Well, another hot and steamy Saturday here in Chicago… yet in spite of the heat, you were “out there”… doing your best to be your best on Marathon Day.
Which pretty much sums-up what marathon training is really all about.
Doing your best.
Okay, let’s be honest. You’re not going to win the marathon (gasp!), so you might
as well ‘enjoy the heck’ out of your training, and enjoy anticipating the (unimaginable) thrill of “running Chicago.”
Whether you’re training for your “first ever” marathon or your “tenth ever”... my wish for every Team RMHC runner is to enjoy the joy of having the good health to train for and run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
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 achieve our next goal. 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 in 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 9…
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 come October you can be standing at the ‘START’ with a confident and determined spirit, and with an able and healthy body.
But mostly (mostly!)... enjoy the joy of “just running.”
Train safe. Run strong.