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If you follow me on twitter, you may already know my exciting news. I’m running the Chicago marathon in October! Oh boy am I excited!! I’ve never run a marathon before, the longest I’ve ever run is 16 miles. But I’ve wanted to run a marathon since I started running in 5th grade. Yep a 5th grader who ran 2 miles a few days a week had this crazy thought in her head that she wanted to run a marathon one day. Yes, that crazy girl was me, and yes when I told people this in 5th grade they thought I was crazy.
It wasn’t until I got to watch the Boston marathon in 2009 that I really got the itch to run a marathon as I watched my idle Kara Goucher run to the finish. It was such an amazing experience just as a spectator to be in Boston for the marathon and it is one marathon that I really want to run one day! After that I knew it would be a while before I could run a marathon, since I had shorter college races that I wanted to compete in that I absolutely loved as well. Well, I’m all out of eligibility to compete in the NCAA and am in grad school now. I’ve been competing and working towards running goals since 5th grade. However, due to my class schedule of having classes Friday nights and Saturdays(It sounds good at first, not so much now), most track meets are Friday’s and Saturday’s and even most road races, so I’ve had few to pick from over the last few months, which is pretty disappointing, but there’s nothing I can do about that now!
So, I thought why not now? What’s holding me back from running a marathon? I needed and craved to work towards a specific race like I used too. So, about a month ago I entered the lottery to win a slot in the Chicago marathon. I had my expectations pretty low, considering I rarely win anything that is up to luck. So, I sat around on Monday, refreshing my email every 5 seconds. Over, and over and over again. They said they would send out acceptance and declined letters between 7am and 4pm. As 4pm approached I was loosing hope. Then at 3:30pm-ish I heard my email go off on my phone and jumped up and ran across the room. “Congratulations Amanda.” I basically jumped around SO happy for a while. You could not wipe that smile off my face if you tried! So, I will be training all summer to be running my very first marathon in Chicago in October!
What marathon advice do you have for me?
with running the race?
things to do and not to do?
All help is greatly appreciated!
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