|This is exactly how I plan to look when finishing|
the marathon this year. Exactly like this.
Second, I am not actually running the Chicago Marathon this year. My sister has signed up for Chicago and this will be her first marathon. I promised her I would watch along the sidelines and cheer just as she has done the last two times I ran. With the aid of her boyfriend who is an expert at tracking runners and getting to viewing spots just before they show up, I plan to see her three or four times along the course. Several people have asked me why I don't just run the marathon with her. To which I answer, I would, but she's faster than me. So this year I think I'm going to run the Naperville Marathon (a suburb of Chicago for those of you not from around these parts). It's a few weeks after Chicago so, other than getting myself out to Naperville, all I need to do is adjust my taper.
Third, I have moved up a pace group. I'm now running with the 10:30s. That's my goal pace, which will give me a 4:35 finish. The good news is I'm running with people I already know. The bad news is I've committed to doing the "intermediate" training plan which has me running an extra day during the week and a couple of extra miles on the long run. Luckily (sorta - I was half counting on there not being anyone running the intermediate schedule), there were six other people from my pace group that went the two extra miles on Saturday, so I wasn't alone.
Finally, I'm not raising any money for any charities this year. Was that a huge sigh of relief I just heard? So you are now free to find your other friend who is running the Chicago marathon and give to their charity.
My first week was a bit of a slow start . I missed two runs so only ran 15 miles of the 23 scheduled. Basically I did the novice mileage - which is actually fine since I haven't been as consistent with my running as I should be. But this week I want to try and get in all the runs and get myself onto a schedule for the rest of the summer so I can look like that illustration.