After two solid months of training, a 5k and a 3.5 mile race, I was finally ready to tackle a 10k in Wheaton for the Run for the Animals. I had not run a complete 6.2 miles in a year since I ran the Run for the Animals 2022 Edition. My training for this year's race actually consisted of a few "long" runs of 5+ miles. The Sunday before the race, I actually ran/walked 10 miles to Fullerton Ave. beach. Since that didn't kill me, I had some confidence going into the race that I could run the whole thing without stopping.
Monday, June 5, 2023
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
No shake-out run this time. With only three weeks of training, I needed to save strain on my legs and keep them as fresh as possible. I took the dogs for a quick walk and then my dad and I jumped in the car and headed over to the course. Typically we walk over to the race, but we had some errands to run afterwards, so we drove.
|During Mile 1. Can you spot me?|
|About 200 yards from the finish|
Mile 3.16: My only motivation at this point was to try and pass a couple of people who were ahead of me. They were also turning on the jets, so I couldn't quite catch them. We crossed the finish line within a second of each other.
Run for the Animals in June where I'll be the baby in my new age group!
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
I started running again two weeks ago (after a break of about 12 months). I wanted to run our neighborhood 5k which takes place Sunday morning, so I needed to get in shape.
So far I've done quite a bit of run/walking just to get some time on my feet that isn't dog walking. I have yet to run 3.1 miles straight and that may just be my goal on Sunday. Try to run the entire thing without stopping/walking!
|At the "finish line" a couple of weeks before the race.|
|Ran to pick up dinner at the take|
out window at Monti's.
We'll see how it goes and if I can accomplish my goal!
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Flashback: Ten Years Ago Today - Chaos at the 2013 Boston Marathon:
Hard to believe it's been 10 years.
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
After a three year hiatus, I was finally back in Wheaton for the Run for the Animals 10k. I had not run a complete 6.2 miles since the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot back in November. My training for this year's race consisted of a month and a half of three mile daily run/walks and a few weekend seven mile run/walks. I also walked the dogs 2.5 miles a day. So for the four weeks prior to the race, I was at least on my feet and in motion in some capacity for ~30 miles per week. So my main goal was to finish the race without walking. I knew the key to accomplishing this would be a slow first mile or two.
Monday, May 23, 2022
I've actually been running the last month, trying to get ready for a 10k next weekend (6/4). I haven't participated in the "Run for the Animals" since the 2019 event. I think this may be the first year in a long time that it's not part of the CARA circuit. It has been replaced on the circuit with the new Bank of America Half Marathon. Unfortunately both races are on the same weekend. I would have liked to run the new BOA Half since it seems to be a tour de force of the West Side of Chicago, which is a place that I've never raced (although I did run there when I worked in the West Loop). I'm definitely not in half marathon shape right now, so it's probably best that I'm only doing a 10k.
On Sunday, I completed the most miles I've done in a single run since October (7 mile run/walk) and it was spectacular late May weather: ~60 degrees and partly cloudy. I hadn't been on the LFT since the fall, so it was nice to get back out there. I took a few photos.
I'm toying with running a one mile race next Monday (Memorial Day). We shall see....
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Still managing to get in 10 to 15 running miles per week and 20 miles/week dog walking. I think that's my limit right now, and I'm happy with that. Maybe next year those numbers will go up, but those numbers are currently in the sweet spot of getting quality rest while maintaining an above average aerobic capacity.
In any case, I went for a run yesterday morning and caught the sunrise while I was on the "new" North Branch trail.
|Kerry Wood Field|