Chicago Marathon

I still can’t believe it, but I’m going to run a Marathon.

Not a half… but all of it. All 26.2 miles.

Hopefully I’ll still be jumping like this after the marathon?!?!

Yes, I might be nuts… but I’ll be a nut along with the 45,000 other runners signed up to tackle the October race in The Windy City. I figured if I’m going to do something this crazy I might as well go big!

I signed up for the Chicago Marathon on February 1st.  Registration opens and closes very quickly for the race so you have to make the decision about running so far ahead of time.  It’s intimidating!

Instead of announcing it to the world… I didn’t tell anyone other than my hubby and closest friends. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I don’t like to fail. And failing in the public eye can be even harder.

I spent the spring focusing on becoming a healthier runner. I built some speed at shorter distances. I started doing yoga, which relieved my nagging shin splint issues. I started to slowly build miles.

As I started to feel more confident that I could do it, I told more people– family, co-workers, fellow runners.

Now, I’m ready to share with you! I’ll be writing on my new running blog as I’m training for this huge race. I will also have running tips that have worked for me, ways I try to run healthy, and some crazy side stories from my life. Even if you are not a runner, I think you will enjoy it. My goal is to inspire someone to get active in any sport or try something that you once thought was impossible. I hope it will give you a chance to get to know me a little better.

Thank you for supporting me, praying with me, and reading along as I tackle this crazy journey!


  1. […] of July marks two big anniversaries for me.  Eight years ago I started Running in a Skirt with this humble blog post announcing that I signed up for the Chicago Marathon.  My intentions were to have a running […]

  2. […] bug was an understatement.  I fell in love with this sport.  The summer before I ran Chicago I started this blog because I loved running so much.  Running became a big source of joy in my life and I fed off the […]

  3. […] blog post on Running in a Skirt!  Kind of exciting huh?  I’ve come a LONG way since that first post announcing I was running the Chicago Marathon AND starting a blog almost three years ago.  My how times change, yet everything stays the same. […]

  4. […] all started with an innocent enough article announcing that I was running and training for the Chicago Marathon.  Up next was a post explaining why I picked the name Running in a Skirt and then some information […]

  5. Angie June 24, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    You started yoga when you started to prepare to run your marathon… did you do videos at home or went to a gym? If you did videos at home, could you share what you used? I’ve never done yoga but feel it’d be beneficial as I am underway with training for my first marathon. thanks!

    • JulieWunder June 25, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Hi Angie,
      I took one private class with a wonderful instructor who did Yoga for Runners. She showed me how to hit the spots on my legs that were causing me trouble with ankle and shin splints. I took that knowledge and used it with DVD’s at home. I used Rodney Yee- Daily Yoga and Christine Feldstead Yoga for Runners. I reviewed both DVD’s on the link above 🙂 I also did some yoga stretches right after I ran. I highly recommend finding a yoga practice to compliment your running. I would not have gotten through my marathon without it!
      Let me know if you have anymore questions, I’m happy to help.

      • Angie June 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        thank you! 🙂

  6. Ken Shields August 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for some great inspiration! Seams like we’ve been running a parallel race here! I started running May 2009 with the Sunset Stampede and am training for my first marathon in October too, The Marine Corps Marathon – OO-RAH!!! Anyway I look forward to hearing how your upcoming weeks go and learn from your tips. Thanks for putting it out for all to see!

    • JulieWunder August 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Yes it does! I hope your training is going well! Did you have your 18 miler this past weekend? I wish you the best of luck as well!!!!!

  7. Bob Masiello August 16, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

    You can do it girl, make us all proud…………..

    • JulieWunder August 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you!!!

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