I entered the Chicago Marathon lottery. They regretted to inform me that I was not selected. The morning of the lottery announcement this happened:
Can still register on a charity team. Please point me to the mental illness charity. #chimarathon
— Katie Leas (@trmndsblndtte) March 12, 2013
— Girls on the Run (@GOTR_Chicago) March 12, 2013
Now I must decide how badly I want to run this race. I can still gain entry through a charity. I just have to raise a certain amount of money and they not only get me a registration, but they will pay for my entry fee.
Last year, I chose Chicago for three reasons:
- It’s consistently ranked as a great course for first time marathoners.
- I saw a glowing review for the 2012 event on Fiterature.
- It’s in my mom’s hometown (with “her people.”) [This likely means crying because I am a baby.]
Oh yeah, I actually decided I was going to run a marathon while I was training for my first half. Being consumed by running and surrounded by people who were running them and training for them, it just hit me that I wanted to do that. I was reading books about running, I was running, I was talking about running, I was writing about running. (I was punctuating badly.) Running a marathon is also like the ultimate way to say “F’ YOU! I’m not the obese girl lacking confidence and afraid to try anymore. [I’M NOT JOSIE GROSSIE ANYMORE!] F YOU FEAR.
After I entered the lottery, I really thought I was going to get in. I just had a feeling that it was supposed to happen. Now I’m a little less certain. Watching Spirit of the Marathon certainly inspired me as I cheered on the regular guys and the elites alike. That could be me.
Here’s my dilemma: I am a terrible fundraiser. Remember those candy selling fundraisers? I ate the candy. I ATE IT ALL.
What do you think? Can I raise $925 for Girls on the Run? Can I run a marathon?