>I warned you about all the running or marathon-related posts.This week has been relaxing. Here's my personal pre-marathon jitters checklist.Take it easy. I ran 3 miles at an easy pace today. Felt like I could go for, oh you know, 26.2 miles.Take naps when you feel tired. I took a nap yesterday and Monday after work.Drink … Continue reading >Pre-marathon checklist
>I'm about to go crazy with excitement. With the final "long" run under our feet (eight miles tonight, GREAT pace), I am so geared up for this race. My hopes are to be able to relax this week and get lots of rest, even if it's not sleeping. I want to eat well and avoid … Continue reading >MARATHON WEEK!!!
>I'm updating from my mom's computer at their permanent campsite in Galesburg. When we first started camping years and years ago, we had a tent. Then we had a small pop-up. Then we had a bigger pop-up. Then we got a trailer. Then we got a toy-box (to transport the motorcycle, and on our trip … Continue reading >Marathon Training: Week 17: One week! and aspirations
>April 22, 1986, is my birthday. Tonight at 2:34 AM (yes, I know the exact time; my mom has no problem rehashing my birth story over and over again, haha) I will turn 25 years old. And guess what? My attitude is: Bring. It. On. That was my attitude for last year too and it … Continue reading >On the eve of a quarter of a century
>Anyone who knows me knows that I hate running on treadmills. The weather in Illinois this week is, for lack of a better word, just crappy. Rain, thunderstorms, and chilly! I wouldn't mind the storms so much if it were at least 60*. But, no luck there.The taper is a strange phenomenon.. I'm not really … Continue reading >A little motivation goes a long way
>We heard this from every newbie Six Flags worker all weekend. What is a Six Flags day, anyway?The W's took a little trip to St. Louis this past weekend. And by the W's, I mean all of them. Well, minus one very important member of the family who just happens to be halfway around the world. We … Continue reading >Have a Six Flags Day!
>I was in a great mood for pretty much the whole week. Having the doctor give me the all clear to basically train for whatever I want was a great way to start the week. :)With my run tonight I hit 300 miles! Last year I ran 324 the whole year.. this is an accomplishment!Monday: … Continue reading >Marathon Training: Week 16.. success!
>Today I had a great run. It wasn't particularly fast, and it wasn't anything special like a tempo or interval session. Just a leisurely three miles up and down University. I went out to get in a short run before sunset; the weather was just too gorgeous to ignore.I let myself sink into an easy … Continue reading >The Non-Race Mentality: A Paradigm Shift
>We have twenty short days until go-time, so beware of all entries running or marathon related.I put my 5 mile time into the calculator and my predicted finish time for the marathon is 4:32. HA! I'm thinking my marathon pace will be around 10:45 (and that's being quite optimistic).. that would put me at 4:41. … Continue reading >Pre-race thoughts
>I have no photos to post yet but the race was great!! First things first: my goal was 47:00 and my actual chip time was 46:18!! I was excited.Katie and I took the Metra into the city this morning at about 6AM. We got to Union Station and pondered how we would ever walk a … Continue reading >Race Report: Shamrock Shuffle 8K, Chicago