I’m Officially Registered for Chicago Marathon 2016

Here we go! Lights, camera, action! Chicago Marathon, take two!

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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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?



  1. March 9, 2016 / 5:08 am

    I am struggling right now with paces that used to feel much easier to me. It takes a little time but we will get back to where we want to be! So exciting that you are signed up for Chicago again!

    • Kristina
      March 9, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      I’m really excited and motivated to tackle Chicago again. Last year gave me a taste of what could be!

  2. March 9, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Yay for Chicago!!! So exciting!! You will get back to where you want to be. You have a plan and the experience to do so!! I understand struggling with paces. I look back at some of my workouts and just wonder “how did I run that pace for so long?” We will all get there though! That’s what we do! 🙂

    • Kristina
      March 9, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Hahha exactly, it’s a weird feeling to be simultaneously impressed with myself for running those paces and upset that those paces slipped away! You’re right this, this is what we do, we’ll get back there!

  3. March 9, 2016 / 9:49 am

    It IS an attainable goal! I understand struggling with things that used to feel easy but you have to remember that the race is still 7 months away. The reality of running is that you can’t be in peak form all year long. Don’t stress that you’re not there right now – it will come back to you. TRUST ME, I just went through this same thing last fall! Have faith in yourself, in your muscle memory, and in the training you’re going to start in a few months. Until then, just relax and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s actually probably a good thing to be a little undertrained at this point – save that energy! I’ve seen many runners rush to get into awesome shape before their training cycle begins, and they end up peaking too early or burning out and leaving their race in training. Keep your fitness up, but don’t go crazy. Just enjoy this time before the rigor of training life begins 🙂

    My goal is Chicago 2017!!

    • Kristina
      March 9, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you for always coming through and saying exactly what I need to hear!

  4. March 9, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Yay Chicago!! I think you have a good plan and plenty of time to prepare yourself. I think your A goal is totally attainable. You should do a Training for Chicago Vlog series like sage is doing for western states 🙂

    • Kristina
      March 9, 2016 / 4:47 pm

      Hahaha IDK Sage is so cool and I’m just me! His channel is the best!

  5. March 9, 2016 / 11:27 am

    That is really exciting. I think it’s an attainable goal and I cannot wait to hear how it goes and follow along.

  6. March 9, 2016 / 11:42 am

    I’ve been struggling with reconciling my current paces with my previous years’…but all we can do is make progress from where we are now. Steadily. With commitment and perseverance. I know we can do it!

    I can’t wait to follow your training. I have a good feeling about your 30s and what they’ll mean for Chicago!

  7. March 9, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Awesome! You are going to grab Chicago by the BALLS!!!

    If I try to qualify for Boston in the fall I will officially have 5 extra min because I will be 35 on race day (cause I wouldn’t run it until 2018) Isn’t THAT depressing??? 35 sounds so old.

  8. March 10, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Congrats for going after your dream!! I look forward to reading about the journey!!

  9. March 10, 2016 / 11:43 am

    Look out Chicago!! I’m glad to see you are setting those goals and getting to go back there again and race. Very cool!

  10. March 10, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I think your goal is attainable and I think you will surprise yourself over the next few months. You got this, Kristina!

  11. March 10, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    You can definitely achieve that goal, Kristina. Just be smart in your training leading up to “official marathon training” and don’t do too much too soon. Enjoy this time! 🙂 I feel like the 30s are where it is at! I’ve only grown stronger in my 30s and have yet to peak fitness-wise. They say between 35-40 are a woman’s strongest years… I can’t wait to see if that is true.