Monday, October 1, 2012
The one thing that is brutal about marathons, well atleast the Chicago Marathon is that you have to register so far in advance! I signed up in February and it felt like Marathon Day was forever away and yet here we are in marathon week... woah...
I received a text from my friend Sabrina this morning saying, "It's marathon week!!! How r u feeling??" and I just got the official email from Bank of America talking about Marathon week. So it has really been on my mind today! I honestly don't know what to tell people when they ask me if I am ready, how I'm feeling, etc. I am a complete mixture of emotions! My first marathon was pure excitement with the slightest bit of uncertainty, would I be able to conquer this challenge? After the first marathon it was just about running it for the fun of it, never really focusing on time, but more on the people I was running it with and they were great experiences!!
This year though is totally different though, I'm beyond nervous... Maybe it's because I am running it for Team Salute and don't want to disappoint them... Maybe it's because I am a Cross Country coach this year so I have 18 girls interested in how I am going to do... Maybe it's because I have been knee pain free for a little over a year and don't want to re-injur it... Maybe it's because I put more emphasis on strength and conditioning than running 6 times a week... But whatever the reason is, I'm nervous!
But even with being nervous I'm also excited! Excited to feel the energy of the crowd! Excited to accomplish this milestone! Excited to give back to the men and women who give so much to this country! Excited to just be there at the starting line!
Bring it on! And as my Cross Country team says, "May the course be with you!"