This morning I ran one of my favorite races, one I keep coming back to year after year, the George Washington Parkway Classic, a 10 mile race put on by local DC running store/empire Pacers. I did this race for the first time back in 2012, then again in 2013 and again in 2014. I took off in 2015 because I was in Paris getting engaged. #sorrynotsorry. As I’ve written about before, my times happened to get slower and slower each year. UNTIL THIS YEAR!!!!
Last week (yeah, the one that ended four days ago — I’m late! Sorry!) was just OK in terms of fitness progress… TONS of things going on at work that had me a bit stressed at times and interfered with my desire to sleep and/or go to Orangetheory. BUT! I also found out that I got in to the CHICAGO MARATHON (!!!!) through the lottery. I’ve been wanting to do this race for YEARS but for various reasons haven’t made it happen. 2016 is the year! So I’ll wait to check off Oregon (my backup plan) and instead get ILLINOIS. Shockingly, I have never been to Chicago. I don’t even think I’ve flown through Chicago… CRAZY. As soon as I found out I was picked (which was right when I woke up because the Chicago people, unlike the NYC people, are merciful and send you a nice notice at 4:30 am instead of making you check your credit card statement a million times a day), I booked a non-refundable hotel for race weekend and made this this official. So… as some of you may know, Chicago is a pretty fast course. Which has me thinking… This is probably a good time to get a new PR and see how far I am from a BQ time… BUT FIRST! Vermont City Marathon. So here’s what I did this past week… Continue reading