It sounds so dramatic doesn’t it?!
Just like 2 years ago, I really wanted to go into the city and run my last long run on the Chicago Marathon course.
One week before, the city is already preparing for the big race. And so are many of its inhabitants evidenced by all of the runners out and about today. With on and off again storms, I was a little worried about the weather, but it held out. I drove down to my brother’s condo, picking up one of his friends along the way. She is doing her first marathon this year. We took the bus down to mile 18 in Little Italy. Then started running while my brother biked along with us, carrying water and snacks. We started off speedy and then slowed to a consistent pace. The weather was hot, thick, and humid which made running tough.
We were pretty red and sweaty when we finished just over the Roosevelt bridge running 8.2 miles at an average 8:27 minute pace.
We hopped the red line from the loop back up to Lakeview with a snack and some water. I had lunch plans with a friend in the area, so I showered and hit Southport for some shopping while I waited. I bought an adorable red dress (damn Anthropologie…how I love your stuff) and checked out some cute new winter gear.
The storms found me on my way back home to the suburbs, where I curled up with the kitten for some rest. I’ve got one last week of taper ahead of me before the big day. I’ve only got 3 more short runs and am hoping to use the rest of my ‘free’ non-running time to catch up on sleep. I think I’m as ready as I’m going to be! But I’ll use this last week for some extra mental prep.
Countdown to Marathon Day