February 6, 2011
It’s Official, My Journey towards The 2011 Chicago Marathon Begins!
I first have to say that I have the kindest, most hard working, Best Husband there is!!
Well, at least I am officially registered! I won’t start training specifically for it until like June. However, I have been dreaming of running that race since I started marathoning 7 years ago!
As of now, I am in my 30’s and have done 6 marathons:
Newport (on the OR coast), 2 Portland Marathons, Houston, the 2009 Boston Marathon, and the Eugene Marathon. I have 2 favorites: the Houston Marathon – was a flat and fast course and fun running through the great city of Houston, TX – it also helps I had such a great time there that I qualified for Boston! Of course, my other favorite is…the Boston Marathon!
So, why am I so excited about Chicago?
Well, I am actually from that area. I was born in a suburb of Chicago and grew the first 12 years of life over there. I have relatives there that my family spent a lot of time with when I was growing up so this will be a special and fun homecoming for me!
Secondly, I really want to qualify for Boston again. I enjoyed being able to run the Boston Marathon so much – it was another race that I dreamt of running for years before finally getting to do it. So, I want to run Chicago with the first goal of having fun and enjoying the whole Chicago Marathon experience and 2nd goal is to run smart, relaxed, and have such a great race I qualify again for Boston with a time goal of 3:30. My marathon PR is a 3:35 from Houston- I WOULD LOVE to do that in Chicago!!!
Right now, I am trying to make a bit of a comeback in my running.
So, this time goal and Boston goal is a bit of a mountain for me, but I’ve been there before. Before I qualified for Boston, my best marathon time was a 4:10. So, I believe I can do it again and better! Even if it’s not at Chicago.
The past 4yrs have been a whirlwind for myself, husband & family and that has impacted my running. Here’s a brief history: 4 yrs ago we moved to Tomball, TX for a new job for my husband. We had baby # 4 born there and bought our 1st home. Lived there for a year. Moved to South Florida for new job in construction industry for husband- the one in TX didn’t work out. We lived there for 4 months. Construction industry was tanking there because of economy. Job didn’t work out. Moved back to Oregon in the fall of ’08. Lived at my parents house (very thankful for them) while my husband got situated in his new job – he’s going on 2 yrs now w/this position. Last March in 2010 we got to move to our new place in Philomath, Oregon.
All the moves were very hard on the fam and me. I’ve experienced firsthand how hard it is to run and train through heartache. I lost some of the fitness that I gained while preparing for Houston and Boston. I’m working towards getting back to that level again- which explains why I’m excited to get ready for Chicago!
So, I am a stay at home mom of 4 kids and running and training for races is one of those things in life that helps to keep me sane and happy. Also working towards challenging goals helps me to realize that I can take on other mountains in my life – like going back to school and becoming a teacher- but that’s for another blog!
Please feel free to leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you about any of your experiences or training tips!