My incredible friend, Meagan is running the Chicago Marathon RIGHT NOW! I am so thrilled for her and she is booking some serious business!
This picture is from earlier and she has already crossed the half way point. I’m sure by the time I finish this post she will be DONE!
Of course… you know what this means?!
I have ONE measly week until this bad boy!!!
Oh man, but here is the deal – I am super ready for this to be done and over with. It sounds terrible and I know I’m going to say, “I wish this would never end!” Okay, probably NOT when I am actually running 26.2 miles, I’m guessing I will be all kinds of ready to be done running at mile 22 but you know what I mean. I’m nervous. I’m excited. I want to laugh at my delusion that I can actually do this. Let’s just say, it’s a fairly exhausting emotional roller coaster I’m on at that moment.
Hey! I just realized – I can stalk the weather now! Great scott – my marathon-ADD is completely kicked in… this is going to be an interesting week!
Speaking of races – I ran the Campus Classic yesterday. It was great! I haven’t done a 5k in wee bit. My 5k PR is 28 flat. I haven’t managed that in a long time, maybe two years? A year and a half? Yesterday I pulled out a 29:36! On a REALLY hilly course! I had a 9:33 pace!! This is based on my garmin – the course was long. 3.23 – c’mon folks! This year the race course was a little different do to some construction and I think this was the reason it was long. But that is a bit TOO long! As I was sprinting toward the finish line, I looked down at my garmin and it said 7:55 pace – CRAZY! I am really proud of myself. My pace was never over 10:05 and it dipped down in the low 9’s at one point. I still can’t believe this used to be my 1/2 marathon pace, and lower even. It does give me hope though. A couple of weeks ago, I did a time trial of a 5k and it was around a 10 min mile pace (maybe 10:15).
I saw this on pinterest a little while ago and it as a GREAT reminder for me. I AM making progress! Tracking my running has been key for me. I like to look at where I was a few months ago to where I am now. I always only used racing as a way to see how I was doing but what if it was a bad race? This way I can see how I am doing on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I can FEEL that I am faster but now I actually have proof!
Happy Sunday folks! Off for my last longish run before the marathon!