Why do people run marathons? As someone who runs, I never actually sat down and thought about why people would put themselves through the grind of running 26.2 miles. That was until Nike invited me to run the Chicago Marathon. 

Since I’ve never run a full marathon before, I kept a log of my training. This following isn’t meant to evangelize people into a life of personal fitness and wellness. Writing down my thoughts was my way of keeping track of progress during training as well as to keep from going crazy throughout physically and mentally grueling process. This is a journal of my experience and if you want the TL;DR version, just go all the way to the end.