The Chicago Marathon is less than 3.5 months away and I’m getting pumped. Last year was my first ever marathon and to be honest, I was really scared about getting hurt, about getting burnt out. So, I trained at a pace that felt good, didn’t go overboard with mileage and did copious amounts of yoga to strengthen my core. It must have worked because I finished those 26.2 miles and felt great- no injuries, no passing out, no drama.
But this year, I have a goal.
I will finish the 2011 Chicago Marathon in less than 4:15.
I’m not trying to win this thing (the people who win are probably having mimosas by the time I hit mile 13) but now that I know my body can take it, I want to go after my goal and train a little harder.
The Game Plan:
June 11-July 16th: boot camp 2x a week to tone and strengthen
July 17th: Fleet Feet’s Women’s 10k to take in that race atmosphere before the big day
All Summer: Yoga! I cannot say enough how important yoga was to my training and completion of the marathon last year. Soothes tight muscles, strengthens the core and focuses the mind- yoga is just invaluable.
Late July: start going after long runs on weekends, finishing with a 20 miler 2 weeks before the marathon.
ASAP: more yoga!
I’m feeling strong and now that we’re finally getting some good weather, I’ve had some really beautiful runs on the lake. With my plan in place, I’m confidant that I will crossing the finish line at my goal time.
Chicago Marathon 2011, bring it!