I finally realized that I cannot wait for the conditions to be perfect. They never will be. All I can do is get out there and do my very best. Give 100% of myself. If it works out, perfect. If not, well at least I tried, and I will not have any room for regret.
What on earth am I talking about? I have absolutely no idea. But I wanted to share something with you. Something that makes me certifiably crazy and completely alive at the same time.
I signed up for my first marathon!
My original plan was to run the Chicago Marathon in October, but I think it will be too crowded, and I do not do well in crowds, especially by myself. So I began searching for a smaller marathon that happens around the same time. If I plan it right, it will take place right in between our summer and fall jobs, giving us the travel and recovery time needed.
What I found was the Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles, Illinois. A beautiful course that winds along the river in a suburb of Chicago. They only allow 2,900 runners, so it will be quiet, and it is also ranked as a good race for first-timers because of the frequent aid stations, not to mention it is flat. I could not find a single bad review, so I signed myself up.
September 22, 2013
7 am (Ouch! I am not even sure this is legal…)
This is it. I am going to do it. My 35th birthday present to myself: a heart attack in the streets outside of Chicago. Sign me up. Oh wait, I already did!!!