Re-Evaluating Goals & Chicago [Week 5]

Happy Monday! I hope you guys all had a fantastic weekend… I sure did 🙂 I went camping with my boyfriend’s softball team for a tournament. The weekend was filled with lots of softball, camp fires, too much sun, laughs, and most importantly -> friends! I’m thankful that the team is made up of such an awesome group of guys but even more thankful that they have kick ass girlfriends! Shout out to the Moonshine Bandits, you guys kicked butt!

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Since the weekend was jam packed, absolutely no running took place. This is my own fault. I had my running gear packed to get out there on Saturday morning but it just didn’t happen. I was planning on leaving after the first game on Sunday so I could get home to do my long run but that didn’t happen either. I didn’t leave because I wanted to cheer the guys on as I had a feeling they would make it all the way to the finals. As Sunday went on, I was sitting on the sidelines & feeling guilty about not getting my long run in. I started thinking about my marathon goals for the rest of the year and realized they needed to be re-evaluated. I knew this was necessary in order for me to achieve them so I’m okay with it… kinda. I’m disappointed in myself that I haven’t been sticking to my plans like I said I would. However, I’m proud of myself for taking action now to rearrange my goals so that I can achieve them still.

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My original goal for the Chicago Marathon was to run a 4:30. At this point in time, being 9 weeks out from race day… I just don’t see it happening. My new goal for Chicago is to run anything better than a 4:57. This will still allow for a PR. With that said, my other new goal is to run a 4:30 at the Philadelphia Marathon instead! I will just use Chicago as a practice run, literally. I’ve been running both all along but was just going to have fun (if this is your version of fun) with Philly so I could mark PA off the 50 States list & hopefully run anything better than a 4:57. Since Philly is just 6 weeks after Chicago, this will give me 6 more weeks of training as of yesterday -> I need these extra weeks in order to achieve my goal. So, I’m switching them around. Simple as that. There’s no reason to be that disappointed in myself as long as I still achieve my goals. I know it’s only up to me.

I haven’t talked to my coach about this re-evaluation yet but I don’t see him having any problem with it. He’s here to help me after all. I want to see what he thinks about changing my training plan but I’m thinking we will end up sticking to the same one but maybe just switching some long runs around.

Bottom line: I will run a 4:30 marathon by the end of the year!


Chicago Training – Week 5

  • Monday –Rest Day
  • Tuesday –6 miles + 20 min tempo
  • Wednesday –5 easy miles: It started to pour around mile 3.5 of this run aka I got soaked.
  • Thursday –1 mile warm up – 6 x 800 – 1 mile cool down: this is my favorite type of speed work!
  • Friday –I didn’t run… (supposed to be 6 miles)
  • Saturday –I didn’t run… (supposed to be 5 miles)
  • Sunday –I didn’t run… (supposed to be 15 miles)

TOTAL WEEK 5 MILEAGE = 16 MILES

(SHOULD HAVE BEEN) TOTAL WEEK 5 MILEAGE = 42 MILES

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  1. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor says:

    I totally know what you’re going through. I’ve had to reevaluate my own goals after more than one missed long run and embarrassingly low mileage weeks lately. It is disappointing, but there will always be other races, and it can be such a relief to just take the pressure off. It sounds like the timing of Philly is perfect for you to nail your goal!!

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    1. It is very disappointing but I still want that 4:30 so bad so I knew I needed to re-evaluate. It was such a relief when I said out loud that was my new plan. I’m my own worst critic so I need to just get over it and work harder! Good luck with your new goals!!

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  2. Amy Lauren says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t get your training runs in! But I don’t blame you to reevaluate your goals and especially with several marathons so close together. Just make sure you recover well from Chicago and actually take it easy (sometimes we say that but then we get to the race and the urge to run fast hits). It sounds like you had fun camping and at the softball tournament too!

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    1. I know I’ll need to actually take it easy for Chitown- race brains always tends to take over!!! I hope you had a nice weekend as well!

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  3. I think it’s a great idea to reevealuate your goals this far out! Chicago will be a great chance for you to practice fueling and pacing for Philly to ensure you hit your goal for that. I think you’re making a smart decision and I hope the remainder of your training goes to plan 🙂

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    1. Exactly my thinking! Thank you!!

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  4. Re-evaluating is part of the mental training I think. At least you are being realistic and honest with yourself. I am sure you will do great!

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    1. I agree. I knew I needed to be realistic about what was going on! Thank you 🙂

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  5. Ben Edwards says:

    Great blog! Will follow. Could you check mine out and follow! https://78milesandcounting.wordpress.com/ 🙂

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