I am running my first marathon this Sunday at the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Take a look back at my training on my Maree’s 26.2 Journey Blog.

On Thursday I went to Niketown, Nike’s huge store on Michigan Avenue, to scope out Nike’s 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon official merchandise that will be at the Health and Fitness Expo today. I know that it will be crowded at the expo with all of the participants there to get their race numbers and information, so I wanted to have some idea of Nike’s merchandise before attending the expo. When I got to Niketown, I realized that the two huge store windows were decorated with all 45,000 of the marathon participant’s names. Pedestrians were stopping to check out the huge list of names, and I joined a few fellow marathon runners in an attempt to find my own name on the windows. Luckily my name was at eye level, and I was able to find it fairly quickly. In a strange twist of fate, the man who was next to me searching for his name happened to find his name right next to mine!

One of the windows full of names. Yes, those are people's names on the window.

I was so excited to see my name on a list with top runners like Sammy Wanjiru and Irina Mikitenko. Obviously I am not as talented of a runner as these elite athletes, but I am very proud of myself for coming this far in my training. I never would have believed that I could run a marathon. When I tell people that I’m running the Chicago Marathon, so many say, “I could never do that.” The truth is that if you really set your mind to accomplishing this goal and your body is healthy, running a marathon is not only possible, but empowering. I know that I am going to experience the best feeling in the world when I cross the finish line on Sunday, and if all goes well I hope to continue running marathons in the future.

My friends and family have been sending good luck cards all week, and along with the positive messages I’m getting from my Blog followers, I know I have enough motivation to finish the race – so thanks for your support!

I’ll see you at the finish line…