a sign of a well run race 🙂

  10. Marcia says:

    How exciting! I could not agree more that Chi is a wonderful marathon. Having had to stay at the Ronald McD House for a couple of weeks myself as a parent of a very sick baby, I love that you’re running on their team again.

  11. That’s exciting! Good for you!

  12. Congrats! It’s exciting to have another marathon to dream about and prepare for 😉

  13. Yay! So glad to hear you’re going to do Chicago again!

  14. Lesley says:

    So exciting! Here’s to another good round of training!

  15. I didn’t run Chicago back when I was running marathons and I regret it. Our son and daughter-in-law lived in Chicago for the last two years while he was in grad school at U of Chicago and we fell in love with the city. Now that they’ve moved back to the east coast, I’d love an excuse to go back to Chicago…

    Thanks for linking up!

  16. Mary says:

    Sounds like a great plan. Family and charity to make the trip and the run meaningful, plus good timing for your work/life balance.

  17. angela@marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    That is so awesome and for a great cause too! I would love to run that some day 🙂

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