One month from today is the Chicago Marathon. One month. That’s it. Its so hard to believe that the big goal that I’ve been focusing on for nearly a year is going to be reality in just one short month. I have no doubt that the next month is going to fly by, especially since I have a lot on my mind regarding my first marathon.
1. Like I shared on Wednesday, I am currently working on drafting my playlist for the race. Any and all pump up song suggestions are welcome!
2. I am currently in the midst of my peak mileage weeks. Despite the blister on my heel and my sore knee, I was able to complete my 18 miler last Saturday. My long run this weekend is a tad shorter (14 miles), and then I’ll tackle the monster 20 miler next weekend. The idea of running 20 miles is both exciting and incredibly scary at the same time, but I’m thankful that 13 of my 20 miles will be run during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly Half Marathon, which should help me dig deep and find extra motivation if and when I start struggling.
3. Yesterday I started pulling up the course map and a map of the Chicago “L” to start working on figuring out points during the race to suggest to my support crew on where they can go to during the race. I’ll have my husband, little man, and my parents there on race day supporting me, and I’m hoping to be able to see them at a couple of points during the race. Any suggestions on places along the course that are ideal for spectators would be appreciated, keeping in mind that one person on my crew is a toddler and the adults will be pushing a stroller. (I have already considered the logistics of the start/finish line area and do not plan on having them try and meet me there.)
4. My friend Kathleen, who I will be running the race with, and I are both on track with our training and well on our way to hopefully being able to meet her big time goal for the race. This will be her fifth marathon, and she has a big goal that she’s trying to meet. Although my main focus is on crossing the finish line upright, I want to support her in reaching her goal. We’ve already discussed that if I start to struggle that she’ll go ahead and meet me at the finish line. Even though we run at almost the exact same speed, I would hate to hold her back from reaching her big goal if I start having to walk more than I’d like to.
5. Yesterday I ran for the first time in what will very likely be the shoes that I run Chicago in. It made for an extra exciting training run yesterday.
QOTD: When is your next goal race?