Chicago Marathon Unleashed!

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I ran Chicago this weekend. My goal: 3:25.  My actual race time:  3:23:39.

This is HUGE for me as I have been trying to hit 3:25 for 5 and a half YEARS to no avail.  I’ve come close several times.  But today I sealed the deal.

My mantra throughout?  I am strong, I am in control, and I am seriously kicking @ss.  Today is my day.

And it was.

I logged a 2 minute 33 second PR.  Yes, I am counting seconds.  Because I ran thousands of miles and worked hard for those 153 seconds.  You can never give them back to me.

I learned a lot along the way too because I took a very different approach this time.  More on that……

For now, many, many thanks to our readers and Salties that followed me.  It was awesome to know you were with me during this milestone.

Yeah, I am looking at you! Thanks for your support for this race!
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Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is so awesome!!! I am SO happy for you!! I have enjoyed all your training posts up to this point and know how hard you worked for that PR!! Enjoy basking in your glory:)!!

  2. Way to go Mint! Huge congrats! It was a good day in Chicago for me as I finally got the BQ I’ve gone for a few years too! although i was hoping for 330 or under and ran 332 I’ll take it as its a 12 min PR! Congrats again and thanks to all the posts and advice!

  3. Way to go! It was the weekend of PR’s. I ran my first marathon this spring and it was awful! Lots of reasons (fast start, warm temps, fear of the unknown). I hit the wall around 16 and it was just miserable after. I finished in 4:49. I had a goal of 4:30, but more than anything I just wanted to have fun. After some encouragement from my awesome run club, I decided to give it another try and run Twin Cities. My goal this time was to make 4:30 and to not want to physically hurt innocent spectators in the last 6 miles. I not only crushed my goal with a 4:19, but I LOVED this race! The people were amazing, I felt strong and didn’t hurt any innocent spectators. So glad I gave it another chance. I am converted and can’t wait to run another one (or 2) next year!

    1. That is so awesome Rachel! Congrats! There really is nothing better than the feeling of running a great race. Cheers to crushing our goals this weekend!

    1. Haha – thanks. I actually laughed at myself when I first said it (in my head), but then I thought – hey – this is great and it stuck. It worked well for me!

  4. Congrats on CRUSHING that PR!!! And heck yeah, you can count seconds, even hundreths of seconds. .01 meant an additional gold medal for Michael Phelps in ’08. It only takes one second to break a course record. And, seconds matter for my husband’s friend, who qualified for the ’12 Olympic Trials by running 1:04:59 for a half marathon when the standard was 1:05:00. Hope you treated yourself to something wonderful!!!