RUNS INSPIRED RACE AT CHICAGO MARATHON
runners enter the Chicago Marathon expecting to win first place. Some people
just want to finish the grueling journey, no matter how long it takes.
Ingrid Boyer, Trinity's reference librarian, ran in the race October 12
after receiving a little nudge and inspiration from her husband, Andy.
was something he wanted to do, and he challenged me to join him," she said
about her first marathon experience. "He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
three years ago, and running the marathon was a way to prove that the disease
doesn't hold him back. It also was an expression of gratitude to God for
keeping him healthy and free of symptoms since his diagnosis."
was a member of her high school track team, but she ran sprints and middle
distances then. She started training in February, running up to three "gruesome"
miles each session. During the summer, she logged close to 40 miles each
week, and her longest training run topped off at 20 miles.
set two goals for the 26.2-mile trek through Chicago's downtown and surrounding
neighborhoods along the Lake Michigan shoreline: finish within four hours
and 30 minutes and avoid walking. She clocked a time of 4 hours and 26
minutes without walking one step. A greater sense of gratification came
from teaming with her husband.
never thought I would say this, but completing the marathon was fun," Boyer
admitted. "There were 34,000 runners and nearly a million spectators. I
couldn't help but smile as I ran. My smile began to fade around the 16th
mile, but when I turned toward the finish line, I got excited. I was actually
going to do it, and I felt great mentally and physically.
with his potentially devastating diagnosis, he can joyfully proclaim: 'I
can do all things through Him who strengthens me,'" she said about Andy,
who finished the marathon in 5 hours and 29 minutes. "It was a privilege
for me to share this experience with him. As for future races, I have told
myself not to think about it at least until the soreness wears off."
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