If you’ve been here before, you probably know that I’m training for the Chicago Marathon. It’s taken over a large swath of my free time and I know I talk (and write) about it quite a bit. Well, as I write this, I’m currently in Chicago and it’s made me reflect on why I’m excited to race Chicago. Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating!
- Home away from home. Over the past few months, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Chicago for work. I’ve grown to love Chicago and love running in the city and I’m so excited to run a marathon in a city that feels like a home away from home.
- Running for Charity. I shared more in this post, but I’m running for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. I’ve never raced for charity before and knowing that my race is helping an amazing organization help families just makes me so much more excited! If you’d like to support my fundraising, you can do so at this link. Thank you!
- The blue line. The Chicago Marathon has a dotted blue line on the course that indicates the shortest possible, most exact route. I’m super excited to try and follow that as closely as I can. No running nearly 27 miles for me! Just 26.2 for this gal. 😉
- New neighborhoods. I mentioned that Chicago is starting to feel like home? Well, nothing says home like exploring a new found place on foot. While I run in Chicago quite frequently, there are SO MANY neighborhoods I never explore while there. I’m excited to run through them all in October. I’ve heard that Boystown in particular is insane on race day!
- Fast and flat. Need I say more??
Have you run Chicago? What else should I be looking forward to?