16 Days Before Chicago

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With only 16 days until I run marathon #7, I have had many thoughts rolling around in my brain.  So I thought I would share a few!

What Have I Done?

I am not prepared to run this race and I have not yet met my fundraising goal.  In comparison to my Boston Marathon from last year, I am completely unprepared. This is the most unprepared I have felt, but I am making the best of the situation.  Running a longer run this weekend and hoping for 15 miles at a comfortable pace so that I can manage to get through this race in one piece!

I Can Do This!

With my most recent marathon in January with little prep as well, I know that the marathon is 50% mental and 50% physical.  I can keep my mental state in the right place to complete 26.2 miles.  When I stop and think about the reason for doing the Chicago Marathon – the Ronald McDonald House Charity – I am able to put all things into perspective.  I recall talking with a man during my last dinner prep at the Tampa RMHC House and how he makes the journey to Shriner’s from out of the country twice a year so that his daughter can have treatments for her neurological disease.  He leaves behind a wife and 4 other children to be with one child as she endures uncomfortable treatments.  The RMHC House allows him to have a comfortable place to sleep, a hot meal at night, and the peace of mind that he is never far from his daughter.  I Can Do This!

What Will I Do Next?

Well… I will probably wait a very long time before I run another marathon. The marathon is a hard distance.  It is a strain on my family while I train and a strain on my body that I need to take a break from.  I have one last bucket list marathon that I would like to run in the next 10 years – the New York City Marathon.  It will complete my tour of the World Majors that are held within the US. But for now, I will keep running the half marathon distance. I will loose some of the weight that my injured calf brought me last year post-Boston.  I will focus on my social media business.  I will embrace where I am and the hope I have for the future!

What Will You Do Next?

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