My Chicago Marathon Decision

Despite a [waning] case of plantar fasciitis, I have decided to run in Sunday's Chicago Marathon! I made the "good to go" decision after Wednesday's pain-free run.

My foot feels better, thanks to all the advice/good thoughts/prayers people have bestowed upon me - from internet / blog friends to Facebook friends, from the knowledgeable runners at the local sports / running store, from my local running friends to my PT friend who scraped me down and taped me up. I am humbled and blessed by my support system - you all keep me going in a positive way.

I am, however, mentally prepared to stop mid race if the red flags of pain flare up. I've set aside my pride and am willing to take a DNF (did not finish) next to my name, because the last thing I want to do is injure myself for the long term.

So let the pre-race excitement begin! Gotta get my bag packed and ready to go!

For those of you interested, I've been assigned to Start Corral "F" which is estimated to start at 8am. There is live participant tracking available at this link: Chicago Marathon Runner Tracking.

I'll leave you with a photo of my run-26.2 necklace. I wear it to remind myself that every run is a gift.


Unknown  – (October 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM)  

Yay! Glad to hear that you're good to go and also willing to stop if the pain surfaces and might lead to something bigger. Good luck!!!

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (October 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM)  

I hope it's all you want it to be. I have dealt with PF and it's no joke so listen to your foot!

Unknown  – (October 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM)  

Good luck! Hope you get all the miles behind you without pain!

Lisa Gordon  – (October 10, 2014 at 6:40 PM)  

Wishing you the very best, Shirley!

Nicki  – (October 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM)  

Wishing you a safe and timely race - look forward to hearing about it.

Megan @ Meg Go Run  – (October 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM)  

I hope you have a great race and that your plantar fascia cooperates!

Barb  – (October 11, 2014 at 5:42 PM)  

Hurray - I'm so glad you feel good to go! I'll be thinking of you, Shirley, hoping you're feeling good all the way to the finish. I have a similar tag necklace made by my jeweler friend, Elizabeth Lindsey.

Amy at love made my home  – (October 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM)  

By now you will probably have run already, and in any case you won't be reading this, but I hope that it went really well for you. I was sending good thoughts and I hope that you didn't have a DNF. You are great!! xx

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