Today I hit 1,000 miles for the year! When I started this journey 11 months, ago, I thought I would be pretty much done after hitting my goal of running the Chicago Marathon. But I have decided to keep on going. I am actually looking at races in the spring and also put my name in the lottery for the Chicago Marathon for next year. If I don’t make the lottery, I will probably try doing a charity run again with Team Challenge and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
Saturday morning, I had the opportunity to run a Veteran’s Day Half Marathon. It was a special day for me. I wasn’t going out for any personal records. The temperature was a balmy 20 degrees with a 5 degree wind chill. The course started in a small town and went out into corn fields. The wind was whipping pretty good could feel that 5 degree wind chill good.
The reason it was special to me was three weeks ago, one of my daughters said that she would like to run it with me. She has never run a race in her life so I gave her a short plan to ‘train.’ She had just come off soccer season so she was in pretty good shape. We took it slow and steady, walked about 7 times during the 13.1 miles. It was a lot slower time than I normally run, but I would do it any day of the week to have that time with her and building memories with her before she leaves for college next fall.
My Crohn’s is still staying in check with the symptoms and am convinced that the exercise is helping.
As I look to 2019, I am going to keep on moving. What are your favorite half marathons or full marathons to look at in the midwest (IN, IL, MI, OH)?