It's getting here fast. My IT Band kicked up yesterday again just 2 kms into my run yesterday so I'm very worried now as I had to stop running and then walked back to where I started. We are in Corral L as this is our first marathon.
I'm a bit worried also. Although my training has been going really well and all of my long runs with my running group have been at pace or better, including very comfortable 14 and 18 milers, I failed miserably at last Sundays Fox Valley Marathon. I was barely able to finish and came in at just over 6 hours, having to walk almost exclusively the last 8 miles.
An experienced running friend at work assured me that things like this happen often and advised me to use this taper time wisely and back off the recommended mileage by half but continue to run as best as I can. I'm hoping the final weeks of training are not such a struggle that I psych myself out of completing Chicago.
By the way, what corral have you been assigned to. I'm in corral G.
27 Days until: North Shore Classic Half Marathon
Fitness Minutes: (102,103) Posts: 7,758 9/23/13 10:44 A
How is everyone doing? I'm a bit worried because I've been injured with IT Band and hamstring issues in both of my legs but I'm working hard at stretching, strengthening, and icing them. Since I have been injured, I haven't been able to do the mileage. Husband is doing well at getting his scheduled mileage and he'll do fantastic. Since I'm all paid, and will be there anyway, I'm going to continue with my training and getting my legs healthier, and am going to still line up, and run as far as I can. I want to do this!!!
Donna - Ontario, Canada EST
181 Days until: NYC Marathon
Fitness Minutes: (102,103) Posts: 7,758 6/17/13 9:52 A
I've been following Jeff Galloway's "To Finish a Marathon" Run/Walk program but I'm going to switch over to a program that my husband came up with. He came up with it over the weekend in which he combines parts of the program that the Chicago Marathon released for "Set A New PR" of what they have listed on their site, and combined it with the program that Runner's World has listed in their marathon book. Today is a Rest Day from running for me. I still intend to do my Run/Walk method as it has allowed me to run at a faster speed than I have been doing, and will be incorporating into the scheduled workouts.
Just curious why you picked Chicago as your first. I do think it's a GOOD pick for a first marathon and if I could do it over, I would chose Chicago. But Wisconsin was the right time and much less expensive, and considering we live 25 miles from downtown Chicago, it was only about 15 miles further to travel to Kenosha.
Chicago will be much more fun. Nobody will be running all alone, that's for sure.
Just printed off a map of the route to hang on my wall. It's last years map but I don't think they change it from year to year. It will be so much fun to revisit all those neighborhoods on foot. I am SO looking forward to this.
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