Running a marathon, to me, has always been one of those super intimidating (but AWESOME) things that I really wanted to do, but never knew if I'd actually accomplish.
I started running purely for fitness and weight management, and at first couldn't even stand a mile on the treadmill!
When I ran my first half marathon (then went home and signed up for my second...) it seemed a little more likely that I'd go the distance someday.
I mean, I had just run half of it, right? Well, yeah but my legs were literally bricks and I just wanted a nap and a Starbucks. I remember what got me through my half: thinking of friends, family, and those who inspired me, and running for them.
I'm super excited that I've chosen my first marathon and committed! I'll be running the Chicago Marathon in October of 2014 for the Girls On The Run SoleMates team, and I couldn't think of a cooler inspiration to keep running.
The Chicago Marathon is a lottery marathon, meaning everyone who wants to run "enters" between certain dates and the lucky ones get to run the race. However, I'm running the race for an incredible charity, meaning I get a reserved spot!
Girls On The Run is a non-profit organization that inspires girls to be confident, healthy, happy, and active by teaching them a curriculum based in healthy living and training them to run a 5K.
When I imagine how huge it would have been for my middle-school self, out of shape and lacking in self-confidence, to have the opportunity to accomplish something like my first 5K, I fully realize how important everything GOTR does is.
I believe in Girls On The Run and what they do. I've committed to raising $1,000 for GOTR and hope you can help me!