Marathon Monday: Race Week!!!!!

✨✨Final 10 miles before Chicago✔️ It's been a heavy week and I felt that today. But I'm determined to stick with two words in Chicago: Joy and gratitude. I've had more joy in this training season simply because I chose to take the pressure off of myself for any time goal. Just enjoy the race. Not gonna lie, I may have let off the clutch a little too much as I'm feeling a little undertrained, but I refuse to let that get in the way. Joy in the journey, for there is always something new to learn. And gratitude. Gratitude for this ability to run and race. @matt.buchheit thank you for the reminder that to run is a gift. The slow, the hard, the wet and sweaty the long and short, the good the bad and the ugly. No run is a bad run. All these runs are a gift. So gratitude. Sorry. I'm word vomiting. But y'all. This sport is such a huge blessing is it not? Having a body that can do it is something I never want to take for granted. This week in the face of loss and heartache and struggle and some fear over life stuff, this reminder has been so raw and real. So, Chicago here we come. For better or for worse. I can't wait to explore your streets by foot. I know you will be ridiculously awesome.✨✨✨

✨✨Final 10 miles before Chicago✔️ It’s been a heavy week and I felt that today. But I’m determined to stick with two words in Chicago: Joy and gratitude. I’ve had more joy in this training season simply because I chose to take the pressure off of myself for any time goal. Just enjoy the race. Not gonna lie, I may have let off the clutch a little too much as I’m feeling a little undertrained, but I refuse to let that get in the way. Joy in the journey, for there is always something new to learn. And gratitude. Gratitude for this ability to run and race. @matt.buchheit thank you for the reminder that to run is a gift. The slow, the hard, the wet and sweaty the long and short, the good the bad and the ugly. No run is a bad run. All these runs are a gift. So gratitude. Sorry. I’m word vomiting. But y’all. This sport is such a huge blessing is it not? Having a body that can do it is something I never want to take for granted. This week in the face of loss and heartache and struggle and some fear over life stuff, this reminder has been so raw and real. So, Chicago here we come. For better or for worse. I can’t wait to explore your streets by foot. I know you will be ridiculously awesome.✨✨✨

 

So this was my IG post from yesterday.  It was a heavy week last week.  Not stuff I need to spill here just yet, but just trust me when I say I carried that through all my run’s, which made me feel less than equipped to tackle 26.2 miles in one week.  Part of that is what the taper does to your head, part of it is just real life stuff.

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But one thing is true….it’s race week!!!!!!!  I can not believe it’s already here.  Honestly, this training season has been a bit of a blur.  I cranked back my intensity about half way through, as I was planning to run for fun with my best friend in her first marathon.  I knew mentally I wasn’t “racing” this race(as if I ever really race a marathon, it’s not my body’s favorite distance) but running for Candace and the kids at St. Jude was my goal.  I knew I was in it for the experience and at this particular season of life, I simply didn’t have the time or energy to train hard.  I’m juggling a new job while doing mom dutie’s and sports and school with a busy working and training hubby, so it’s a whole new world compared to what I’ve been doing the past 10 years as a stay at home mom.  Lots of change you could say.  And I stink at juggling.

So.  My goal this week is rest, nutrition, hydration and keeping these pesky allergies at bay.  I’m trying to keep my focus on the experience.  I have been telling Candace on all of our long runs that race day is a tour of Chicago, we’re just doing it on foot.  When I ran the Napa Valley Marathon I was hurt.  Bad.  I had patellar tendonosis and I couldn’t bend my knee.  So I basically ran stiff legged for 26.5 miles…that’s right, the course was long.

Last year in Dallas I lost(yea,  didn’t lose anything…a very sneaky 2 year old hid one of my running shoes) a shoe and had to purchase a new pair the day before race day.  My quads seized at mile 8 and it was all downhill from there.  So, needless to say, the marathon has just  not been my friend.  So, I decided to go into this with a different mindset.  When I ran Napa I was in so much pain but I just kept telling myself to enjoy the scenery because it was gorgeous.  I was touring Napa on foot.  That’s all.  And it got me through.  Chicago is supposed to be an amazing race to run so first and foremost I feel so honored and blessed just to get to run it.  I also get to run for the kids of St. Jude.  How cool and humbling is that?  I can run.  I’m healthy.  I have legs that can move.  Blessing.

Pulled this pic from the archives since this mornings run was done completely in the dark. 3 easy COOL miles that felt hard thanks to my allergies and a massive headache. I cut it 2 miles short, came home, took a hot shower, made some coffee and crawled back in bed. 8 for tomorrow then it's down hill til Chicago!! Not sure what happened today but I can't let it get in my head. Bad runs happen. And coffee makes everything better ☕️Good luck to everyone running and racing this weekend!!!! #marathonrunner #marathontraining #chicago2015 #chicagomarathon #marathoner #runner #badrunsstink #sodoallergies #andheadaches #earlymiles #saucony #kinvara #runfar #justrun #runtexas #feltlikefall #sweatpink #womensrunningcommunity #fitfluential #runner #runnerland #runnersofinstagram #igrunners

So I’m pretty excited for Sunday.  A little nervous having no idea how I’ll feel or do.  I know it’s not about pace or time but I want to feel good.  I have yet to run a marathon where I felt good during the race.  And I’m not talking about the last 6 miles, those are torture regardless.  I’m talking about the bulk of the race.  I’ve been hurt or in pain both times I’ve done this insanity.  So, this time I want to feel good so I can actually enjoy what’s around me.  Even if I’m slow as molasses.  Which is entirely possible.  But who cares.  We’ll see how it goes!!!  Thanks for following along on this round of training and for all the encouragement you guys have sent my way.  I am seriously so blessed by you reader’s and the awesome running community we have via social media.  It’s such a huge thing to have other runner’s and people behind you!! So thank you!!

Are you racing this coming weekend? How did races go this past weekend??

Anyone running Chicago?  Or have you run Chicago?  Any tips? 

 

 

4 comments on “Marathon Monday: Race Week!!!!!

  1. I am running Chicago as well! I ran it last year as my first marathon. It was amazing! I agree about just enjoying it. Sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to hit a goal that we forget to have fun. Two things I would say about running Chicago is that my garmin didn’t work a lot being downtown and my watch said 27 miles at the end due to all the turns.😳 I also live in Texas and this summer has been brutal and my training wasn’t as on point as I would have liked it. You are not alone in that. Have fun this weekend and good luck!!!

  2. Girl…I am right there with you! I have had SO much less stress this year with the marathon than last for the pure and simple fact I took the pressure off of myself! When you have a million things going on…and you can STILL successfully (and injury free) train for a marathon you are already a winner!!

    This race is going to be the BEST tour of Chicago we could ask for!! Have a great week leading into the race and make sure to put your shoes somewhere safe 🙂

  3. What a great outlook to have. I hope you have a great race. Sometimes taking a step back and evaluating why you are doing something is far more important than the outcome. If that makes sense. Have a great week tapering
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