This weekend I scheduled some upcoming races, and officially began training for my first half marathon this spring. I’m still registering for some of the races because registration fees add up quickly, but it feels great to have a plan!
- Lisle Chamber Spring Sprint 10k – March 9
- Fun Run in Color 5k – April 5
- Foodie 5k – April 12
- The Arbor Day 10k – April 13
- Christie Clinic Illinois Half Marathon – April 26
Longer term race goals:
- Chicago Spring Half Marathon – May 18*
- Michelob Ultra 13.1 Marathon Chicago – June 7*
- Chicago Half Marathon – September 7*
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler – October 4
- Chicago Marathon (lottery permitting) – October 12
- Marine Corps Marathon (lottery permitting) – October 26
Both the Chicago and Marine Corps Marathon are lottery entries, and I’d just be thrilled to just get into one of them.
*Chicagoland Half Marathon Series – 39.3 Challenge: If you run all three Chicago half marathons this year, you receive a special finishers medal for completing the challenge. I love the Chicago races, so I might as well get some extra bling out of it!
Today I went for my first long run of the spring training season. It was a chilly day, but the sun was out and that can make all the difference. Here’s a shot from my favorite park.
Today I had the realization that I wear A LOT of layers. I am definitely not made for winter weather running, but I’m giving in my best shot. Here are all my layers and gear from today.
This spring I’m using the Runner’s World Intermediate Half Marathon Training Plan. I used this plan for the first time last fall for the Madison Half Marathon, and I set a PR of 2:13:07. This year I’d love to break the 2:00 mark.