After months and months of training, preparation, and talking about how much time until we have until October 9th… it’s here.
It started to feel real when our guests began to arrive last night from PA and New York. I got the first nervous butterfly in my belly when I was handed my bib at the expo and was wished good luck.
We headed to the marathon expo with Jenny, Steve, and his family, and later met up with the NY contingent of Team Hoagie: Siobhan and Kaitlin. It was a flurry of vendors, runners, and more.
Next on our marathon event tour was the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation charity event.
We knew that this was a get together planned by the foundation to meet the other members of the team running Chicago. We didn’t know how inspirational those two hours would turn out to be.
I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room as person after person shared their story. I will leave it to BMB to give this event the accolade it deserves, but I can truly say that I am proud to be running every step of those 26.2 miles for the MMRF and everyone’s lives they’ve affected past, present, and future.
It was also great to get Team Hoagie all in one place for the first time.
Afterwards we headed to Go Roma for a pre-race carbo-load with Team Hoagie and their family and friends.
It was a fun and relaxing way to fuel up before the big day.
Well, the bibs have been pinned, names have been ironed on, and all that’s left to do is get some sleep.
Good luck to all running tomorrow!