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Posted by D Wagner May 30, 2010

The week of May 2nd was my last official "maintenance" week before officially beginning marathon training. I got in 1 strength training day along with a total of 14 miles that week. I seemed to still be in a funk that week. I couldn't seem to mentally engage in the runs. I struggled through them all and started to question my love for the sport.


The week of May 9th I found my zen again! I had a great 8 mile run at the State Park, I-podless, and feeling great. My mother-in-law rode her bike as I ran and I had an extra sense of security. I had a smile on my face throughout the whole 8 miles. It was great!!! I got in 1 strength training day and a total of 4 days of running. This week also marked the start of my "official" marathon training. I ran in Chicago Saturday morning with Chicago Endurance Sports which is the group I decided to train with through my marathon. It was a great first experience! I met some great people and look forward to running with them.


The week of May 16th I got in a total of 13.5 miles and 2 days of strength training. It was a great week and I stayed right on track. I completed a 6 mile run with CES and loved every second. There is something magical about running along the Chicago lakefront early on a Saturday morning. I am definatly happy with my decision to join CES!


The week of May 23rd was an OK week of training. I took 3 rest days and got in 1 day of strength training along with a 30 minute EZ run. I ran the Solider Field 10 mile race yesterday and had tons of fun! My official time was 1:37:44 which is a 9:47/min/mile pace. I was more aiming for a 9min pace but I still felt great about my accomplishment. I only stopped to take some fluids and did not stop to walk. It was a really well organized race and I was proud to have my husband and mother-in-law there cheering me on.


I am happy with my progress towards the marathon so far. I have learned so much already. The most important lesson I have learned so far is the value of "The Stick". I have very tight leg muscles that have led to some setbacks throughout my running and I have learned the necessity to not only stretch but also to "roll out" my muscles on a daily basis whether I exercise or not. The Stick has been my lifesaver. If any of you have not tried it and suffer from stiff, tight muscles I highly recommend it!


Happy Running!

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D Wagner

D Wagner

Member since: Nov 20, 2009

My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!

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