The Chicago Marathon: a World Marathon Major with a history of unpredictable weather and unbeatable crowd support was the culmination of many, many months of training for first time marathoner and Volée member, Kelly Herron. The day proved to be an emotional journey that included a first-time run-in with “the wall” and an awesome pep talk from a teammate at mile 22.
The nerves, fears, doubts, and hesitation are real. But so is the excitement. Your heart is racing, and maybe you’re looking for an ace to use that moment in the race when everything hurts and, “I can’t do this” sounds a hell of a lot louder than, “Yes I can.” Before you cross the starting line, take a second to ask yourself this: “What do I run for?” Then write your answer down somewhere where you’ll see it. Maybe on your hand. Or shoe. Or maybe on your arm. Then, whenever you’re feeling scared, intimidated, or paralyzed by doubt and fatigue, look at it and remember what drives you to persevere.