Well, folks my apologies for the less than consistent blog posts so far this fall. As most of you already know, I also coach middle school and high school cross country and we’ve had a weird first half of the season with meets getting canceled due to heat and then too much rain or ground saturation and having to scramble to find replacements or re-figure training plans, etc. The coaching life is a fun and very rewarding one, but can also be quite intense at times. With that said, here finally is my Girls on the Run – Chicago Marathon Update.
Two Weeks Out
I peaked two weeks ago at 20 miles. I like to typically do 22-23 or so, but since the marathon this time is focused more towards the charity and raising awareness and also checking off a bucket list item, I decided it wasn’t necessary to do the few extra miles.
Last week, I started a 3-week taper that put my long run at 15 miles. It was such a huge reprieve to finally have cooler weather and I actually felt like I just kinda wanted to cruise for a couple more miles, but then that would defeat the taper wouldn’t it?!?
This week, I’ll continue as always running with the kids at practice as they work towards their own peak in training. That means 3-4 days a week doing between 3 – 7 or 8 miles. I don’t typically run with them on their quality or speed work days, since I”m running the clock and coaching. So have been taking these couple of days off or only doing 3-4 miles with the middle school kids or on my own. Needless to say, my own training has been a bit more unstructured this time and it’s been a little bit of nice change.
Along with this more un-structured approach, I’ll admit that I have not been as disciplined towards my own strength and mobility, stretching or core work. I would say on average, I’ll help lead the kids thru what they’re doing at practice and end up doing all or part of their workout, but often times am kinda all over the place with this and again coaching thru out. However, knock on wood, I’m not experiencing much soreness or tightness anywhere and am assuming the extra off days in between have been a little blessing in disguise for recovery.
Fundraising Deadline and Dedicating my Miles
The fundraising deadline for my charity efforts and donations is Thursday 9/27/18. So many of you have donated and supported me and for this I’ve been very humbled and so grateful! It’s not too late, if you’d still like the opportunity to help me pay it forward you can do so thru this link. https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/2018-gotr-chicago-marathon/runnermomcoach
As of today, I have exactly 26 donors. I will dedicate and run a mile for each of you during my 26.2 mile journey on October 6th. If I end up being even more blessed with additional donors, then I’ll group your dedicated miles towards the end when I’m having to dig deep. The extra incentive and purpose to run for you will be my motivation when my body and mind are tired.
My Bib number is #8877 and if you’d like to live track me during the marathon you can download the Bank of America Chicago Marathon App.
Race Day Goals
First and foremost, of course, to run for charity, raise awareness and check off a bucket list item with my running bestie. Secondary, to run for fun and complete enjoyment. No worrying about pace, no calculating miles and accumulated time in my head during the race, no obsessing over how I’m going to disperse what’s left in the tank and what’s left for course.
I’m determined to NOT forget my running shoes this time. Remember this post – http://runnermomcoach.com/happy-running-hump-day-fabulous-debacle-ms-type/
My goodness! Perhaps, I’ll even cross paths with another famous person in the running world again this time. Last time I ran Chicago, I met Bart Yasso, dubbed the “Mayor of Running” by Runners World. http://runnermomcoach.com/bart-yasso-blog-shrine/
I’ll see if I can figure out how to do some live video over Instagram or Facebook. I’m not as tech savvy with these sort of things yet, but wouldn’t that be fun. Then you can experience some of it along with me.
Good Luck to All!
Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully, you are all feeling crisper with this cooler weather and finding your legs spinning beneath you just a little smoother and quicker. Good Luck to any of you who may also be running Chicago, or the Twin Cities Marathon which is also the same weekend. Enjoy the remaining two weeks of your taper and on race day go get er done!!