Today marks 24 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, you know what that means right? It means that this week I jump back into marathon training. I am so excited to start back into marathon training…. no really I am.
The last past month, since the LA Marathon I have reduced my running a bit. I have been just running for fun, with no specific training purpose. I ran with the local Tuesday Night Run Club, which I have been doing about a 5k each week and I have been running some Saturdays with a new run club the South OC Pacers. This second run is longer as this group is training for an upcoming half-marathon (next Sunday). So this month my mileage is significantly less that the last 4 months.
Since LA, I last minute joined a Ragnar team and ran Ragnar So Cal and signed up and did a relay row because I could. I also have spent more time doing weightlifting.
I learned a few things this past month, my pace is consistently faster now. The goal i had set to reach while training for LA of getting a sub 6 hour marathon time was crushed (5:51:21). In the midst of this, my pacing for my shorter distances got faster and faster. Now I am seeing that the start point is faster than what I was hoping to hit in my training.
So now I am ready to jump back in and continue to improve. I am excited to start. I am also excited to see what other races may occur in between now and then.
Also friends! In case you forgot I am running the Chicago Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and need to raise $1750. Please help me help these families! Did you know that Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Donate to help here.