Monday, May 23, 2011

Week 1

Chicago marathon training starts today for me.

Today. Wow.

I went to the Chicago Endurance Sports kickoff meeting on Sunday. Got my training program and listened to the coaches talk about CES. I also enjoyed listening to Carey Pinkowski speak about the marathon. When he took over as race director in 1989,there were about 3500 people in the race, 3% women. Fast forward to today- he said the race sold out in 30 days this year- 45,000 participants- and the most amazing part- 56% women!

The meeting was long- about 1.5 hours and it was definitely geared towards the novice runner. There were mentions of nip guards, proper sports bras, the importance of body glide, don't wear cotton clothes (it absorbs 7x its weight in liquid) and the don't buy the most expensive/ or pretty running shoes- always good to hear again.

So tonight after work begins my journey to 10/9/11. I'm excited to start training with the group in a few weeks. I'm going to miss the first group run on 6/4 due to the 13.1 Chicago. But I'll join them for the rest of the group runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

This week I'm most looking forward to running the Soldier Field 10 where I'll finish on the 50 yard line where da bears play.

Running changes everything!

What was the highlight of your weekend?



  1. Woo Hoo! Good luck with your Chicago marathon training!

  2. Good luck with your training. We are starting our 3rd week of our training for Chicago. It seems like forever away, but will be here before we know it I'm sure!

  3. I can't believe that it is already Chicago marathon season! Eeek, you are 10 steps ahead of me already. I haven't worked on a training plan yet, or really even thought about this race.

    Excited for the Soldier Field 10, hopefully it will be beautiful weather and that I will see you there!

  4. Girl I'm starting a marathon training program on June 4th too!

    Ours meets every Saturday and it's for the Richmond Marathon in November. It's my first marathon, I'm really excited about it.

  5. The weather in Chicago does sound crazy :). It's always the same here...I've gotten used to it, but I could go for a little variety here in socal!
    Crazy it's already Chicago marathon training time. I did it in 2009 and it was a freaking amazing experience. =)