Tomorrow is October 1.
1. How the hell did that happen?
2. That means Iâ€™m running a marathon in just 11 days.
I am THIS excited.
(The cool thing about these Nike long runs is that they have a photographer. Perfect for narcissistic bloggers!)
With Chicago just 11 days away, I canâ€™t stop: running, talking about running, thinking about running, dreaming about running, reading about running…
This morning, AshleyÂ met me for another Nike Run Club session. We went from the store at 20th and 5th to the Williamsburg Bridge and back for a total of 5 humid-as-hell miles. Ashley and I split for her to head back to Brooklyn and I chatted with THIS badass womanÂ whoâ€™s running a 100-miler at the end of October. I ran 17 miles last weekend; she ran 50!
Conversely, I also read an interesting piece on Refinery29 in defense of the 12-minute milerÂ and non-competitive exerciser. OK, so maybe I am (too?) competitive with myself, but Iâ€™ll truly never be competitive with others and the most important thing is that youâ€™re moving.Â Thatâ€™s the message with our new product at work, too.
After my run, I had a PT appointment, which meant I got to talk MORE about running with my PT, whoâ€™s proud of my progressâ€¦and that I listened to her. Iâ€™m honestly still really shocked that Iâ€™m actually going to make it to this marathon. I was afraid for much of the summer that I wouldnâ€™t, but Iâ€™m so glad Iâ€™ve made it.
Iâ€™ve hit the stage of my training where I donâ€™t think, I just doâ€¦and now itâ€™s time to run a marathon. I havenâ€™t run a marathon without a time goal since my first (which was also Chicago!), so it will be interesting for me to go out there and just see how I can do. JessÂ doesnâ€™t want me to set a goal, but my running is so motivated by time. I think my loose goal is somewhere between 4:10 – 4:20, which I think is fairly doable, but weâ€™ll see.
Until then, itâ€™s just me and the miles.Â
What motivates you to run / work out?
Alsoâ€¦any of you running Chicago around a 4:15ish goal pace? I might be looking for friends 🙂