I signed up for the 2018 Chicago Marathon! I will be running to raise money for Girls on the Run and I also feel like I am going to throw up. It’s not because this is my first marathon. I ran my first one 5 years ago when I was 26 and 2 months. For all my non-running nerds out there that’s 26.2 miles- the distance of a marathon.
After that race, I said I would never do it again. So I lied. When I signed up for the lottery, I said I won’t do it if I don’t get picked. So when I didn’t get picked, I was like this is a sign.
But the universe has different plans for me, and here I am signing up to raise money. Honestly, we can all change our mind and every year I watch the marathon, but this year is the first where I am like I should do this.
In the past year, running has helped me out of some dark places that I never thought I would get out of. It's helped me to tell my story, and has been a part of my healing process. Running has stuck around when not everything has, and I am forever grateful for running, my family, and my friends. Most stuck with me when I didn't always want to stick with me.
So why do what seems to be the impossible? Because I can.