Anise’s Training Log 10.9.17 – Chicago Taper and Race Report

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.

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  1. Congratulations on resolving that unfinished business with Chicago! Those were some *tough* conditions – major props on being able to do math at mile 24 AND running the last mile!

  2. Internet ate my comment so I’ll try again! Being able to say you accurately did math at mile 24 of a marathon (let alone a hot one!) is incredibly impressive! Congrats on the finish and enjoy recovery!