On October 9, I ran the Chicago Marathon in support of @everymomcounts. I can't say exactly how this has changed my life - not yet - but I can feel it. It was an indescribable experience. And if someone gave me the opportunity to relive that weekend - every single minute of it - by running that marathon again tomorrow, I would do it without thinking. I'm also lucky enough to say that I have @dooce to thank for this incredible opportunity. Without her unending support and encouragement, I couldn't have managed the 18 weeks of training or the marathon. She's an amazing woman and I'm beyond happy to have her in my life.
As for the actual running itself, I logged those miles for all the women in the world who have struggled with reproductive health and those who struggle to find access to the prenatal care they need. Every Mother Counts is an incredible organization run and supported by a dedicated team and if you've already supported them, thank you! If you'd like to support their cause, please do. My @crowdrise link will be in my profile until the donation period closes (Nov. 1) and 100% of every donation goes straight to programs that improve and often save women's lives. None of it goes to salaries or organizational costs.
I walked by the side/back of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion a half dozen times during the weekend of the Chicago Marathon and I stopped to look at this spot every time. Even walking back to my hotel after running all morning, I paused. I don't know what it is about this view that I like, but I have always enjoyed it.