Chicago Marathon Weekend is One Week Away!

One week from today, I will be on my way to Chicago where I will run my second marathon.  With only 9 days to go until the big race, I am feeling a multitude of different feelings, including happiness, excitement, and nervousness.

Part of why I’m incredibly excited is because Chicago Marathon weekend will not just be about running the race but will also be a weekend filled with family time.  In addition to my husband and son joining me in Chicago for the weekend, my parents and sister are also joining us as well.  We’re all excited about spending the long weekend together.

Some of what I’m most looking forward to next weekend includes:

1.  Spending Friday afternoon at the expo.  Most people either love or hate expos, and I’m one of those who loves them.  I always enjoy soaking in the excitement of race weekend that can be felt throughout the entire expo, browsing the merchandise that the vendors bring in, and most importantly, officially kicking off race weekend.

At last year’s expo

2.  Representing Team RMHC.  When I considered signing up for my second marathon, specifically Chicago, I didn’t think about signing up any other way than by once again joining Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  I’m incredibly honored to represent this amazing organization for the second year in a row.  If this year’s Chicago experience is anything like last year’s was, then running with the team will make my second marathon an incredibly meaningful one.  And although I have reached my initial fundraising goal, you can still make a donation to RMHC on my fundraising page.

I’m excited to run Chicago with Team RMHC for the second year in a row.

3.  Celebrating my sister’s birthday.  Next Saturday is my sister’s birthday and the entire family is looking forward to celebrating her special day together.

4.  Seeing “Hamilton”.  Several months ago my dad asked if any of us wanted to see “Hamilton” while we are in Chicago for the weekend.  Ummmm, yes please!  We have tickets to the matinee on Saturday, and I am looking forward to seeing the musical while also resting up for the big race.

5.  Running my second marathon, which is the main reason that my entire family is headed to Chicago.  I’m excited yet also nervous about how the race will go.  And like I usually do, I have three goals for the race:

Goal A: Finish the race in under 5:08:04 (11:45 pace) – Given how my training has gone I think that running an 11:45 pace would mean that I feel great on race day, that my body is able to take full advantage of Chicago’s flat course, and that overall, the stars align for me to be able to run a strong race.

Goal B: Finish the race in under 5:14:38 (12:00 pace) – During most of my recent long runs I’ve been averaging a 12 minute pace, so reaching this goal would be very consistent with my performance during recent long runs.

Goal C: Finish the race in under 5:23:35 (12:31 pace) – This was my finish time last year and my main goal at this year’s race is to PR.

Just 0.2 miles away from crossing the finish line of my first marathon.

The final countdown to Chicago is on, and I only have a couple of more runs to complete before race day.  Just 9 days to go until I run my second marathon!  As I always do, I’ll be taking tons of pictures thoughout the entire weekend, so be sure to follow along on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  I’ll be using the same hashtag that I did last year and that I have throughout my entire training journey this year, #KathrynRunsChicago.

QOTD: If you’ll be running Chicago, what are you most looking forward to about race weekend?

I’m linking up for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup.  Many thanks to the wonderful ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for hosting!

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29 Responses to Chicago Marathon Weekend is One Week Away!

  1. Getting excited for you!

  2. Virjinia says:

    So exiting! This will be my second marathon too. Way to get tickets for Hamilton. That’s an awesome way to relax before the race. Good luck! You’ll be able to make your goals for sure!

  3. I have been following your training and I think you will definitely be hitting some goals for your upcoming marathon! So exciting! Depending on the expo, they can be good, and Chicago’s did not disappoint.

  4. Lesley says:

    Good luck! I’m going to watch the marathon on replay since that’s my race day too. Sounds like you’ve got a great weekend planned.

  5. Darlene says:

    I would LOVE to see Hamilton. The Tix SSS are so out of line in NYC.

    So excited for your marathon. You will do great!!

    I love expos. But Montreal’s was disappointing.

  6. Oh man, how awesome that you’re seeing Hamilton Saturday afternoon! What a perfect way to spend (part of) the day before the race! It is is truly a masterpiece. I hope you love it!

  7. This is exciting! I hope the stars do align and all goes well 😉 Enjoy!!

  8. kookyrunner says:

    So exciting that it’s only a little over a week away – Good luck!!

  9. says:

    I can’t wait to hear about Hamilton 🙂 So excited for you about the race, you are going to do great!!

  10. Coco says:

    Oh my gosh, Hamilton will have you so pumped and ready for a great race. You’ve got this!!

  11. So jelly that you are going to see Hamilton! Great way to spend time before the race. Enjoy the Chicago countdown – you’re going to do great!

  12. Yahoo for race week! You have put in all the hard work! I hope you have an amazing time with your family and that the race goes really well!!

  13. Liz Dexter says:

    Three great goals and I wish you masses of luck with the day. Have a good last week – this time next week you’ll have done it! Whee! This is one that’s on my list so I’ll look forward to reading the race report. Go go go!

  14. Farrah says:

    I’d love to see Hamilton someday! That’s awesome that you got tickets!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  15. Cari says:

    Good luck! Some folks used today’s 10M as their final long run for Chicago. That coupled with it having been a while since a major NYRR race meant the kumbayah was strong today. Enjoy Hamilton, it’s amazing!

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