My last shakeout run before Sunday (and it felt awesome!!!):
The latest weather forecast:
And finally my goals:
A Goal: 4:25 finish
B Goal: 4:30 finish
C Goal: Anything under 4:53
My flight to Chicago is in the morning and I could not be more excited. I can’t wait to get up there and feel the marathon energy! Good luck to those running on Sunday and may we all have our “A” races :)
Let’s go out there and #OWNCHICAGO!!
Oh hey, remember me? I used to recap my training and then I fell off the face of the earth 6 weeks ago.
Everything was going well until I ran the Rock’n’Roll VA Beach Half on Labor Day weekend:
I ran three miles to the start line so I could get in at least 16 miles for the day. The weather was brutal:
At 6am it already felt like 80 degrees with 94% humidity. I was definitely a passenger on the strugglebus that day.
Somewhere along the way during this training cycle I completely lost my mojo for running. My legs hurt all the time and I was exhausted… I was over marathon training in week 13 of my 18 week plan. This is what happened during my first marathon training experience as well. Maybe I needed a shorter plan?
So, I took the week after RnRVB off from running. And then that kind of spilled over into week 14. I was acting like I had already run the race! I knew that I had to get my act together in week 15 or I could kiss any hopes of a decent marathon goodbye. On a beautiful fall September morning, I completed one of my best long runs to date:
Yes, my pacing is ALL over the place but what’s new? That’s definitely a goal for after the marathon. I was just happy to have the 20 miler under my belt. The next weekend was a 12 miler (1:57:48 / 9:48 pace) - nothing special to report.
My last “long” run looked a little like this:
This was not the confidence building run I was looking for, my legs felt like shit! I’m hoping it was just a taper tantrum.
We’re now 4 days out from the marathon - 4 DAYS!! I’ve been weather stalking ever since it popped into the 10 day forecast. This is the current prediction:
Eh. Loving the temperature not so much the 50% chance of rain. Yesterday it was 20%. I’m curious to see how much it changes between now and Sunday.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. I pretty much fell apart during the final weeks of training but I’m hoping it’s enough to carry me across the finish line in one piece!