Late 30s husband, father, programmer, and runner.
I don't always run marathons, but when I do, I prefer the Hansons marathon plan.

262 miles for September sets a new high by a couple miles. I ended up trimming 6-7 miles off this past weekend to accommodate the 5K race. Otherwise I got in everything I had planned for my marathon training. I’m definitely ready to scale this back some after race day.
I currently stand at 1640 miles for the year. I’d only need to average 120 miles per month the rest of the way to get to 2000. Should be achievable if I don’t hurt myself somewhere along the way. *crosses fingers and toes*
[Correction: I did miss a 7 mile run on the 5th. Boo.]

262 miles for September sets a new high by a couple miles. I ended up trimming 6-7 miles off this past weekend to accommodate the 5K race. Otherwise I got in everything I had planned for my marathon training. I’m definitely ready to scale this back some after race day.

I currently stand at 1640 miles for the year. I’d only need to average 120 miles per month the rest of the way to get to 2000. Should be achievable if I don’t hurt myself somewhere along the way. *crosses fingers and toes*

[Correction: I did miss a 7 mile run on the 5th. Boo.]

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Last track workout of the Hansons plan. The “strength” portion in the second half has wound its way down to 6x1mi repeats with 400m jog recovery. This kind of workout probably would have scared the crap out of me before I started using the Hansons plan a couple years ago. Now it’s like, “Only 1 mile? No problem!”

This felt so easy compared to prior weeks. Even with the 5K on Sunday, I was blowing through my 6:19/mi target with relatively little effort. Maybe I’ll pay the price for that on Thursday’s tempo run, but for now I’m brimming with confidence for this marathon.

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The first four repeats I hit exactly the same splits at each point - 1:33, 3:05, 4:37, 6:10. For those last two it was still easy taking it down below 6:04. Even with a bunch of crap in lane 1 (again) and a couple other people jogging at the same time.

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elkay723:

A big thank you to seechrisrun for recommending a video on the Chicago Marathon website that I didn’t even know existed. I’m a little anxious about wanting to know the course and this was super helpful.

http://www.chicagomarathon.com/video-gallery/course-preview/

It’s a high speed version of literally the entire course. I’m sure I’ll watch it a million times between now and race day. And it definitely won’t substitute my planned course runs, but it is helpful for the areas I know I won’t get out into.

Thank you, thank you Chris!

In case anyone else hasn’t seen the Chicago course preview yet.

Source: elkay723

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My last crossfit class before the marathon. I’ll skip it next week so I don’t have any long-lasting DOMS on race day. Not usually a problem 6 days later, but you never know what torture the trainer is going to cook up.

Today’s workout was band-heavy, and the sun was pretty strong. Not to mention my poor legs suffering from yesterday’s 5K. I did two rounds plus the first two 30/15 pairs below before time was up.

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The run after was kinda nice. I always dread the 8-milers on crossfit day because another hour of working out after the WOD seems like a lot. I turned my watch so I couldn’t see the time or pace and just went with whatever I could manage. I was feeling a lot better near the end.

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I tell you this new pair of shoes is doing wonders for my sore feet/shins/calves. I fell asleep reading in bed last night and got a rare 9 hours. I then fell asleep on the couch again later this afternoon before I had to leave for work. Can you tell my body is screaming for some rest? Just gotta get through Thursday’s tempo run to the taper holy land.

3rd overall in 17:21. Missed a PR by 3 seconds, but I won $25! I ran my little heart out. I suspect this course isn’t totally accurate for various reasons, but I’ll take it. Feeling strong and healthy.

3rd overall in 17:21. Missed a PR by 3 seconds, but I won $25! I ran my little heart out. I suspect this course isn’t totally accurate for various reasons, but I’ll take it. Feeling strong and healthy.

Today’s race outfit and hopefully the same one I’ll wear for the marathon. I bought the clothes not knowing my next pair of shoes would match so perfectly. It’s a sign, people.

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The schedule called for 12 miles. My wife was at an all-day scrapbooking event, so it was on me to cart the kids around to their stuff. Cross country meet in the morning took up a lot of time. Then home for shower, lunch, haircut, and library. I eventually dropped the boys off at 3pm with some friends at the local festival, and oh yeah I still have to run. I cut it back to 8 miles because I didn’t want to wear myself out totally before tomorrow’s 5K.

I kept the pace light, but was moving faster than I thought at the beginning. Then…those buffalo wings we had at lunch started to burn a hole in my stomach. What was I thinking?? I gutted it out (literally) for a decent pace, but I was certainly glad to be done.

I’ll be sporting my marathon outfit tomorrow for the race. The clothes are new, so I’ve got to give them a test drive. I’ll try to get some pics so anyone spectating at Chicago will know what to look for.

Race is at 9am. Hoping I can bust out a new adult 5K PR. Maybe I’ll be too fatigued for that, but I’ve got a good feeling it’ll be a fast one.

My son’s first big XC meet. They’ve run a bunch of dual meets already, but this was pretty fun. He set a new PR by 15 seconds today (16:36 for 2 miles).

He absolutely loves this. I’m kinda surprised how much. Definitely not the fastest kid, but I can see him working hard and trying to do his best. That’s all that matters.

My son’s first big XC meet. They’ve run a bunch of dual meets already, but this was pretty fun. He set a new PR by 15 seconds today (16:36 for 2 miles).

He absolutely loves this. I’m kinda surprised how much. Definitely not the fastest kid, but I can see him working hard and trying to do his best. That’s all that matters.

  • Question: You may have covered this already but, were you always a runner? If not, when did you start and what was your pace back in the day? You're so fast and inspire me to keep pushing! - runningwhit
  • Answer:

    I touch on it a little in my about me page.

    I’ve been running since I was a kid. Probably around 6th or 7th grade. I ran in high school and did pretty well. 17th in Illinois XC large school division (15:20 for 3 miles) in 1992. State qualifier in the 3200 in 9:37 in 1993.

    I’ve taken some long breaks from running in my adult years. Right after college and also after my youngest was born. My Nike+ data goes back to 2007, which coincides with my most recent return to running. It looks like I started around 9+ minute miles back then.

    The graph I posted earlier this week shows how I’ve steadily increased my monthly mileage since then. Not without its bumps in the road, but I’ve learned a lot from my younger years with the team and my more recent intense marathon training using the Hansons plan.

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Ran after work, and man was I tired when I got home. Bordering on skipping-the-run tired. But of course I went out and felt better after.

One reason I didn’t want to skip tonight’s run was that I needed to break in a new pair of LunarGlides. I had squeezed 525 miles out of my last pair with the hope I could start this new pair close to the marathon. I figure I’ll have about 100 miles on them by race day. Should be nicely broken in by then. Today at least, my joints and tendons were thankful. Shot out of the gate a little too fast, but still feeling pretty light on my toes the rest of the way.