My thoughts on not running Chicago in 2018

I’ll have to be honest that I sat around most of the day waiting to hear if I got into the 2018 Chicago Marathon.  After finishing 2017, I told everyone that I was retiring from marathons.  It’s been hard on the body, the mind, and the training was timely.  I could barely walk after the race and my knees were just fed up.  Crossing the finish line was a lot of work and the way I trained was just not right for me.  Don’t even get me started on what happened in 2016!  The support I had was immense as is common in the running community.  I needed to prove something to myself to do better than I did.  That’s primarily why I opted in to the 2018 lottery.

I woke up to many friends excited about getting in and as I watched the social media posts throughout the day, I was optimistic that I’d be toeing the line with them.  Then around 2:30pm, I got this…

2018 Marathon.jpg

At first, I felt like I got punched in the stomach and talked to a few friends and then immediately posted my disappointment on social media.  Taking a step back, I looked at the big picture .  I never thought I’d attempt to be a runner, let alone a marathon and was fortunate enough to run the Chicago Marathon twice.  I made some incredible running friends and felt like I was taking away their joy of getting in.  Reality and what is important should be my main focus.

So, where am I going with all of this?  2018 will be my year of taking my training seriously.  My goals:

  • Hire a running coach
  • PR my 5K
  • PR my half marathon
  • Run a 50 miler trail race
  • Travel a little more to destination races
  • Meet more running friends
  • Volunteer and/or support my friends at next years marathon



6 Comments on “My thoughts on not running Chicago in 2018

  1. Well put. Volunteering and cheering on friends is the next best thing to running it, some would even argue it’s better. I ran Chicago the past 2 years as well, but I chose not to in 2018. I’m shooting for NYC. Maybe I will be one of the runners you meet in 2018 🙌

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