I feel like every other runner in the world has nailed down their schedule for next year and I’m still focused on 2014 and that 5K I’ve got coming up this weekend.
I have picked out my next marathon though!
Just the other day I got in touch with wonderful people at PAWS Chicago, and I am now 99.9% sure I am going to fundraise and run the Chicago Marathon as part of Team PAWS next October. PAWS is the largest no-kill animal shelter in Chicago!
I’ve been thinking about fundraising for a while and this feels like the perfect opportunity since Chicago has a lottery system for regular registrations and I can circumvent that by fundraising.
Is the course in Chicago as flat as my 0 elevation here in South Florida? Nope.
But it looks pretty friendly (and flat). It definitely doesn’t include the 150ft climb that Portland throws at you in mile 17! That thing still haunts my nightmares!!
Running the Chicago Marathon should help with my future goal of running the Chicago Lakefront 50K at some point in the future (probably spring 2016). You know I’m always thinking ahead towards my future as an ultrarunner! 🙂
Cecil approves of me joining Team PAWS and thinks he should be allowed to complete the race while perched upon my shoulder:
(I seriously have no idea why he decided he should climb up but he seemed to find it comfortable!)
After the 5K this weekend I’ll probably start thinking more broadly about my 2015 running plans! I’m excited that part of those plans will (probably) include running in one of the biggest marathons in the world!
Have you ever raced for a charity? What was it like? I like that it pairs up two things that will make me feel good (running and raising money for homeless pets)!