I arrived home on Friday to this yummy cookie bouquet from my family with this oh so clever message...
I woke up Sunday morning at 5am, put my clothes on, layered up with clothes that I could toss at the start and headed out the door. I arrived at the race around 6:45am and it was still pretty dark. 45,000 runners making their way to their designated start corrals and racing to the bathroom one last time. Once I was in my corral I started to get excited and the anxiety began to subside. I can't even attempt to explain the energy and excitement you feel at the beginning of a marathon, especially when it takes place in the heart of Chicago. The sun came up around 7am and the city glistened. Before the race began we took a moment of silence in honor of the Boston Marathon. I was a little overwhelmed with emotions; sadness, excitement, honor, and pride for this great race and all of the people who help to make this possible and keep us safe.
Chicago in all of its beauty!
Thank you to all of my amazing supporters; family, friends, and clients. You all made me feel so supported and loved. Seeing all of you along the course and receiving your thoughtful text messages kept me moving through all 26.2 miles.
So excited to see the hubby! He rode around all morning tracking me. Still smilin' at mile 20.
1 mile left to go...movin' a little slower than before.
I am beyond thrilled that the marathon is complete. I achieved my goal of running the whole time and smiling through it all. One of the funniest posters I saw during the race said, "Running a marathon is 100% mental and you are all INSANE!" I have to say those last 6 miles are a mental battle. I kept telling myself make it to 20, then make it to 22, and so on. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Crossing the finish line felt amazing. I had enough energy to "sprint" (it felt like sprinting but was probably more of a quick jog) the last 400 meters.
Post race we celebrated with a giant burger, truffle fries, fried pickles, and topped it off with ice cream for dinner! I deserved it and it felt good. Now back to reality...
Workout Plan for the Week: Monday: Rest and long dog walks to shake out the legs. Tuesday Hot Vinyasa: Yoga and Stretch. Wednesday: Massage Thursday: Teach Bootcamp and Pilates Friday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga Saturday: 4 mile easy run.