It’s happening: My big announcement

Thanks for sticking around to hear my big race announcement that I hinted at last week. I didn’t want to announce my news back then for fear of jinxing myself yet again. I hadn’t met with my coach yet and, well, you know. But now I’m ready to share.

So, my news:

Im training to run the Chicago Marathon after all!

overjoyed oprah - alsoranagain

It’s official. I met recently with my coach, Kris, and she put together a simple, relatively conservative plan that will get me from 9-mile long runs to 26.2 on race day in fewer than 12 weeks. The caveats, per Kris:

  1. I have to understand that this is not the kind of plan with which I can try to PR or BQ.
  2. I need to run Chicago with the goal of finishing, only.
  3. I must accept that I could end up injured. (Womp womp.)

Even when it’s not your first or second, running a marathon with a 12-week training cycle is risky if you don’t have a proper foundation. My foundation? Not proper. I’ve been running about 12-16 miles per week for about one month. But I accept all of the above conditions, and I’m ready to go.

My flights have been locked in.

My airbnb has been booked (yay, Wicker Park!).

October 2013, the Girl and the Goat: The last time I ate my way across Chicago.

October 2013, the Girl and the Goat: The last time I ate my way across Chicago.

Dinner reservations have been made here and here.

And I am coming for YOU, Corral C!

Visualizing the finish line.

Visualizing the finish line.

Are you running a fall marathon? Which one? If you’re running the Chicago Marathon this year, how far are you into your training? What’s the shortest training cycle you’ve completed before running a marathon?

17 thoughts on “It’s happening: My big announcement

  1. Oh my gosh, that Oprah picture made me LOL! I am so excited for you. I think a no-pressure not-goal-race marathon is just what the doctor ordered! Can’t wait to follow along as you prepare.

  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Whoo hooo!! Awesome!! I’ll be running MCM in October! I need to run Chicago sometime soon!!

  3. Congrats!!!! I LOVED a Chicago! I’m running Baystate this year in the fall. I’m crossing my paws for the elusive BQ. I might have a better chance of seeing a unicorn, but I’m going for it! 🙂 Good luck!

  4. YAY!!! I’m so excited to hear this, Molly! You’re going to be just fine as long as you stick with your realistic plan (I can only imagine how easy it would be to get distracted by the big city and shiny medals); I’m just glad you’re up and running (literally!) again. It’s so exciting! I can’t wait to live vicariously!!! 😉

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