There’s a quote – ” A marathon is hundreds of miles. The finish, that’s the last 26.2 miles. ~ Unknown”
Yesterday we started working towards our goal of completing the 2017 Chicago Marathon as members of Team Up Chicago, raising funds for Autism Speaks. This will be Travis’ eighth marathon and Jen’s first.
We hope to share our training with you here through weekly updates and our new series – Jen’s Journey to 26.2.
Here are some thoughts from both of us as we begin training:
Travis: I’ve been back to running for a month following recovery from a spring surgery. My build-up in distance is less than I wanted, but my pace is finally back to average. I’ll be using an ‘advanced’ training plan again this year. Don’t let the title fool you, I’m far from advanced, but I like the difficulty of it. Chicago is my only 26.2 race this year so I’m excited to focus my energy on setting a new personal best on the streets of Chicago on October 8th.
My quote comes from Psalm 26:2 — “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind”
Jen: After Syracuse I backed way off on my mileage and focused on building strength for a bit. My hope was that if I really focused on that cross training element that it would help me avoid another injury like last fall’s. Along with training for Chicago, I’m running Ragnar Adirondacks this fall (it’s two weeks before Chicago so I’m using it as one of my last long runs. My legs will be about 13 miles total.). I’ve been building my mileage back up again and am ready to head towards the start line this fall!
Quote — “Hold the vision. Trust the process.”
We know it won’t be easy. We know we will struggle. But we also know we are committed, disciplined, and ready to persevere. Here’s to 18 weeks of training!
And we’re off.