I ran the Chicago Marathon this weekend (once again!) and had a lot of fun. It was a hot race, as Chicago has been famous lately for, but I was still able to improve on my post knee surgery times and inching closer to my old times little by little. Managed 4:58:51, an 11 minute post surgery "PR" and closer to my best times of 4:34, which I have not been even able to see in 2+ years. I really didn't expect to see a 4 until later this year, if at all, so I was really happy to have managed to break 5 hours once again.
As every year in the last five (5) years, I ran one of my favorite races in my favorite city. The Chicago Marathon is an amazing race and I noticed that from the first time I ran the course (I DNFd that year) and every year since. I am going for legacy status so that I can get guaranteed entry and I am one year short of it, so I hope to complete it next year (hoping they don't change the rules, ha).
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Last Saturday, I ran the Indy Monumental Half Marathon with my husband. Coming from two weekends of marathons, I thought it would be a nice break to run it with my husband and taking it easy. We had a great trip and had a great time at the race, coming in two minutes slower than his HM PR from Seattle earlier this year.
I had run the Indy Marathon last year with my BFF Mary and we had a great time, but I had a tough time during the marathon with my asthma and my medication side effects (exhaustion, weight gain, etc.) that I did not have at all this year. However, I did not want to run another marathon (well, I did, but mentally I needed a break) before Space Coast later this month, so taking it easy and running the half worked perfectly.
When we looked for flights to Indy, the flights were pretty expensive (contrary to last year), so we started looking for airports nearby. We remembered that Fiona the Hippo was already a sensation at the Cincinnati Zoo, so we checked flights to C…
Today, I raced the Flanigan's Rockin' Rib Run 10K in Davie, Florida.
It's been forever since I have raced a 10K, so why the hell did I decide to run one now? I don't even know the answer to that, but it happened. The race has been ongoing for the last five years, but I have been running the Space Coast Marathon in the last five years so I never thought of racing a 10K the week before a marathon. Who knew it would be this much fun?
I had forgotten this race was around until I saw the race post sponsored by FB on my news feed. All I read was Flanigan's ribs and beer and I was hooked. But first, I checked to see if the weather would be at least OK (we are normally hot still in November and the last four years have not been kind to us), and it looked like the morning of the race would be in the high 60s so I registered before it would sell out (it does every year). It cost $45 at the time I registered and it included a pre-race backpack, pictured here: