I am not going to lie – I had HUGE plans to PR at the NYC Marathon this fall, but after all my medical drama I ended up pretty much walking a very, very ugly race. On the road to NYC I was forced to take a lot of time off and also to spend many months walking and not running, and what does a sick runner do when she can’t run? Well she dreams of when she can of course?
My dreams all lead to one place – the Chicago Marathon 2017. I have always dreamt of running Chicago, the flat/fast course excites me, plus by the time Chicago gets here I will be 14 months post diagnosis, which means training would start 10 months post treatment. My functional medicine doctor said it would take about 12 – 16 months for me to get back to 100% so as I walked and imagined I thought the timing looked good. (We are currently treating my Leaky Gut, Adrenal Fatigue, and Hypothyroidism issues.)
So, when I woke up this morning to this email I was over the moon:
I am hoping it is a sign.
A sign that:
– my medical drama will subside
– the doctors will finally get all my diagnosis figured out
– the constant testing will result in answers
– my treatment will start working
– I’ll get healthier and stronger
– bit by bit I’ll start to feel like myself again
– I’ll be able to run like I want to
– I’ll be able to go for it in Chicago!
It might be crazy, and even a bit stupid, to get so much hope from one little email. However, things have been a bit tough here lately (I have actually had horrid GI issues the last 3+ weeks and the doctors are now worried there is something else wrong with me that they missed initially which means I am going through lots more tests and worry) and the way I stay positive is to look toward the future. I hope and I dream about a time when I will once again feel like myself and getting into the Chicago Marathon gives me hope. This lottery entry is the first step to a dream, it is a part of my plan – to be up, running, and healthy for the Chicago Marathon 2017.
So here is to my dream race, being healthy enough to run it, and hopefully (fingers crossed) healthy enough to push myself to a PR.
Let me know –
Have you ever run Chicago?
Did you enter the lottery?
What is your big 2017 goal?