Right now I'm excited but know how much work is ahead. In fact I might just over do it because my last marathon was so bad. In 2013 when I ran the NYC marathon I did so to fundraise for the "Broken Pancreas" foundation. I was only a cyclist up until May of 2013 but was excited to run a marathon. I had no true how to run and that was evident when I ran the marathon in over four hours. You don't get many second chances but I feel Chicago is my chance to prove to myself that I can be a cyclist and a runner.
My mind is a lot stronger as I begin to train for the Chicago marathon, I believe I know a lot more about running and will be using all of resources to teach me how to not only run a marathon but how to train. In the days and months leading up to the marathon on October 8th I will be doing a mile dedication to 26 people that make life so great. I have dedicated races in the past and it has helped tremendously. I believe if I dedicate each mile of the marathon to a person that I will be crying for 26 miles but also running with a purpose for each and every mile.
I find this good yet strange that the last paragraph is about the marathon and diabetes. This is the first time today that I have thought about the marathon and diabetes, when I got the email saying I was in I didn't think "Oh man what about my diabetes and my blood sugar while running the marathon." Everyone that I have told has been excited that I'm running the marathon and hasn't asked "What about your diabetes" That means a lot to me and makes me smile. That means all of the work that I have been putting in to keep my blood sugar in range while training and racing has paid off. I have so much confidence when it comes to my blood sugar management and I love that, it makes me a better athlete and a more confident racer. My hope is that over the past four years of blogging that followers old and new have become better athletes living with diabetes. Each and every follower has helped me to get to this point and I can't thank you enough!!