Last week I read a notice that said registration has reached the 30,000 mark - and organizers expected it to fill up by the first week of June. Excuse me, what? We didn't register last year until August. June feels a bit premature. However, I kept reading it: Chicago Marathon reaches 30,000 mark. Only 10,000 spots left. Expected to fill in record time.
No. No-no. It can't fill up. We have plans to run it. We have to run it. It's a bonding experience. It's Chicago. I don't want to try Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon as a back up plan. We're running Chicago. I'm putting my foot down.
So in a moment of "oh-crap-what-if-it-fills-up-and-we-can't-run-Chicago?" desperation, we registered for the marathon last night. So, uh, now, in the meantime, let's pray that in five months' time my shins behave and I don't consider that $90 registration fee a donation to the Kenyans, who will undoubtedly win the marathon. Again.
I'm still technically "taking a break" from running until mid-June, but after that I'm keeping my fingers crossed and legs moving.
Countdown to the Chicago Marathon: 5 months