Good morning! I just wanted to provide a quick update to the weekend’s events.
I made it to the start line yesterday for the Chicago Marathon, made my way through 26.2 miles (dear Chicago, your course was not as “flat” as you led me to believe!), and I crossed the finish line, so I am an official marathon finisher!!!
I’m also in a severe amount of pain. Oh my goodness. I truthfully didn’t think I would hurt this bad! And I had severe stomach distress all yesterday too, so I was basically a post marathon disaster.
BUT…I consider this all worth it because…
I QUALIFIED FOR BOSTON!!!
I’ll write a proper recap one of these days, but I basically decided after being on track at the 10K point to go for a 3:30 finish time, and even though I didn’t hit that, I came in at 3:33:55!
By the time I got around to registering for Boston, it was full, so I won’t be there in 2013, but I fully intend to get my unicorn jacket at the 2014 race!
Also, our phones don’t like Chicago. We don’t get service anywhere (we have different providers too). It is taking me about 10 tries to get anything posted (frustrating when you want to share with the world your marathon time).
I am getting all of your sweet comments and tweets and facebook messages, but responding to them isn’t working so well. I promise to respond as soon as I get back home! But thank you so much for encouraging me, and for believing in me! I am truly blown away and humbled that people across the world were cheering for me!
And of course a huge thank you to Coach Aaron, my parents, and my in-laws who are always my biggest cheerleaders and supporters even when I say something as ridiculous as wanting to BQ on my first try. I have never heard the word “impossible” from any of them, and for that I am thankful!
So, I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Congratulations to all of the racers this weekend, especially my Chicago peeps! We did it!