Later this afternoon I will complete my first training run for the 2018 Chicago Marathon. I’m incredibly excited about what lies ahead of me over the next 18 weeks as I prepare to run my second marathon.
In case you forgot or missed my announcement back in October, I will once again be running the Chicago Marathon with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. I’m incredibly excited about running with the team again, and doing so in memory of a childhood friend whose family greatly benefited from RMHC during her four year battle with cancer. You can read more about Tammy’s story, as well as how to donate to RMHC, by visiting my fundraising page.
As I learned last summer, marathon training during the hot and humid summer months is anything but easy. During her cancer treatments, Tammy refused to give up, and when training gets tough I will remind myself of why I’m running. Running last year’s Chicago Marathon with Team RMHC made the training and race day journeys incredibly meaningful, and I couldn’t think of a better way to take on my second marathon, by doing so the same way that I ran my first marathon.
Another challenge that I will face during this round of marathon training is training while away from home. We have a couple of trips planned for the summer, including a visit with my in-laws in New Jersey and my parents in Illinois. I will also be accompanying my husband on a work trip to Miami in August. While it is exciting to mix things up and run on my not usual routes, it will also require some extra planning to make sure that I can still get all of my training runs in while away and balancing my time with other activities.
Here’s to a great marathon training cycle, and being fully prepared for my second marathon in 18 weeks!
QOTD: What race(s) are you currently training for?
Thanks to Deb for hosting the Race Linkup. Be sure to check out her post for more race ideas.