Chicago Marathon 2010

I recently had to clean out my pictures, and I found a few that I forgot existed.

Back when I lived in Chicago, I was really fortunate to be living on the 41st floor in an apartment building in the West Loop. I woke up one morning and looked out my window to see one of the most inspiring things: thousands of runners reaching the halfway point in the Chicago Marathon. I was never a runner. NEVER. I was out of shape in 2010 and could hardly walk a mile without being out of breath. However, that morning I looked down on those runners, and I wanted to be like them. I wanted to wake the city up with how far I could move. I wanted to feel healthy again.

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I decided to grad my gym shoes and head to the UIC rec center where the marathon would be passing in front of the treadmills. If all those people could run, then why couldn’t I?

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I ran a mile that day on the treadmill, and then I walked several more. I felt like I was going to die, but I didn’t. I didn’t give up. The bravest I’ve ever been is when I decided to get on the treadmill when I weighed close to 200 pounds.

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I hope one day my grandchildren will look at my marathon pictures and say to themselves, “Grandma was a badass!”

20 Miles in the Bank!

This past week was the height of training season, and now it’s time for tapering!week 16

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Magellan 20 miler: SUCCESS!!!

20 miler

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I made vast improvements on my 20 mile run this year. Although, it helps exponentially to not be sick this year!

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Last year, I really lost it at about mile 10, and then I ended up walking the rest of the race. It was really discouraging. It was great to get it done the way I want to.

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I ate this protein bar that they were handing out at the finish line, and although I’m sure it probably tastes horrible on a regular day, today it was so decadent that I had to go back for seconds. Thank you for not judging me Jackie <3.

 

Rungry on the Bus. ROOOAR!!

Rungry on the Bus. ROOOAR!!

I’m not going to speculate about how the marathon will go yet. I have to confer with Tom Skilling about the weather forecast. I’ll keep you updated. I hope you’ll consider coming out to cheer me on October 12th!

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I stopped running immediately when my watch hit 20 miles. It was an untimed race, so it seemed frivolous to run the extra .25 of a mile to the finish line.

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

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Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Laurie Willson Wissinger

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

Michelle and Joe Spiker

Erin Reid

Dan Sherman

Laura Leinweber

Katie Harland

Sandra Fuller

Oswaldo De La Hoya

Randi Schoon

Andrew Scharm

Christi Castenson

Deborah Grant

Belen Meraz

Abel Sanchez

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Thank you cards for my A M A Z I N G supporters!

Week 13: 18 Miles!

Tomorrow is a 18 mile training run. Luckily, the weather will be cooperating!

36 days left until the marathon.

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

______________________________________________________________________

Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Laurie Willson Wissinger

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

Michelle and Joe Spiker

Erin Reid

Dan Sherman

Laura Leinweber

Katie Harland

Sandra Fuller

Oswaldo De La Hoya

Randi Schoon

Andrew Scharm

Christi Castenson

 

 

 

Week 12

I survived 16 miles last weekend by doing two eight mile runs: one outside and one inside. Go ahead. Judge me.

I’m relieved to have a cut back week. My long run this weekend in only 12 miles before it kicks up to 18 next weekend.

I turn 30 on Thursday. I am getting old! I can honestly say that I will be starting the next decade of my life much healthier than I have ever been!

47 day until race day! Cheers!

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I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association. 

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I need your support to do my part! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa! 

I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock! 

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Grandma and Grandpa Willson (2006)

Thank you in advance for your generosity – together, we can outrace Alzheimer’s disease.

To make a donation, please click the green “Support Me” link on the right side of the page or visit http://act.alz.org/goto/canderun. Follow training on twitter @willsonstrong.

Buy your own Alzheimer’s Association gear at:

http://shop.alz.org/Wear-It

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______________________________________________________________________

Thank you to my supporters! I cannot do it without you!

Brent Eames

Susan Willson Aamodt

Shari Willson Anderson

Benjamin Tatham

Anonymous

Merle and Anna Willson

Susan Phelan

Mike and Barb Tatham

Michelle and Joe Spiker

Erin Reid