On February 1st, 2011, I made the commitment to run the Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011. With one half-marathon under my belt (and an intended two more later in the spring), I felt I was up to the challenge. My goal for my two spring half-marathon’s were to run fast enough to gain admission into a seeded corral. However, my other two half-marathon plans were derailed when I put out of running commission for a month and a half.
Once I was cleared to run again, I decided to do something drastic. Since I function best with a planned training schedule, I decided to start training for the Chicago Marathon on March 21, 2011, a full 29 weeks before the race!
While the first month and a half will be more or less building up my mileage base again after my injury, I am ecstatic to be training for something again! I know will be faced with struggles, triumphs, new milestones, happiness, pain, and doubt, but I am ready to face this new goal with the best foot forward!
Check back on this page to follow my training week reflections, favorite runs and races, and other experiences that I will face throughout this training!
Training Week Reflections:
Races Done During Training:
Kiwanis Independence Day Festival 10K (July 4, 2011)- (54:27, 8:47 pace)
Charity Chase Half-Marathon (June 4, 2011)- (2:01:04, 9:14 pace)
Winter’s Family Beach Fest 15K (May 21, 2011)- (1:22:40, 8:53 pace)
Jacksonville Symphony River Classic 4-Mile Run (April 17, 2011)- (33:48, 8:27 pace)
IronGirl 5K (April 10, 2011)- (24:12, 7:49 pace)
Notable Training Runs: