#ChicagoIsCancelled

This isn’t the post we were hoping to post, but here it is.

The Asic Gel-Kayano is our weapon of choice for long runs.

Two years ago, Vee and I decided we wanted to run the Chicago Marathon. It’s on Vee’s marathon bucket list, and I’m a fan of the city, so it would make a great first marathon for me. We entered the lottery last October and both got emails in March saying we were in. ¬†We knew we had a lot of work ahead of us to prepare.

Then Life Happened

Vee’s path in yoga took flight through Create Karma

Between October and March, Vee was accepted into the 200 hour yoga teacher program with Create Karma and three other fitness certifications. I changed jobs in December, knowing I would be moving into a management position in 6 months that was going to be challenging. I also started making and selling my organic beard balms.

So needless to say, there was a lot going on, and we should have known that this wasn’t the year to run. We still tried to make it work, but honestly, it just added more stress to everything. The final straw though, was when I hurt my back in early September and couldn’t run. At that point, we pulled the plug, and Chicago was done.

Back pain is no joke in running.

It’s a big disappointment for us. We were looking forward to the trip, the time off, and the experience. I had already planned out our trip, and some places I wanted to take Vee while we were there, but that will have to wait until next year.

Finding the Positives

There is an upside to all of this though. Because we were able to defer to next year, we really can focus on the 2019 race. This means getting our training right, saving additional money to stay at a close hotel, and doing everything we can to make it the perfect trip.

I think I might need a larger size.

Shortterm, we both need to work through some things with work, but it’s been a month, and my back is getting better, but it’s still not right. Later this month, I’ll be seeing Deb at Ananda Integration for a structural integration evaluation. The goal is to see what imbalances I have in my body, and work on addressing them. I’m hoping to look at it from not just a running point of view, but also cycling and even a day-to-day perspective. With Deb’s assistance, we can get my body into an optimal alignment and balance, and get me back into training.

Take care of your beard.

Longterm, the reset also gives us a chance to reboot #TeamKICKASS and set our goals for 2019. All of this started back in 2016 with our goal of raising money and riding the American Cancer Society Bridge to Beach in honor of Vee’s father/my father-in-law, Tom. For 2019 and beyond, we wanted to share our story and what inspires us to do everything that we do, along with some tips and advice along the way. Stay tuned for all of that coming soon.

Visiting Vee during one of her Create Karma weekends at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center.

So for now, instead of saying our Chicago Marathon story is over, we are choosing to say that it is just beginning. We’ll keep you updated on our plans and share some inspiration on a regular basis going forward.

Get Fit, Have fun, Do good, #TeamKICKASS

Find your center in 2019.