Monday, April 13, 2009

Running the Chicago Marathon -- October 11, 2009

Yep! I'm running the Chicago Marathon this October. My sister and I are both runners and we've each toyed with the the idea of running a marathon at some point in our lives. So, while we were exploring Santa Fe together last month we looked at each other and said, "Hey, let's do this thing and let's do it together."

So, there it is. For better or worse, we're in this thing and I think both of us are experiencing all kinds of emotions and least I am! The sheer weight of running 26 miles hit me when I went for a long 7 mile run in Santa Fe last month. I'm running around and thinking about how great the run was feeling and then it hit me...whoa, I would have to do that run an additional 2+ times and then add five more miles on top of it. EEK!

But, I embrace the challenge and expect to find all kinds of spiritual and physical epiphanies along the training and race roads. It is an incredible opportunity to meditate on what I can accomplish with this body and mind of mine. Last, I am reminded of Sister Madonna, a 76-year-old Catholic nun who has participated in more triathlons and marathons than most people combined. She's been in the back of my mind ever since I saw her interviewed on TV several years ago. Her sage advice is this: she says that whenever she hits tough spots in her runs, she begins to meditate upon her steps, focusing on making "every step pleasing." She's truly inspirational, and I have a hunch that my thoughts will gravitate towards her philosophy and example in the coming months.


Leah said...

Congrats and loads of luck and healthy vibes to you, Kelly!!

I did a marathon (in San Diego) for charity many years ago. I was not really a runner per se, but it was a really empowering (and humbling) experience to train and run the marathon. The best part is after you finish and you feel like you can conquer anything!!

Kelly McGannon said...

Hey, Leah!

Thanks! I will certainly need those healthy vibes...especially for my knees!

I am looking forward to the journey and already grateful for the lessons present in my path. I'll keep you posted on how I do...looking forward to the exhilaration which will follow!!!