Or, am I here. Or something.
I got through a busy and stressful week of work, and now I’m here in Chicago, blogging from bed and blissfully tired now that 94% of my work stress has dissipated and I’m on aÂ little race-cation. Work has been great but intense the past few months and laying in a cushy hotel bed right now is pretty sweet.
I’m trying to focus on appreciating the time off and a weekend away with a friend instead of freaking out.
This morning, Heather and I took a 9am flight out here. Most of the time when I fly, I take an early (6 or 7am) flight to maximize the time, so 9am felt incredibly civilized.
We checked into our hotel, had lunch at the ADORABLE Siena Tavern, and headed to the expo.
I just couldn’t resist this badass black jacket.
AshleyÂ made a great point last week when I ran my half as part of my 19-miler: she said she was really proud of me for how well and smartly I recovered. I’m always really tough on myself, but it is pretty awesomeÂ how I took six weeks off…and still am running this ish on Sunday. (Note: not recommended for your first!)
I’m also so so proud of Heather for making it here. From making it through solo long runs to fighting a calf injury â€” she’s come so far, and I can’t wait to give her a big, proud, sweaty hug on Sunday!
Chicago Links That May Be of Interest
How to Run ItÂ << strategy from Runner’s World’s Coach Jenny
Runner’s Connect Race Guide << super comprehensive
Here’s where I’d usually talk about goals. My training was too short to safely think I have any shot of PR-ing, and I’m not going to try. I’m going to aim for a 9:30-9:45 pace, so I’d like to finish under 4:20. But the one thing this injury has taught me is letting go of time goals, and I honestly will just be happy that I managed to (mostly?) overcome an injury smartly and conservatively andÂ still be able (god willing) to run 26.2 on Sunday.
Who else is running?Â Any final pre-race thoughts for me?!