What a beautiful long-run weekend here in Chicago… with so many runners on the path, and so many runners looking so pleased (and proud!) that they were “out there” training—so they could do their best and be their best on October 10.
Which pretty much sums-up what marathon training ought to be about.
Okay. Let’s be honest. There’s a really good chance that none of us are actually going to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (gasp!), so you might as well ‘enjoy the heck’
out of your training, and enjoy anticipating the unimaginable thrill of “running Chicago”
on Marathon Day.
To that end… whether you’re training for your “first ever” marathon or your “tenth ever”—my wish for every Team RMHC runner is to just have a GREAT time.
And I'm not talking about the 'time' on your watch… I'm talking about having a "great time.” Period.
Marathoners are, by nature, a rather competitive bunch. (Or haven't you noticed?)
Which is a good thing, as it keeps us always moving forward and always striving to do and be our best. But at the same time, being (too) competitive can be a not good thing... as we get so serious about our pace and our times that we often miss-out on the simple joy of "just running."
We're now starting the really long 'long-run' stage of marathon training—all the more reason to run with your shoulders back and your head up, and with a smile on your face (and in your heart!) because of what you're going to achieve on October 10…
YOU'RE GOING TO RUN THE CHICAGO MARATHON!
(And besides, running “with your shoulders back and your head up” is just good running form!)
Until then, keep doing all you can, the best you can… and have a safe (read: “injury-free”) training experience, so that on Marathon Day you can be standing at the ‘START’ with a confident and determined spirit, and with an able and healthy body.
But mostly (mostly!), every time you’re out there… enjoy the joy of “just running.”
Train safe. Run strong.