I won the lottery

Not the powerball. 

Chicago here I come!! 

I woke up to an email announcing I got into the 2016 Chicago Marathon. I have been waiting until today to make any definitive fall marathon plans. I found out last month that I didn’t get into New York and I forgot to submit my entry for the Marine Corps Marathon. I have been thinking a lot about Chicago and out of the three marathons it is my number one choice. I’d love to do them all someday, but I’m so excited to be heading to Chicago in October. 

This is a game changer for me. I will not go into this race feeling anything but amazing. I finally put my foot down about the very obvious fact that I gained back some weight over the last two years. About a month ago I recommitted myself to losing the weight slowly, healthily, and steadily. I am not interested in a quick fix. I am trying to identify habits and food choices that inhibit successful weight loss while maintaining a plant based diet. So far I have lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks. I feel better and I want to continue the momentum. 

I am running with goals in mind. I am building up my endurance again. I’ve developed a daily yoga practice even if only 10-15 minutes a day, but it makes a difference in how my body feels. The daily habits are leading me in the right direction and now with Chicago on the horizon I am even more motivated. 
I visited Chicago once years ago for a weekend. I am really looking forward to returning with my family. I can’t wait to plan our trip!!

8 thoughts on “I won the lottery

  1. Aimee, congrats! Chicago is the BEST. The crowds are amazing, the neighborhoods scenic, you will LOVE it. Let me know if you need any tips on the trip. Would love a meet up. 🙂

      1. Jacky and I went to high school together – so we could all meet up together! I’ll definitely cheer you on during the race!! Congrats!!

      2. I would love to meet up with you and Jacky !! I am really looking forward to the trip not just the marathon. Thank Biz.

  2. So… I hated Chicago, but I also ran it the year of their disaster, so I wasn’t finished yet when they cancelled the race. And the race director made some false statements to the media that really upset me, and as a result, I’ve sworn off of it. But everyone else loves it! And a family trip to Chicago that time of year will be fantastic! Looking forward to reading along with your training.

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