My iPhone dinged with a charge on my AMEX card – $195. YES! On this morning it could only mean one thing: I got into the Chicago Marathon for October. I quickly checked my email and there it was – coming in at 6:19 AM: “Congratulations! You have received an entry into the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.”
I got up and, hearing the shower water running told my wife, who was getting ready to head to school (she’s a teacher) “We’re going to Chicago”.
I truly could not imagine being so happy that I was being given the “privilege” of traveling hundreds of miles for a long weekend in October to run 26.2 miles with 30,000 or so other people but I sure was. I reflected on the last time I was in Chicago – around the fall of 2012. We didn’t run anyplace – I sure could not have done that. We quickly hit a couple of the city highlights and moved on. Now I would be back, not morbidly obese, to run the Chicago Marathon. Insane.