Here we go! Lights, camera, action! Chicago Marathon, take two!
Yesterday as I was filling out my Chicago registration form I selected the 30-34 age group for the very first time. Wow. I’m going to be 30 years old when the marathon comes around this October. What a great opportunity to kick off a new decade in my life by doing something that means so much to me!
As you know, I have GOALS. Or rather I have one goal, and it seems very lofty at this point. I want to finish Chicago in 5:59 or better. Last year that goal seemed totally attainable, but after the setbacks I faced in the fall, 5:59 now feels like a stretch goal. Before I deem it a stretch goal though, I am going to put in lots of hard work this spring to try and get back to my old easy pace range of 13:30 – 13:45.
It’s definitely attainable with hard work. Plus, I’m hoping just knowing that I did it before will help me mentally.
Last night I got in a nice 5K at “race pace” effort. It’s funny calling it race pace since I’m not technically training for a race right now … although I suppose you could call this training for Chicago. It’s like pre-training, training.
Sigh, that used to be a moderately easy pace and now it takes 90% effort to get there. It’s about five minutes off of my 5K PR, but that’s in the past. Right now it’s simply a good baseline by which to measure the next couple of months. It didn’t help that we had wind gusts up to 22mph last night. Maybe without those wind gusts I could have shaved a few more seconds off of each mile.
Either way, it felt nice to get in a really good effort run and I’m very much looking forward to more of these now that my hips aren’t giving me any trouble. (Hallelujah!)
This year Chicago will be mine, whether I achieve my A goal or not, this is my year.
Chicago is my destiny.
Anyone get into NYC yesterday?
What are you training for this spring? Anyone with spring goal races?