It is that experience that I hope to replicate on Sunday as I go for my Personal Record of 2:59 in the Chicago Marathon.
I went out for the varsity team in 8th grade and quickly discovered this gift for running. Running became a part of many aspects of my life and still is today – how I eat, exercise, organize my day, sleeping, friendships, personal reflection, and on and on. After competing through high school and college, I took some time off only to discover that the habits I formed still reflected the runner in me. I started running for fun and set a target of running my first Twin Cities Marathon in 2002. I trained with my dad and we completed not only the 2002 TCM, but also the 2003, 2004, and 2005 together. Another habit formed…I have completed 10 TCMs only taking off 2007, 2009, 2011 for the birth of my three children. Throw in a couple Bostons, a Grandmas, and Mankato, and now I’m staring down my 15th marathon this coming weekend in Chicago!
Running is a balance of having fun but also challenging my limits. When I started working with Coach Ron, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to throw off that balance. However, I’m not getting any younger and my marathon PR of 3:04 is so dang close to sub 3:00! I wanted to go for it and needed some help to bump me to that level. Over the past 6 months I’ve been working with Coach Ron and am ready to go for a PR of 2:59 on Sunday in Chicago. The pace will be challenging my limits, but I’ll also be reflecting on the fun I’ve had along the way to get there. Coach Ron has prepared me well and just as importantly I’ve met some great people with a similar love for running through the weekly workouts.
Let’s do this!