Chicago was an awesome marathon for the three of us.
Dev got her sub 5 PR. Reagan got a 4:36 and I got a 4:43. I was hoping to get it below 4:41 which was my PR last year at the Twin Cities Marathon but it wasn’t meant to be.
One day I would earn that ultimate dream of mine to have a negative split on my marathons. Right now I am just going with the “run as fast as you can” mentality.
But for now I am still enjoying my strategy even though I hate slowing down at the last half.
I was giving a thought about asking one of the really fast pacers about what it would take to get to their level. But I stopped cause I know I wouldn’t be able to handle the answer at least not just yet.
It was almost this time this year when Dev and I caught the running bug. This year we are doing the 10K instead of the 5K though. I can’t believe it’s only been a year. It felt longer than that.
The night before I was still feeling my Achilles and Dev was so concerned that she said that I had to do something about it otherwise she wouldn’t let me run. So we went to the Famous footwear to look for an insert . So we talked to our friend,Mike,a fellow runner who happens to work at the store. He said that my Achilles could be because of the shoe I’m wearing. I also got the same advise from Dr. Abe,our running mentor,He said that we should log our shoe mileage.
So instead of just looking for a shoe insert I ended up buying a shoe. I saw an Asics that was on sale. I tried it on and it was a perfect fit. I also bought the insert.
Race day morning and I was still feeling my Achilles when I got up. We ate our coffee and bagel we bought from Panera. Arrived at the start about 30 min early. It was DST change so we had an extra 1 hour. It also means that the sun is already up early.
I planned to do a run walk just only and thanks to Doc Abe I was able to do it. We did good. I felt the Achilles but it wasn’t a really bad.
I still had to ice it though.
Went to the gym today and tried to run. It felt better. Did about 0.78 miles and I could have gone further but I didn’t want to push it too much.
I also have been doing a lot of eccentric calf raises and also a lot of icing. Overall, I think I am making some progress. The ultimate test is this sundays 10K. If it feels good then maybe I will finish strong if not then I will probably gonna shut it down.
I can’t believe I was able to break the 25 min mark on the 5K. Maybe I was just inspired after we watched the rerun of the Mens Olympic Marathon.
I was out of breath at the last mile but I was able to will myself to finish it. It feels good to be able to accomplished it. Did a 7’53” all the way. God I still can’t believe it.
I felt something on my legs for a while but it went away. I wonder if this would feel the same on the road.
Its less than a month before our second Marathon and I feel that Dev and I are both getting stronger. Hopefully we would do better this time around.
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