BENEFITING: American Red Cross
ORGANIZER: American Red Cross Chicago Chapter
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
I'm running the Chicago Marathon because.....wait, reread that.
I'm running the Chicago Marathon! WHAT? Wow, it hardly seems possible. 26.2 miles has been a goal for me for a long time (well since I ran cross-country for the Crown Point Lady Bulldogs and was not very good by the way) and let's face it, I'm not getting any younger. In particular this is MY year because (on top of the not getting any younger part) I live and run in the Boston area and my "maybe next year?" mentality was shaken after the events at the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. How quickly life can change for us all and how lucky I am to even be ABLE to lace UP for a marathon! When I saw Team Red Cross had spots for runners, I knew that was the Team for me. Who hasn't been touched by Red Cross in recent years? Please support my goal of 26.2 miles through one of America's best cites. (I'm biased, I know.) If not for me & my awesomeness - for the Red Cross & theirs.
My thoughts about distance running have changed pretty significantly since I started training hard. I can tell you one thing without hesitation, running isn't about feeling all puffed up and proud and showing the world what you can do. It's about showing yourself what you can do. It's a crazy somewhat lonely struggle filled with shocking pain, soaring highs, and heavenly sugary-grapey-drinks. It's a lot like life, only with more blood and blisters.
Is a marathon a lofty goal at 45? I don't know. I'm not SO old. My friends have asked me "Why do you run?" "Aren't you bored?" I have tried to think of some answers, but there are many more as the miles add up.
Some days I run because I know it is good for my heart and my lungs and my skin.
Some days I run because I want to be a good role model for my daughter (and sons)
Some days I run because I like to eat crème brûlée.
And some days I run because I like to drink bourbon.
Some days I run because it gives me time to be inside my head and take inventory of my thoughts, it's not always pleasant to be in there you know, but it's necessary.
Some days I run because I'm mad at the world and others because I'm in love with it.
Most days I'm in love with it.
Thanks so much for any support you can offer!