This race recap is long overdue, but I’m not even sure where to begin! I suppose I’ll cover the entire weekend from the beginning…
I went to Chicago for the Chicago Marathon the Friday before the race with my friend and fellow runner, Ashlee, and her (super fun) parents. We arrived in Chicago around noon and checked into the Westin on Michigan Ave. before Ashlee and I promptly went to the expo to get our race bibs and check out the expo vendors.
The Chicago Marathon organizers had set up free shuttles to take people to and from the expo which made transportation REALLY easy. Once we arrived at the expo we were able to get our bibs and shirts (which are simple in design and super cute) without waiting in any lines – amazingness!! There were a ton of vendors with samples and freebies – a major plus in my book – and with Nike as the official partner, there were plenty of activities and special features hosted by the company. A great expo experience!
Week one for marathon training has officially been completed and I am full steam ahead into week two! Today’s post sets the overall tone on how I’m planning to conquer the Chicago Marathon this October… Continue reading
Whew it feels like it’s been forever since my last post but it’s only been two weeks! I really wanted to get a post written last week but I just started a new job at work which I love and am excited to dive into but I’m also wrapping up a few things with my previous role so it’s definitely been a balancing act this past week and on top of that there’s grad school homework calling my name. But no matter what, running finds its way into my routine. I’m a firm believer that people will make time for the things they consider a priority, running included.
This past weekend I went on my first ever 20 mile run. 20 miles folks. 2-0. It’s still a little surreal to me. I decided at the last minute to move my long run up a day early to have better weather and I’m so glad that I did. On Friday I went to the store to pick up some fuel – this worth mentioning because this is the first time I’ve ever fueled during a run. I’ve taken Gatorade and water but never anything more than that. So I bought some Clif Bar Shot Bloks, Honey Stingers, and nuun tablets.