Here we are, week 16 of training for the Chicago Marathon. In less than a week 45,000 runners will toe that starting line of a 26.2 mile journey through the Windy City. We’ve all been checking the weather reports religiously (obsessively) for the past week and it seems as though the weather keeps changing as much as our emotions. We’re nervous, excited, anxious, determined, but most of all we’re ready. Ready to tackle those dream-big goals. Ready to see what these 16 weeks have made us become. Ready to see how strong we are. Ready to see how brave we are.
I know I won’t be the only one standing on that starting line with sweaty palms, forcing the self-doubt out of my mind – I know I’ll be joined by 44,999 other runners battling the same doubts. But we’ve done the training. The 5 a.m. wake-ups. The 90 degree training runs. The endless 800m repeats, long runs, and easy recovery runs. The work is done, now it’s time to see what we’re made of.
Have a great race. I did the 2009 Chicago Marathon and it’s still my favorite marathon ever. The feeling at the start was electric (huge crowd). The course was packed with cheering Chicagoans and the route was flat and made you feel like you were running through the heart of the city. The only wildcard is the weather… and that you can’t control (just prepare and hope for the best). Enjoy!
I’m not running Chicago but I am running my second half marathon (Valley Harvest Marathon in Nova Scotia) and can’t wait to see what the last 12 weeks of training will do for me.
Good luck and enjoy it!
Good luck and have a blast!
Finally had a chance to catch up on your blog! Best of luck to you this weekend!!! :)