Another Marathon on the Horizon

It’s hard to believe that this coming Sunday, I’ll be running my third marathon (within less than a year)! I wish that I could say I’m going into this race super confident for a big ‘ole PR, but I don’t want to jinx myself. Training was lackluster (per the usual), so I’m hoping just to come in under my 4:37 PR. I think it’s totally doable based on two very important facts (in my eyes): I know I can complete a marathon, and I’m a much stronger runner than I was last time.

Checkout the sweet App you can download for the race!

Even though my training wasn’t any better than it was for the Philly Marathon despite trying to convince myself “this time would be different,” I know that over the course of the last year I’ve become so much stronger as a runner in general. Sure, I may not be strong enough to shave off 30 minutes like I was originally hoping (though my half marathon time will tell you otherwise), but I know that I can beat 4:37 (as long as something doesn’t go horribly wrong).

My plan is to run with a pace group. I’ve never run with a pacer before, but in most races where they are available, I try to keep my eyes on them if possible (this was especially helpful for my half marathon PR). The problem I had running Philly is one that novice marathoners know all too well – I went out too fast, despite feeling great and still being on the “slower side,” and by mile 16 I wanted to be done, and by mile 21 I wanted to cry. This time, I’m hoping that if I’m forced to run slower (they make you wear an extra bib on your back to be a part of the group in this race), I can at least keep it at a more-than-comfortable pace for the first three quarters, and then, if I’m still feeling like it’s easy (as a relative term, of course) I can pick it up and finish strong. Even if I run with the pace group I’m planning to run with the entire time (the reach pace is 4:10 and the hopefully easy option is 4:25), I’ll still tackle a 12 minute PR, which is pretty respectable if you ask me.

Can you tell I’m trying to talk myself into this being a good race? Whatever it takes!

In all seriousness, as we get closer, I’m excited. Truthfully, I was dreading it a few weeks ago, really fearing I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I know better than that – I can do it. It may not be a stellar performance, but I’m running my THIRD marathon! That has to count for something, right? Plus, it’s in one of my favorite cities, and the thought of getting to go there (even if just for a long weekend) makes it all worth it. I can’t wait to devour some cupcakes at Molly’s and probably eat my weight in deep dish pizza.

Alright, who else is running Chicago? 
Any last minute tips/words of encouragement?! 

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12 Responses to Another Marathon on the Horizon

  1. Amelia

    You’re gonna rock!

  2. Amie Leonard

    Heff! Go to Stanleys Kitchen and Tap, i went this week after my first midterm for some comfort food and they claim their homemade mashed potatoes are world famous. It was awesome and a cool setting. if you go when they have karaoke its live band karaoke. I had the fried chicken haha which was amazing which came iwht potatoes which were amazing as well. They also offer milkshakes with your choice of alcohol. I suggest this after your race, but try it out if you have time. GOOD LUCK !!

    • Danielle

      Amie!!!!! Totally forgot you’re in Chi-town. If you’re bored on Sunday morning you should come watch (haha yeah right, you should probably just stay in bed)! Thanks for the suggestion – maybe we’ll have a celebratory dinner there on Sunday night!

  3. You’re going to do great!!!! Have fun and enjoy the race! And enjoy that pizza too! 🙂

  4. Good luck!!! I can’t wait to read the recap!

  5. Kat

    you’ll do great! enjoy the marathon that is Chicago! maybe ill hit 26.2 one day 😉

  6. I ran the RNR half in Chicago a couple years ago and it WAS just as awesome as I figured. I’ve been to that city a lot and having the streets wide open to run down amidst all those awesome buildings was so cool. So excited for you! Can’t wait to see how you do. Eat an extra cupcake for me!

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