25 January 2008
Ellie: "Bring it, Grandma!"
Last night my parents, Ellie, and I went to see "Spirit of the Marathon" and it was fantastic. I think it meant a little more to me because it takes place in Chicago 3 years ago, following runners of different abilities as they prepare for the marathon. I loved it. I highly recommend it (encore is sometime in February), especially if you've ever run Chicago.
I wasn't the only one that enjoyed it, though. On the way home, Ellie asked if I thought she could run a marathon. I said, "Of course you can. It's all about the training and preparation--mental and physical."
The seed had been planted.
Today I checked on marathons coming up this spring/early summer, as that is about the only window for Ellie to run one (We're traveling to Ireland in July, and it may be 'baby time' after that...). I checked on Grandma's, which I had heard good things about.
Several emails and conversations later, Ellie is officially signed up. It will be a role reversal for us, as I'll be lead cheerleader on the route and won't be running.
It's gonna be fun! I have already let her family know that this is her idea...I'm just along for the ride.
(As for my running...my knee was NOT happy with me the rest of yesterday, so I am taking today to rest again and will likely turn my weekend long run into a weekend elliptical session. None of this really matters to me right now, though. Ellie's running a marathon! Woo Hoo!)