If there was 1 goal I had for this marathon it was to be smart and realize my limitations. After my disastrous Sugarloaf Marathon in May, resulting from all the pressure I put on myself to reach an arbitrary time goal in order to qualify for Boston, I took a different approach to my training and therefore, needed a different approach to racing, a more relaxed approach. This new mentality was not a loss of competitiveness or motivation, it came out of a desire to maintain my love for running and for the marathon. I didn’t do much "marathon" training for Chicago. I maybe did 1 track workout, I hardly did a tempo run. I ran how I felt - some days that was a little faster, many days I took it really slow. Pace didn't matter. I was more focused on training for IM 70.3 Lake Placid than I was for Chicago. Chicago, I hoped, would be a race I could run well as a byproduct of my triathlon training. There was no race day plan, there were no time goals. I arrived to the race in my best mental and physical state. I hoped that I’d be granted the opportunity to go all in, to run the race that was set before me for that day. To look at myself in the mirror after the race, and know that I gave it my all. I ran my best marathon for this year, I achieved another sub-4 marathon, and for that I am extremely grateful.
The marathon is freakin’ hard, and after now completing 11 of them, I am not sure it ever gets easier. I’m not sure it is so much the physical aspect of running 26.2 miles that makes it such a feat as it is the mental strength and fortitude needed to convince yourself that you really can endure and do hard things. Sometimes I wonder why I do this but I think Ezra Klein said it best when he wrote, “The finish line at a marathon is a small marvel of fellowship. Everyone is there to celebrate how much stronger the runners are than they ever thought they could be.”
❤️Chicago – race organizers, volunteers, spectators, there are no words to describe how lucky I feel to have had the opportunity to experience your generosity, thoughtfulness, and awesomeness🙏🏻
❤️Angel – Thank you for sharing this experience with me. Congratulations to you, and I love you.
The Immortal PSL
Yes, I am totally a PSL lover. And yes, this version is amazing, maybe even the best one I have ever had. The Ghost Pepper Maple Syrup provides an incredible kick and the revitalizing Immortality means that fall can totally last forever. Or summer can come back, that would be cool too... •
To make it for yourself, blend...
- 6 Ounces Maple Water, Warmed
- 6 Ounces Hemp Milk, Warmed
- 1 Dried Fig
- 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
- 1 Tablespoon Trader Joes Vermont Ghosted Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Anima Mundi Immortality
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Powder •
Serve in a big mug and enjoy autumn’s spicy side. •
Let me know below ⬇️⬇️ have you had your PSL yet?? #psl #fallofficial
An incredible evening with the most generous of people, raising money for the B project in Nepal... thank you to my dear friends @alancummingsnaps @isidora @emmace_ @joeledgerton
for coming to raise awareness for education, female empowerment and gender equality in Bhotenamlang! Thank you to the fabulous @kafananyc
for hosting and feeding us all!
A shout out to seven summits heros @ashasingh_climber
And a huge thank you to @drinkmaple
for the support - we could not have done it without you. You’re a truly conscious brand doing truly conscious things!
And of course thank you to all the lovely friends who joined us! When generous people get together to chat, the world changes.
Last night it was a honor to support The B project along side @bojnovak
We were able to raise an incredible amount of funds to support women and children in Nepal who's villages have been devastated by the earthquake and pillaged by sex traffickers. Thank you to @drinkmaple
for sponsoring the evening. Along with @kafananyc
restaurant and everyone who came last night and donated. Your generosity and time is so greatly appreciated. Opening yourself to actively take part in the helping of others unites everyone. After all, we are all connected in this universe and the only way to progress is through loving one another and helping each other as much as we possibly can. For more info. Visit Bproject.us #drinkmaple #bproject