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Chicago Marathon Training 2016: Putting It All Out There

Welcome to the first week of Chicago Marathon training 2016! In my past training cycles, I’ve listed at least 3 goals for the race. After talking about this with a fellow runner at length, I realized that part of the reason why I set multiple goals is to avoid feeling disappointed with myself if I don’t meet my “A goal.” When I don’t meet my ultimate A goal, having back up B, C, and even D goals was a form of protection for me… A shield from judgment from others and even from myself. This time is going to be different. I’m only going for ONE goal. I thought it through, and not meeting this goal isn’t going to break me. And going for one goal and one goal only will probably motivate me to give training my all. It’s time to be honest about what I really want for myself.

In 2016, I hope to PR my marathon time. That’s right, the marathon time that I set in 2012 and ran 18 minutes slower than in 2015. I will run the marathon in under 4:32:57. It’s quite the big goal, but I want to live a great life and accomplish huge things. How will I do that by limiting myself to 4 achievable goals? Why not lay it all on the line and really go for a PR?? I’m ready for it this time πŸ™‚ Here is what I did during my final “pre-marathon training” week:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3.5 mile run

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 mile run

Friday: Some body weight exercises!

Saturday: 5 mile run

Sunday: 5 mile walk on a beautiful trail πŸ™‚

One final thing for those of you in Chicagoland – if you remember a post from about a month ago, I’m a Women’s Health Action Hero! Β This opportunity involves promoting the Run 10 Feed 10 race here in Chicago.

The even more exciting news is that I have a $5 off code for all of you to use. Your registration for the race will feed 10 meals to local people in need in addition to you guys getting to run a 10k race πŸ™‚ Register HERE with code WHERICKSON for $5 off. I hope you guys consider registering! This race is for such a good cause and will be so much fun!!

Have you ever set a big scary goal? Are you going to Run 10 Feed 10 with me?!