The Chicago Marathon is three weeks away! I can’t believe that it’s almost here. My training has gone very well. With one small issue last week with my sciatic nerve. I have had an issue in the past with this, not from running. I made my desk a make shift stand up desk and it got better in a couple of days. I took one extra rest day last week also. It’s the first miles I have missed in 3 training cycles. It was the right thing for me to do. I had no problems on my 8 or 16 mile runs this past weekend.
For this marathon I stuck with my old standby, Hal Higdon Intermediate 1 plan. I have used this plan for my last 4 marathons. I did add the speed work from his advance plan for the first 12 weeks of the cycle which I have never done. I have also been consistently doing cross training and planks/crunches to build my core.
I’m getting excited. I purchased my favorite travel book, Top Ten Chicago. I cancelled my hotel reservation and I’m staying with Jamie in a studio she reserved months ago. It seemed silly to spend so much on a hotel just for me. My sister is running and my niece volunteering in the medical tent. It will be a great weekend.
I have Beat the Blerch Half on Saturday. If I had thought about it I would not have registered for this race, it is too close to my marathon. I will not be racing this. It will be an easy 13 miles. I will be running my last long run, 20 miles on the 27th. Then taper!
In other news we got a puppy last weekend! Cognac is great. I will do a post about him this weekend.
Any must do’s in Chicago? Anyone know a good Italian bakery?