Wow! My first trip to Chicago for the famed marathon major is 10 days and 23 hours away. That starting gun… I can almost hear it.
I posted last year about a very inspiring and heartwarming documentary produced years ago. Spirit of the Marathon revolves around the progress of runners training and then eventually running the Chicago Marathon. I remember the first time I watched it a few years ago when I was really starting to get into running seriously. I hadn’t even run a marathon yet. This movie inspired me, and made running the a Chicago Marathon a big goal of mine.
I’ve watched the coverage online the past three years. I dreamed about being there one day. Now a lottery, I decided to throw my name in the hat this past April. Low and behold, about 10 days later, I received the confirmation email that I had gotten in. Really? Was I going to run Chicago? The dream was now reality. I quickly confirmed my registration and began making plans. I paid my registration fee, booked my flight and hotel.
I am running the Chicago Marathon on October 12th. It’s real!
I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to inspire my last few runs prior to the race than to watch this great movie again. If you haven’t ever seen it, you need to. Google it, find out where you can watch it. Hulu, YouTube, you can buy it, rent it. Just watch it! I’m going to use it as incredible inspiration and something to get the running juices flowing.
If you’ve seen the movie, feel free to share your thoughts. If you haven’t seen it yet, comment after you’ve watched it.