It’s no secret that redeeming my last remaining DNF was the primary goal at Chicago. And I got that redemption. I would have loved for it to come with a bow of a PR and goal time, but it wasn’t to be.
Taper week 2
Monday – easy 4 mile run and a little lifting at the Y
Tuesday – was supposed to be a 6 mile race week progression run. Warmed up and it was awful. Stopped the watch. Walked a bit. Decided to try the progression. Made it .75 miles and decided to call it and walk it in.
Wednesday – started eating like it was race week since Tuesday’s disaster was caused by under-eating. First drill swim workout from the new swim coach. It was good.
Thursday – 13.4 miles on the bike trainer. Blah. So much sweat.
Friday – 3 mile run – Cooper’s Fun Run, monthly charity run downtown at 6 AM. I am not sure I have ever run that early.
Saturday – off. Travel to Chicago and dinner with friends.
Sunday – Chicago marathon. My wave started at 8:35, I crossed the mats at 8:53 AM. Late start on what started out as a warm day. Mid-60s when I started. Damn near 80 when I finished. At 20K I was 4 minutes behind goal and I decided to go to plan E and just finish. After the half, I walked. At mile 24 I did the math (I could still do math!) and figured out that I would need to “run” the last mile to make it under 6:30 and all the sudden that became important. So I did. It hurt, but I did it. I kinda race walked Mt. Roosevelt and then ran it in to the finish. 6:29:36 – not what we had hoped for going into the race by a long shot – but I finished Chicago. Not last. Under 6:30. Winning.