Feb 01

Just when I thought my 2012 race plans were set in stone (with the exception of the unknown that is the New York City Marathon lottery), a friend of mine had to go and say the word “Chicago” to me several weeks back.  In an instant, everything changed.

Chicago is a place I haven’t been to in a long, long time.  Its been on my list of places to visit, but over the years my vacation plans have almost always revolved around some kind of tropical/beach destination.  And outside of vacation, I haven’t had any other real reason to go. I didn’t have any friends there, work keeps me in LA, and it always just seemed like one of those places that I would someone get to but there needed to be the right reason.  Well that reason is finally here, as I registered for the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!!!!

I haven’t had the feeling of race registration butterflies since signing up for IM NYC, and damn if it isn’t the best feeling!  And what makes it all the better is that what started out as a small group of about 3 of us that were planning on registering has blossomed into an entire crew of LA peeps that are all PUMPED to go experience Chi-Town.

I’m kindly ignoring the fact that this event is 7 weeks after my Ironman, so the legs will probably likely be very suspect, but when in doubt I can always walk!  And a problem of entirely different kind will present itself if I get into New York again, but I will worry about that when/if the time comes. In the meantime,  2012 just got a whole lot more interesting and exciting!

2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Course Map