One week to go until the Chicago Half Marathon. This is my “A” race for the year – the one that all the training has really been focused on. The one I’ve trained through this brutal Texas summer heat for. The one where I have set a really big goal.
Three years ago at my birthday dinner, I announced I wanted to run a half marathon before my next birthday to my family. That seems like yesterday and this Chicago Half will be my 7th.
My goal is 2 hours. That is crazy fast for me. But I trust in the training that Dana Lyons has provided; I trust in all the advice I have gained from my Finish Strong teammates; and I trust in my body and my mind to do what I am capable of. There is absolutely no doubt miles 8-12 are going to be hard, maybe even hurt a little. But I think races are just like life, the tough, painful times are there so that you can experience the joyful things with greater appreciation.
So my birthday present to myself is this half marathon – another beautiful experience I can live and remember for the rest of my life. Next post will be the results!!!!! #chicagohalfmarathonin2hours