“Yes. Hi my name is Maria Konopken, and a fun fact about me is I am running the Chicago Marathon in October.”
Yes, I have become that person at auditions and in life that will not shut up about her upcoming marathon. I’ll catch myself talking about, and scream inside my head…TALK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE!
But in reality, I am excited and about to poop my pants scared about it. When I signed up back in December, October seemed so far away. Heck, March seemed like years away. And now it’s March 14. Week 1 of marathon training.
To help keep me accountable, and to help raise money for the charity I am running on behalf for, Girls on the Run, I wanted to keep track of my progress on my blog.
So here it goes!
If you would like to donate to my fundraising goal, you can do so here.
I did a thing this morning. I signed up for the 2018 Chicago Marathon! I will be running to raise money for Girls on the Run (you can donate here) and I also feel like I am going to throw up. It’s not because this is my first marathon. I ran my first one 5 years ago when I was 26 and 2 months. For all my non-running nerds out there that’s 26.2 miles- the distance of a marathon. After that race, I said I would never do it again. So I lied.
When I signed up for the lottery, I said I won’t do it if I don’t get picked. So when I didn’t get picked, I was like this is a sign. And I didn’t get picked. But the universe has different plans for me, and here I am signing up to raise money. So why do it five years later? Because I can. Honestly, we can all change our mind and every year I watch the marathon, but this year is the first where I am like I should do this.
BUT I feel like throwing up because I can barely run a mile now. Yes, I run nearly everyday, but when I did my first marathon, I was already in great shape and running. So why do what seems to be the impossible? Because I can. I got 16 more days until the fire year of 2017 is over, and I survived being losing a job, losing my health, and depression. 2018 has got to be better and I am going to make it so.
If I just keep repeating because I can, then maybe I’ll do. And If I do, I can then say I did.
You can help me run by donating directly to may page at http://bit.ly/mskmarathon