In April of 2008, 5 months before running my first ever marathon, I went to see a special screening of Spirit of the Marathon. By the end of the movie, I knew I had to run Chicago one day. At the time, I had no idea what it meant to run a marathon – let alone a major marathon like this one. Now, it will be my 11th and my second “major” this year.
This year I have definitely switched from running marathons for “time” to running marathons for experiences. Boston, while providing the most challenging conditions I have faced, was by far one of the best experiences I have had. And from everything I have been told, Chicago will not disappoint.
Training has consisted of 70.3 training with some bulked up long runs. I think I have only run 18+ miles three times and didn’t ever reach 20, but I’m counting on overall fitness to carry me through. After tapering for and recovering from Muskoka, I squeezed in two final long runs over the last couple of weeks with my longest run all summer being last weekend. Since I’m not running for a time goal and don’t have a lot of mileage under my belt, I decided that ramping up my distance would be wiser than tapering down in order to run a smart marathon.
And look, we’re actually being treated to excellent running conditions! Figures we are getting (rare!) perfect weather in Chicago and I’m not racing, but this just means that my friend Patti and I will get to be comfortable while running through the streets together – in costume! This one will definitely fall under the “fun run” category and I have no regrets about that.
We hit the road with our friends dark and early tomorrow morning. Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!