Forgive me, but I have been such a slacker post-marathon and have not been posting. That would be because I haven't really done much since October and therefore, have little to blog about. I kept trying to write a longer recap of the marathon, but have decided to forgo it. I'm not going to give you the mile-by-mile. First, it's so far in the past and second, the only thing I really have to say is that I'm happy that I set a huge PR and accomplished my goal of breaking 4:30.
In other news, I have started to work out again. Granted, I'm not running yet, but am starting to do cardio work at the gym in my office building. It's better than nothing. Anyway, I swear, there are signs that are telling me that I have to get off my butt and get my rear in gear.
First, I had a dream that I weighed over 20 pounds than the most I have ever weighed in my life. I FREAKED out when I woke up and immediately got on the scale (bad idea). Thankfully, the number was not the number from my dream. It's still more than I want, which is a given saying I've done nothing for three months.
Second, my work is participating in the Hustle Up the Hancock this year. My office always participates and this year, I decided to join the team. Now, I have to start working out so I don't make a fool out of myself and finish last out of my teammates.
Third, my picture is on the registration page for the Soldier Field 10 Miler. If that's not a sign, then I don't know what is. So needless to say, I signed up for that race.
|I am the runner in the pink shirt & white cap|
I'm thinking about doing the Shamrock Shuffle, but don't know if I can justify A) $45 for an 8K and B) having to trek down to the city. Also, the weather can be bit of a doozy in March. Have you participated in the Shamrock Shuffle? If so, do you like it and is it worth doing?
My proposed race agenda is as follows:
- March 16: St. Paddy's Day 5K (if I am ready by then, which I kind of doubt)
- March 30: Shamrock Shuffle
- April 19: CARA 10 Miler
- April 26: Loop the Lakes 5K (this is in my hometown so I most likely will do this and this will be my first race of the season if I can't get ready earlier)
- May 24: Soldier Field 10 Miler
- June 1: North Shore Half Marathon
- July: TBD - maybe a 4th of July race and/or the Run from the Cops 5K which is held in my town
- August 31: Buffalo Grove Stampede 10K or 5K
- September 21: CARA Ready to Run 20 Miler or the 20 Miler in Schaumburg (if I get into the marathon)
- October 12: Chicago Marathon (if I get in)
I want to run Chicago again. I really don't want to run any other marathon than Chicago either. I'm sure there are great marathons out there, but I like the city atmosphere, the big crowds and lots of runners. My bro wants to run it as well since he could not run it last year due to a knee injury. So, if we both get in, I can always run with him to make sure he finishes. I've hit my time goal anyway. The next goal will be to run a 4:22:00 (10 minute) miles or better. Diddy's 4:14:54 looks tempting, but may be a stretch.
Anyway, hope that you all are doing well & are staying warm! To all of you runners who brave these conditions, you are super brace & awesome! More power to you!