Tomorrow, Sunday October 12th at 8AM (CST) I will be starting my first marathon. I am beyond excited, I have heard the Chicago Marathon course is great and fun, with spectators lining the streets the entire way.
I never thought I would ever race this distance. Whenever I watched any marathon on TV I was baffled and amazed people were able to run 26.2 miles. It sounded crazy…why?! Now, after only two years of running, I am one of those crazy people.
This morning, after running 2 shake-out miles, I drove to the expo and I got there right when it opened. No lines, no wait for anything. Easy, breezy. I grabbed my packet and bag. Bought a couple of items I was planning on getting, Saucony gloves and socks and an official Nike black Chicago Marathon jacket, which I love.
I then headed up to Ale Syndicate for Crush Multisport’s Kona viewing party. It was a relaxing day, chatting about running and triathlon, consuming coffee and bagels. Not to mention the inspiration all the athletes racing Kona give me before I embark on my journey.
Goals for tomorrow: Take it all in. I want to enjoy the experience and I have a feeling I will be smiling a lot! I have a lot of friends that are going to be spectating as well as my mom and dad and sister. I am so excited to see them. I will be taking it out conservatively and I really do not have any time goal.
Weather looks good and it should be a fun day. I will be looking forward to lunch afterwards! Good luck to all the other runners. It is time for us to #ownchicago!