Well I did it, I ran my first marathon!!!!! I cannot wait to fully recap my entire race weekend experience. Like I shared on social media on Monday, the race went far how I had hoped that it would. I trained to be able to run a much faster race than I did, but factors out of my control made it difficult to maintain the pace that I had trained to run. The important thing is that I did not give up and that I crossed the finished line, and can officially call myself a marathoner!
During the week leading up to the race I tried to find that delicate balance between staying active and letting my body rest up for the big race.
Monday, October 2nd
I completed my last 5 mile training run by testing out some of my race day essentials, including a brand new pair of running sunglasses (my old pair was badly scratched and desperately needed to be replaced), as well as the visor that I wore during the race.
Tuesday, October 3rd
I took full advantage of taper time and spent some time at the playground with little man. Chasing him around the playground counts as cross training, right?
Wednesday, October 4th
After work I headed to the gym for cross and strength training. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Thursday, October 5th
Thursday was an incredibly busy day. Before I left school I had to ensure that my sub plans were ready for Friday. Once I got home I headed out for my last training run. Since I still needed to pack and was tight on time, I only ran 4 out of my 5 planned miles. After completing my run I felt strong and more than ready to take on the streets of Chicago.
Friday, October 6th
Before getting on the plane, I headed to the chiropractor for one last adjustment before the race. After arriving in Chicago I immediately headed to the expo, and afterwards had a very enjoyable dinner with my family.
Saturday, October 7th
I spent Saturday morning keeping busy chasing after little man at a playground. I then took an over two hour nap while he napped. I cannot remember the last time that I napped for that long, but it was a great way to relax and rest up for the big race.
Sunday, October 8th
Sunday was race day. According to my Garmin I ran 26.98 miles in 5:13:27. I’m excited to share the full story about my experience, not only running the race itself but also pre and post race with Team RMHC, the charity that I ran with.
Total Weekly Mileage – 39.19 miles (17.53 miles more than week 17)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 507.91 miles
I have so many thoughts and pictures that I want to share with all of you, and am planning on dividing my recap of Chicago Marathon weekend into multiple posts. Although I still have two other races from September to recap, I want to jump ahead and start writing about all of my experiences from Chicago first. Stay tuned!
QOTD: For those who also ran Chicago, how did your race go?