It all started the week of August 11th with seven short runs, followed by a 10 miler by the lake:
|Made it to the lake and back in mid August for my first "long" run!|
Another handful of runs this week, each a little bit longer than the previous week, including this awesome run:
|Fleet Feet Pint Night Run #2|
I got in my first track workout of the marathon cycle. I actually only did my traditional half marathon interval workout that day, but baby steps were in order.
|At the newly renovated NPU track for my first track workout|
September got off to a rough start with a miserable, humid run by the lake. To top things off my Garmin also deleted the run data after I was finished.
|Wurst Run Ever|
I ran my first 16 miler solo this week. However, as I was running it, I bumped into another runner who was doing his 16 miler as well.
|Me and Declan|
Besides getting my profile in the Chicago Tribune's marathon section this week, I ran a refreshing 18.5 miles in two separate runs on a rainy Sunday.
|Best run(s) ever!|
|Oktoberfest 5k (src)|
My second and final 16 miler took place this week and this time I ran the entire distance with Declan. We knocked out the run in a little over 2 hours. 'Twas a great day for run by the lake.
|Second 16 Mile Run|
My mileage started to drop this week for my taper, but my speed increased. I ran an 11 miler at just over 7:00/mile on a beautiful Sunday morning.
|Another perfect day for a run in paradise|
The final week before the marathon began with an eight miler at an easy pace with Declan and Annabelle. As cool kids do, we color coordinated our outfits:
|Lookin' good in blue!|
So, there you have it, a depiction of my marathon journey. Speaking of journeys, I think I heard a wise man once say that "it's not the destination, but the journey." Allow me to spin it my way Mr. Wise Man: "The marathon finish line is one awesome destination, but the journey getting there ain't too bad either." Don't stop believin'.