Thanks for sticking around to hear my big race announcement that I hinted at last week. I didn’t want to announce my news back then for fear of jinxing myself yet again. I hadn’t met with my coach yet and, well, you know. But now I’m ready to share.
So, my news:
I‘m training to run the Chicago Marathon after all!
It’s official. I met recently with my coach, Kris, and she put together a simple, relatively conservative plan that will get me from 9-mile long runs to 26.2 on race day in fewer than 12 weeks. The caveats, per Kris:
- I have to understand that this is not the kind of plan with which I can try to PR or BQ.
- I need to run Chicago with the goal of finishing, only.
- I must accept that I could end up injured. (Womp womp.)
Even when it’s not your first or second, running a marathon with a 12-week training cycle is risky if you don’t have a proper foundation. My foundation? Not proper. I’ve been running about 12-16 miles per week for about one month. But I accept all of the above conditions, and I’m ready to go.
My flights have been locked in.
My airbnb has been booked (yay, Wicker Park!).
And I am coming for YOU, Corral C!
Are you running a fall marathon? Which one? If you’re running the Chicago Marathon this year, how far are you into your training? What’s the shortest training cycle you’ve completed before running a marathon?