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And So It Begins…

Today was my first official marathon training run! Granted, it was only 3 miles, but I still feel like I’ve accomplished something. In 18 short weeks—well, ok probably more like 18 grueling, intense, potentially hot weeks—I should be ready to take the starting line at the Chicago Marathon. (I’m doing Hal Hidgon’s Novice 1 training plan for anyone interested.)

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While I’m not exactly looking forward to those 10+ mile Saturday morning runs, I kind of like the structure of knowing what workout I’ll be doing on which days. I think pushing through all those miles is going to be just as hard (if not harder) mentally as physically. Those of you who know me know I’m not exactly a patient person…

But I’m also hoping to use the training to travel a bit—I think I’m going to sign-up for the Vineyard to Bay 25K in Traverse City, Michigan! I’m sure I’ll be sick of Chicago’s Lakefront Path come August, so it’ll be fun to run through the vineyards and sneak in a day or two of vacation time right around my birthday.

Brooks: Check. Yurburds: Check. Foam roller: Check. Protein powder: Check.

Let’s do this thing.

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3 thoughts on “And So It Begins…

  1. Good job! I just started training as well, but it’s for a half-marathon (will be my 6th) in September. Is this your first marathon? I want to tackle one so badly, and I’m planning on next spring once I’ve been consistently logging miles for a few months. Best of luck!

    PS You should share a good protein shake recipe. I recently bought some soy chocolate and whey vanilla, but I don’t know what to mix them with! 🙂

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