Chicago Marathon!

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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 training?
with running the race?
things to do and not to do?
All help is greatly appreciated!


  1. Nicole T

    April 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Chicago Marathon is great! An amazing way to see the city.
    I ran it 5 yrs in a row – train slow and steady! Put in the miles. Rest and cross-train, too. I always followed Hal Higdon’s beginner marathon training program and it got me across the finish line each and every time. Good luck!

    • Amanda Lizz

      April 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you! and thank you for the advice! I’ll check that training program out 🙂

  2. Amanda

    September 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Hey! Just came across your blog through Simply Taralynn. Congrats on signing up! That is fantastic. My running goal is to run a half marathon by October 2015. I wondered if you have some advice for someone who doesn’t have as much running experience as you? I have run small 5km races and just completed a triathlon in August, but always have that voice that says YOU CAN’T…..any tips you have would be greatly appreciated. PS-love the blog so far 🙂 And in the name of movie quotes “Run Forest Run”! 😀

    • Amanda Lizz

      September 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Hello! 🙂 I think everyone has the voice inside their head that will say “you can’t.” Myself included. There are always some days where I just don’t want to get out the door. But always remember that the hardest part is getting out the door. Once you’re out for your run, if you’re having a bad day, I often just tell myself during my run “you can always run one more mile” and try to really focus on my music to get my mind off it. I also sign up for races well in advance, that way since I pay for it I will be more motivated to get out the door because I don’t want to waste the money. Also, I would print out a calendar of the months leading up to the race. Before your training starts make a schedule of how much you want to run daily, weekly, and what you want your workouts to be. It helps a lot to stay on a schedule! Hope that helps 🙂

  3. Amanda

    September 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Ya it really does help! I agree, getting out the door is probably the toughest part. Thanks so much for the advice 🙂 Glad I found a new blog to start reading too!

    • Amanda Lizz

      September 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Glad to have you along! If you have any other questions don’t be afraid to ask 🙂