4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

6 Days to the Chicago Marathon

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6 days to the Chicago Marathon!  And I was way too busy today to write up my race report from yesterday.  Maybe I’ll start on the report tonight and try to get it finished tomorrow.

The news to report is that I finished 25 out of 27 in my age group (M 35-39 was actually the largest age group in the race), and I really could not care less.  (I was 120 out 155 overall).  It only encourages me that I have so much farther to go, if I want to work at it in the coming years.  So much room for improvement.  It really is amazing, and inspiring, to me how hard core the triathlon folks are.  The swim was (thankfully) short enough to not be much of a factor in my losing time to others, but I felt like I had a pretty strong bike and run, and yet virtually all of my competition blew me out of the water.  The men 40 and older started out a good 10 minutes after I did, and by the later part of the bike and during the run, those guys were just blowing by me.  So inspiring!

Now, trying to take stock of my legs, and my recovery.  I’m definitely sore in a lot of places, but not badly.  In fact, I’m much less sore than I’ve been after long runs.  I will probably do a recovery run tomorrow morning, just to see how things are feeling.  I think I have enough days left to get in a couple of easy runs (Tue, Thur, Sat?), and let my body heal up to be reasonably fresh on Sunday.  My back is still not 100%, but it doesn’t seem any worse, and I’ve got the rest of the week for that to also to continue to heal.

I think the most exciting thing for me at this stage is watching everyone else get excited about their final preparations, and the race, on Twitter, DailyMile and various blogs.  I love how it seems like there are so many of us from NYC making the trip west.  Looking forward to planning out my own logistics now, the fun stuff!

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Written by SCL

October 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Posted in Chicago Marathon

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