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Kathie’s Blog: Keep On Truckin’

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Kathie Bergquist
Written by Kathie Bergquist

Right now, instead of writing this, I should be in the middle of a 6-7 mile run. Or, I should already be home from it, showered and feeling smug. But the fact is I am the world’s worst marathon trainee.

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If you don’t believe me, check out my training blog from last year’s Prague International Marathon. Notice the subtitle is “Marathon Training for the Lazy and Self-Indulgent.” So why do I do it?

This past February, when registration for the Chicago International Marathon opened up, I imagined a summer of sunshine, running, fitness, strength, and vitality. I overlooked my actual real-life recent summer history that consisted more of staying up too late, drinking rosé and smoking cigarettes on my back porch. Yes, I am the publisher and editor-in-chief of a fitness magazine and I fess up to smoking cigarettes. I’m just trying to keep it real. Otherwise, what’s the point? The magazine is called Ms. Fit, after all.

Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form.

But I keep trying to get back to my training routine and to make better health and fitness choices. It’s the best option that I have. I’m not perfect, I am far from it, but I’ll keep on truckin’.

The Chicago Marathon is on October 13th. Right now, I’m about halfway through my training. My next long run is 14 miles. I’ll keep you posted.

About the author

Kathie Bergquist

Kathie Bergquist

Kathie Bergquist is publisher and editor-in-chief of Ms. Fit Mag. She teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago and edited of the anthology. "Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast" and is co-author of "A Field Guide to Gay and Lesbian Chicago." Pulled reluctantly into a fitness lifestyle by her wife and partner of many years, Bergquist is now a runner, a boot camper, and a yogini.

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