If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I signed up for the 2018 Chicago Marathon on behalf of Team Imerman Angels (an amazing organization, learn more about it here). I knew I wanted to challenge myself in 2018, to achieve something I never thought I would attempt. If you were to ask anyone from my childhood or teen years, they would probably laugh at the idea that I would attempt a 26.2 mile race. I used to hate running, and I used to be the last person to cross the line, I was fondly known as “the caboose”.
I’m still pretty slow (nothing wrong with that) but I don’t hate running anymore. I love it. From the moment I could feel the wind on my post chemo peach fuzz, I’ve been hitting the pavement. They say cancer is a full time job, they also say that about marathon training. I’m ready for an extracurricular career change, which led me to sign up for Chicago.
The main office of the company I work for is in Chicago, so I knew I would have several friends to help cheer me on. I also liked the idea of running with an organization I had personally used. So I signed up for the CrowdRise and off I went to fundraise! I’m only $475 away from goal, so please please consider donating here. I even hired a coach (who is AMAZING) to help me train towards this goal.
I get it, you’re wondering what this has to do with NYC. Well. I’m not running Chicago (Oct 8) anymore. I’m running NYC (Nov 4) instead! I am super thankful to New Balance for giving me the opportunity to run NYC, and to have been introduced to such a great company (NB Lace Up for the Cure line is here – check it out).
Soooo yea, bit of a change of plans. My fundraising goal has now shifted to raise funds for Team IA running NYC (a promise is a promise!) and possibly may go to Chicago to cheer everyone on. But I had to be honest with myself, and I simply could not fathom running two marathons in two months (2019 goal perhaps?!) and so I have decided to accept the opportunity to run NYC. There’s a little more to my marathon story but all shall be revealed in time!
I am so excited for this opportunity. Think Jessie-Spano-in-Saved-by-the-Bell-on-caffeine-pills excited (which is also pretty nervous). Onwards!