When I finished my first half marathon in the Fall of 2017, I remember stuffing my face with Portillo’s and thinking: “I will never be crazy enough to run a marathon. 13.1 miles is enough.” Well, fast-forward a year, and I guess I’ve gotten crazier. After taking sometime off running to focus on job hunting and moving, I knew it was time to lace up my sneakers again and start training again. But for some reason, a half marathon no longer felt challenging enough. I had to do a marathon, and what better place to run one than my favorite city in the world?
I began my research into the Bank of America Chicago Marathon—stalking the official website, reading the FAQ, and contacting family members that had ran it before. Going into it, I knew that if I was going to run this marathon, I was going to run it for a cause I cared about. I immediately called my mom (hi, Mom) and told her, “I’m going to run this marathon and I’m going to run it for a charity. Can you guess which one?” And of course, she immediately knew.
For those who don’t know, in July of 2013, my uncle, Al Olson, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme, stage 4 brain cancer. And anyone who was lucky enough to know him can attest that he was by far one of the toughest men around, fighting this battle for over two years with a positive attitude and love of life. I am honored to be running my first marathon for the American Brain Tumor Association in memory of my wonderful uncle.
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