4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

19 Days to the Chicago Marathon

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19 days to the Chicago Marathon!  And I have a lot to talk about today…

1) Mostly had a rest day yesterday, after the 20 miles on Sunday.  Felt good, no unusual pain or difficulties.  I did have a softball game last night, which was fantastic.  I had a particularly good game and great contributions to help my team to a hard-fought 6-3 win.  In fact, I ran the bases 3 times without injury and was able to turn on the ‘burners’ when needed.  Playing softball does worry me, and has caused me problems in the past, in the hip and/or groin area, due to the cutting and sprinting and sudden movements.  However, yesterday was just very fluid, natural, and injury free!

2) Followed that up with a nice bike ride this morning.  Still in recovery mode from the 20 and did not want to run.  A nice easy bike ride was, however, perfect.  9.9 miles around the Manhattan greenways, cutting across 20th St.  So flat terrain, no hills.  The ride did not tax my sore muscles, although I felt it in my quad in the last miles.  My legs are still a bit sore today, but I plan an easy recovery type run tomorrow, and then hopefully some harder runs through the weekend, before my taper technically begins.

3) Last night, I received in the mail my Chicago confirmation and guidebook.  I honestly was not caring about this at all, and had internally been scoffing at the people posting their MCM bib numbers, as if it really means anything other than artificial early excitement so far from the race.  However, I have to say, I got caught up myself, as my bib number is awesome, for ‘me’…  My number is 11971.  Really just an ordinary number, until you consider that my birthday is 1/9/71, and so this is about as perfect a number as I can get.  1971 is my birth year, 1-1971 is my birth month and year.  If you exclude the first 1, 1-9-71 is my birth date.  And, to top if off, my mother-in-law’s birthday is 11/9!  So, I am viewing this as good karma, and the first sign that my Chicago Marathon experience will be awesome!

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Written by SCL

September 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Posted in bike, Chicago Marathon

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  1. great karma! i’m loving it!!!


    September 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  2. i did the same thing when I got my Chicago bib #…immediately obsess about any hidden meanings in the number 🙂

    happy tapering!! 🙂


    September 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

  3. Holy awesome number! That’s the running gods way of saying ‘We are on your side!’ 🙂


    September 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

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