Chicago Marathon 2013 Planning

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Chicago Marathon 2013

I am one of the lucky crazy people that was able to get into the Chicago Marathon before the great server crash of 2013.  I tried to register, made it all the way to the payment page, put in my credit card number, closed my eyes and hit submit and then I went to lunch (it is never too early to start carb loading).  When I got back to my desk and looked at my browser I saw that it crashed.  I figured I would try again and couldn’t get the website to open.  After a few failed attempts to even open I told myself I would try after work.  A few hours later the news of the website crashing, failing, closing of registration, etc. started to trickle out.  I figured I would have to wait and see what was going to happen figuring like others that Chicago Marathon was going to lottery (it did a few days later).  One of my coworkers found the confirm your registration page and my name was on it!  Panic began to set in…. me the train when I feel like it runner was really signed up for the Chicago Marathon.  My running buddy that finally convinced me to sign up for Chicago she says “we aren’t getting any younger and this isn’t going to get any easier!” was also in!  My dad, not so much.

I like many runDisney fans am also a huge Jeff Galloway run/walk fan.  For me, his plans work well with my schedule, attention span, and motivation.  I adapted one of his plans that is available on the runDisney website to work for Chicago.  I know it is a long training schedule but I am a girl that needs structure, lots of structure.  Based off my math, I think training starts this week, eek!  Luckily the first few weeks aren’t challenging, just the structure I need to start wrapping my mind about 26.2 miles of running (that is further than my drive to the office).

After spectating the Chicago Marathon in 2011 (while in a stress fracture boot, now that is a story) volunteering at a water station in 2012 and spectating the 20th Anniversary of the Disney Marathon I can say I am truly inspired by everyone that completes a marathon and hope to say I completed my first (there might be a second in 2014) marathon 2013.

– Daughter #1

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2 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon 2013 Planning

  1. I wish you all the luck in the world. I’ve been running 2 marathons a year since 1988 and Chicago 2013 will be my 50th race. I’ve been doing Galloway since 2007 and wouldn’t do it any other way. I also have limited attrition span and time, only running 30 miles a week with a max long run of 16 miles but I can run a respectable 4:30 marathon w/o killing myself. Go to YouTube and search for Chicago marathon inspirational video. You will get psyched and motivated to train well this summer! Good luck and good running. – Bill from South Jersey

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