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November 4, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with Jennie Finch

  (10:55 AM)

Former U.S. softball player Jennie Finch will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!

  (11:04 AM)

We've got Jennie!

Bella (DC)

How long have you trained for this marathon?

Jennie Finch
  (11:05 AM)

12 weeks. I had my second son four months ago. I took a little bit of time off and I've been hard core for the last 12 weeks.

Evan (Atlanta)

Are you nervous at all to get this race going?

Jennie Finch
  (11:06 AM)

I am. I think I wasn't nervous until I landed in the city and you can feel the buzz about the race. My husband was trying to tell my 5-year-old what I was doing and he was saying it's one of the biggest races in the world and I was like "woah!" I am running for a good cause, so I try to focus on the why and now how far.

Jason (Baltimore)

Do you have a goal as far as time for this race?

Jennie Finch
  (11:07 AM)

I do. I would love to be around 4 hours. I would love to break 4. Under 4:10 would be incredible, but even more so under 4.

Greg (Boston)

Have you come to grips yet with the fact that there will be no softball in the Olympics?

Jennie Finch
  (11:08 AM)

Definitely. It's very aware of it. Playing in the 2008 games, that was very much on our hearts and minds. Hopefully we can spread the game across not just the U.S. but the world and hopefully one day get it back in the Games. That's the goal.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

How many Marathons did you ever run in your lifetime?

Jennie Finch
  (11:08 AM)

This is my first.

Jennie Finch
  (11:08 AM)

Starting off with the greatest.

Steve (NJ)

Where did you get the idea to run a marathon?

Jennie Finch
  (11:09 AM)

It was always something I wanted to do. When Timex approached me and said they'd donate a dollar for every person I would pass to charity, it combined both of my goals of running with charity.

Josh (Miami)

Hi Jennie. My daughter really looks up to you, and was wondering if you could tell her what a normal training day looks like for you. Thanks!

Jennie Finch
  (11:10 AM)

Training's been intense. It's been 12 weeks long. I've been training with Timex GPS run trainer. It's like having a trainer on my wrist. It's been 12 weeks of running. It hasn't been easy with a newborn. It's been fascinatin to break into this world of running and going further than you ever thought you would.

victor (Monroe,Louisiana)

Hi jennte i like your fastball when you pitch my question is how old were you when you started playing 1st played softball?

Jennie Finch
  (11:11 AM)

I was 5 when I started. Then, I didn't really have a dream of having a career in it. My first goal was college and then the Olympics gave me the dream of playing for the USA. My teammates showed me how to make a career out of it. But it's just been the last 10 years that you can. I loved what I did and tried to make it last as long as I could and play as long as I could.

Tommy (Madison, WI)

Who're your role models growing up and why?

Jennie Finch
  (11:12 AM)

For me, in Southern California, Orel Hershiser and Magic Johnson. When I got older, I started thinking, where are the women in sports? When I got into softball, it was Lisa Fernandez.

Mark (San Jose)

Hi Jennie. How many runners do you think you will end up passing in the marathon? Im rooting for ya.

Jennie Finch
  (11:12 AM)

I'm hoping to pass over 25,000.

Dave (CT)

do you have a strategy? start fast?

Jennie Finch
  (11:13 AM)

I'm trying to take as much advice as I can. Everyone said to not start too fast. I have a coach that's trained me from afar. She is coming in to run with me. She's an Ironman athlete. I hope to be pretty consistent throughout.

Bob (Phoenix by way of Tucson)

Jennie - About the Cats Softball team - do you think Coach C will have them back on track this year. Go Cats - BearDown!!

Jennie Finch
  (11:14 AM)

I do still follow them. Wildcat for life! I follow them very closely. I'm hoping for a trip back to the World Series, after coming up short last year. I hope for them to go all the way and bounce back from last season.

victor (monroe,la)

when will you ever be called back to play softball?

Jennie Finch
  (11:15 AM)

Hopefully, at some more MLB celebrity softball games. Never say never, but not at this point. I'm now focused on my next chapter in life. I just wrote my book and focused on being a mom. I do some camps and clinics, so I'll be on the field.

Jennie Finch
  (11:15 AM)

Thanks for all of the support. I've felt it all along with this training and during my career. I'm appreciative. I hope to represent women in sport and do well with this marathon.