“It doesn’t matter if you’re miserable or happy, the distance is the same.”
That’s my motto this weekend. Sunday is all going to be about a positive attitude. I am starting to prep my brain and spirit for that right now. No more negativity about 26.2. No more doubts about my training. No more “I’d rather be doing ____ than run a marathon this weekend.” From this point forward, it’s all rose colored glasses. I’ve ran 10 marathons – some a great experience, some not so much. And these races have taught me a very important lesson – the outcome of Sunday’s race comes down to one thing: my head.
I started this training season with gusto. I never missed a run including long ones and speed training. But about a month or so ago, I dropped the ball. I didn’t recommit to running and training every day. And so when I step up to the start on Sunday, I won’t feel as confident in my training as I could have and I know I am not in a position for a PR. My best race is 4:15:01 and that’s about a 9:44/mile pace. I just can’t hold that for 26.2 in my current running state. Though part of me wants to try – start strong and go for it and if I die at mile 12, then I’ll slowly work my way to the finish. But the other part of me knows that to run a smart race, I should back up the pace and try to stay consistent. So that’s what I am going to do. And the good news is, this is my 3rd Chicago Marathon and given my last two performances, I should surely get my best Chicago time.
Here is how it maps out:
Each mile is 10:08/mile. The blue represents the water stations we will walk through briskly. The yellow is when I take a gel. We don’t know at which miles our family will be cheering for us yes but we’ll add that later.
I sent an email to Meghan and Adam today with this plan and it looks like we are all on board. This would be a big PR for both Meghan and Adam! We are going to attempt running together. That being said, we want to each have a good race so if someone is feeling fast, they can ago ahead. If someone falls back, we keep going. And at the end, we’ll drink 312 Beer, eat beefsticks and be so so happy.
This week, I have done zero crossfit which is killing me. It is crazy how much that gym has become part of my life. I stopped in on my 5-mile run this week to use the bathroom and saw Coach Jared. He yelled at me for being there – knowing that I am resting my muscles for this race. It’s the smart thing to do but I miss it and can’t wait to get back next week. My runs have been nice and easy this week. Adam and I ran 5 together at a 10:08 pace and I ran 3 miles yesterday at 9:27 pace. I’ll do one more easy run and that’s it.
The weather looks perfect for Sunday so I plan to wear my lucky marathon pants (I have worn them for the London Marathon, Illinois Marathon, Chicago Marathon and Circular Logic Marathon). I have a playlist loading as we speak. I have new running sunnies, my favorite gels and a flat course. All that’s left is 26.2 miles. Approximately 36,000 steps. About 3000 calories burned. 74 songs on a playlist. FOUR HOURS AND TWENTY SIX MINUTES of movement.
Come on Marathon #11. Let’s get lucky.
Interested in reading all but 3 of my past marathon recaps? You can find my past results and blog posts here.