Just a little bit ago, I registered Aaron and myself for….
THE BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON!
This will be my first ever marathon, and I am way more excited than any rational person should be to earn my 26.2 bumper sticker!
It will also be Aaron’s first marathon…sort of. He’s technically run three 26.2 distance races… but they were part of Ironman Triathlons. He’s never done just a regular, old, boring marathon.
Registration opened up at noon CST and the race is notorious for filing up within a few weeks of opening. Unlike other popular races like the New York Marathon and the Nike Women’s Marathon that have a lottery process, or The Boston Marathon that has really competitive qualifying times, the Chicago Marathon is open on a first come first serve basis. We didn’t want to take any chances so I was ready to go at as the clock changed! (Years of being a loyal Southwest Airlines customer has made me very good at this).
I’ve also already made our hotel reservations. According to the facebook page, there are other big events going on that same weekend and the last thing I want is for Aaron and me to be sleeping on the streets of Chicago before the race.
We also qualify for “seeded” corrals which is the most exciting news of my week. Basically, you can qualify for corrals A-D based on recent marathon or half marathon times (Aaron qualifies for B, I qualify for C, Olympic Gold Medalists qualify for A). The people who don’t qualify for A-D are bunched into the general populus to start. After running a few races, I really value the importance of good corral placement! This race is so huge, so not having to fight my through 40,000 other people sounds pretty nice.
So, starting sometime in May we’ll probably get going on a “base” reload followed by marathon training. I’m ready to make this jump AND help cross off THREE items from my bucket list (run a marathon, visit a new state, and compete in a race every month).
In addition to having a good finishing time, my other goal for this marathon is to NOT give birth immediately after. This is an important one. Though, after shelling out the entry fee, I don’t judge her for wanting to go through with it. No refunds or transfers, even if you are 9 months pregnant.