I’m Running the Chicago Marathon

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What the hell am I thinking? After all, it’s been 12 YEARS since I ran my last marathon. AND if I remember correctly, I swore to myself after that one I would never do it again. But here I am. I’ve got an official entry in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and I’m setting some pretty high goals for myself.

First and foremost, I’m raising money for Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund. My goal is to raise $1500 that will help Jack’s Fund continue to offer free skin cancer screenings, raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma and other skin cancers, and donate money to research. With low overhead, 90% of money raised is used for these activities. Working in the dermatology field for over 10 years, I’ve learned firsthand the importance of skin cancer prevention and education. To me, it made perfect sense to partner with a charity for my *return* to marathon running. If you’d like to help me reach my fundraising goal, I would be eternally grateful!

Prairie Fire Half Marathon 2016

The 2016 Spring Prairie Fire Half Marathon where I set a PR.

My second goal is to run a sub 4-hour marathon, and not die. Throwing up as I cross the finish line is optional. In the 20+ years that I’ve been running, I’ve completed 6 marathons and only one of them was less than 4 hours, the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathon, and that was in 1999. Since then, I’ve learned to train smarter, and not necessarily harder. Nutrition is something I still struggle with (hello french fries and Diet Coke), so I’ll be working as that aspect as well. The Jack’s Fund is AWESOME and has a running coach who volunteers his time helping runners like me figure out the best way to meet our goals. In just one email conversation, I’ve already learned something new, that I’ll be sharing with you soon.

My final goal is to hopefully inspire YOU to do something out of YOUR comfort zone. Whether that’s running a marathon, or simply running for a minute, I hope that you’ll realize that when you put your goals out to the universe, you’re more likely to make them happen. For years I’ve considered running another marathon and each time, came up with an excuse as to why I couldn’t do it. Not enough time, no one to do long runs with, too busy with work, etc. Trust me, I could have also found a solution to each excuse, but I chose not to.

As I’m training for my next big race, I’ll be sharing training tips, gear that works for me, and general information on running. I hope you’ll join me along the way. As I’ve learned through my life experience, it’s not the destination but the journey!

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About Sarah

Mom. Blogger. Runner. Hiker. Insomniac. Not necessarily in that order.


  1. robin rue says:

    That is absolutely amazing. I have so much respect for marathon runners. I can barely run from my house to my car……

  2. Oh wow! Good luck to you. I have huge respect for anyone who can get through a marathon!

  3. Get after it! I’m fairly certain I could not run a marathon. I have a ton or respect for people who can run all of those miles non-stop!

  4. Good luck for running the Chicago marathon! How amazing and inspiring. This is something I’ve always wanted to do but never have enough confidence in doing it.

  5. How cool that you are doing this! Running a marathon is one of those things that I don’t think I could ever do, but I respect the heck out of people who actually do it.

  6. That is wonderful that you getting back into the game! I don’t think i could ever run a marathon but i have a lot of respect for people that do it. I cant wait to see what tips you will be posting along your journey.

  7. I hope it goes well for you. I have friends who love marathons and claim it’s sort of addicting, so maybe after this one you’ll be signing up for others 🙂

  8. You are an inspiration! I love how you set high goals for yourself and how you encouraged people to try things out of your comfort zone! I will definitely share this with my friends!

  9. Wow, this looks like quite an endeavor! I am amazed first of all that you could have 20 plus years of running under your belt! That takes lots of commitment in itself!
    Best of luck with your fundraising!

  10. Good for you dear! It takes a lot of guts to get out there and do what you did.

  11. Running a marathon is no easy task I am sure. Kudos to you for doing this. I am sure that you will do just fine and I wish you lots of luck in preparing for the race.

  12. I have a lot of respect for you and other marathon runners. I’ve picked up running again, only with the injuries I have, I do sprints instead, so a marathon isn’t an option for me. I do a lot of fun run 5K run/walks. Good luck on your goals!`

  13. Jeanine says:

    This is pretty awesome! Kudos to you for a marathon. I’d love to do it but know I really couldnt!

  14. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I have always wanted to run a marathon. I think I need to start with a half a marathon first!

  15. That’s such an awesome thing to do. It would be nice to be able to raise that much money and help out a charity that’s close to your heart. I’m sure you can do it!

  16. This is really amazing. I admire you for what you do and how you manage to do it. I think it’s really nice that you’re doing this for a cause. It’s good to help out and do what you love.

  17. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    I admire long distance marathon runners. You guys have so much strength! I cannot do what you guys do. Sometimes, walking on an incline can tire me out already! Wishing you well and hope you influence others to take up running too.

  18. Haha I would definitely throw up at the finish line. It’s so awesome that you’re doing this and I will be cheering you on!

  19. This is no easy feat I am sure. Good luck to all of your training and cant wait to read about your next marathon.

  20. Brianne says:

    Good luck with all of your training! I so have marathon running on my bucket list!

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