I've had a secret since shortly after coming home from Florida in January, and I've been dying to write about it--but I wanted to wait until it was 100% for sure going to happen before I said anything. My Ragnar teammate, Andrea, and I spent an extra day together in Miami before we headed home from Florida--and in conversation, she mentioned that she would like to run a marathon one day.
At the time, I thought our houses were much closer than they are, and I figured I could drive down there (Kansas City) to cheer her on and see her finish her first marathon. When I got home, I saw that we actually live 11 hours apart, which is a bit of a drive!
She (jokingly) suggested that I run a marathon with her, but I'm retired from marathons, remember? So I looked for marathons that were about the same distance from each of us, and what do you know?! CHICAGO was the perfect halfway point!
So I did what any retired marathon runner would do, and I agreed to run the Chicago Marathon with her in October. ;)
To everyone who would like to say "I told you so!"? Touché. ;)
When registration opened, we both tried signing up right at noon (I was at the dentist office, waiting for my kids to get their teeth cleaned, so I was using my phone for internet). The server was down, which was irritating. I figured that after the initial rush of people trying to register, it would be back up, but I still kept refreshing the page with my uber-slow connection.
A couple of times, I even got as far as typing everything in, but then when I clicked to go to the next page of registration, I got an error message. I was really frustrated, and thought about just waiting until I got home to use my actual computer, but since I wasn't doing anything anyway, I kept at it. Finally, I put in my payment, clicked "submit" and... error.
I was afraid to get charged multiple times, so I went to my bank's website, and the money had been deducted... so I figured I was in! Even though I didn't get a confirmation. Meanwhile, I was texting Andrea, to see if she got in, and she hadn't yet. She worked on it a little longer, and finally, SHE got the confirmation.
We later found out that shortly after we both registered, the race had to close down the registration until further notice, because of the huge mess that had occurred with everyone trying to register at once. Andrea and I were very lucky to have gotten in when we did! To sum up a very long story, there were 15,000 spots left open, so they ended up having a lottery for those spots--and 30,000+ people entered the lottery!
I'm excited about this race--I'm not running to PR, but to run with Andrea while she completes her first marathon! We'll go at her pace, and enjoy scenic Chicago together.Then we'll spend all of our activity PointsPlus on some pizza, of course.
Anyway, on to Motivational Monday! I had a very, very crappy eating day yesterday--I didn't binge, but I was snacking all day long when I wasn't even hungry. I used 63 PP yesterday, most of it on random snacky junk. Today, I made a meal plan and stuck to it, and ate very healthy all day. I'm going to do the same tomorrow, and hopefully all this crap won't show up on the scale Wednesday. This morning, I definitely needed some motivation, and you all certainly delivered!
Kimberly PR'ed a 5K race... AFTER doing a 35-floor stair climb race the day before! That hurts my legs just thinking about it.
Amber set a new distance record on her stationary bike--her previous record was 13.1, but she biked 14 miles one day, and even farther the next day!
Natalie completed her very first race--the Disney Princess Half-Marathon! She's lost 68 pounds since August, and her goal for this race was to finish under 3:30--and she did it! She finished in 3:24. Here she is holding her very first medal:
After losing 27 pounds, Jennifer completed her first 5K race! She even took a wrong turn during the race, but didn't let that discourage her--she felt so good when she was done that she plans to run a 10K soon :)
Katie and her running partner both set personal records in a St. Patty's Day 5K! They both just started running only six weeks ago--amazing!
Ang completed her 15th race in 15 months... but this one was special because she did it with her two sons (11 and 7 years old). They did the one-mile fun run at the boys' school. (You can read about it on her blog here).
Lorrie has been biking to work for 10 months now, and has reached a milestone of losing over 107 pounds in the past couple of years!
Z was getting frustrated with the scale not budging, but when she took her measurements, she saw that she'd actually gone down quite a bit!
Allison got back to running this week after having to take some time off due to bronchitis. She worried that taking time off was going to make her gain weight, but she said she learned to listen to her body and recover from the bronchitis. She was glad to get back to running this week, though!
Amy has two things to celebrate this week--she ran a 5K race 13 minutes faster than she did at the same race last year; AND she reached a milestone of 50-lbs lost!
And as usual, Facebook never fails to inspire me when I read all of your accomplishments! Here is a snippet from today:
whole Facebook post for more motivation and ideas!