Wow, great work. Now imagine ... likely cooler weather, easily accessible water along a closed, flat course with thousands of others also running adding motivation/energy at RACE PACE (not a Sunday LSD with a friend, albeit the speedy Hansel).
YOU GOT THIS!!!!
Thanks guys. I plan to give it a good go. Garmin, my bipolar pal, predicts a 2:53. Would love a 9 minute pb with no speed work. That'd be something.
Keep us posted with info to follow your race. If Garmin is right, we won't have to watch you for very long.
Yes I'm sure there's something like Boston has.
I've given all of this a lot of thought as I'm sure we can all imagine.
Garmin is certifiably incorrect misinformed and categorically wrong about my potential marathon time. Times a hundred. Probably off by at least 20 minutes on a good day.
It's possible that I could run at a BQ pace for a while but I've got nothing in terms of real data to indicate that I can do it for long enough to actually qualify. But it is totally related to my one injury. If I can get over that and do the training correctly I'm confident that I would be fine.
I've also been reviewing my training volumes year over year and 2017 is pretty good next to my faster race times for time, mileage and strength. But it's the speed work and quality that is not there this time. That's huge. And yet I still feel pretty good when not inhibited by injury pain on the left side.
After running with super on the weekend (and a few other times this year) I'm going to say his actual going to be somewhere right in the middle of the slightly optimistic Garmin and slightly pessimistic Super.
I'm betting sub 3:10. Race day conditions can do wonders!
There is a Chicago marathon app you can track runners with. I would imagine they extend the functionality onto their website too?
I'll post it here to make it easy to find on race weekend.
pace: optimistic garmin > toodle > pessimistic super
How's your expected pace compared with our run at Boston? That was no killer, but just over what I'm guessing is your BQ of 3:15 for 40-44.
I tanked in Boston because I was way underprepared. Like no running as opposed to this go round where I've done quite a bit but not a lot of quality. My 3:43 (!) there is the main reason I'm willing to try it again - because I'm sure I can do better or at least feel better as I do it casually.
So I'm hoping it'll be better than that but I worry about a similar scenario - I was walking on Boylston street.
3:10 has been the target for Chicago to build in the necessary buffer for the Boston entry process.
Sorry, we were on track at Boston for 3:20, and I think that's what I was referring to.
No worries dude. That is the run I want to have there, just not the reality for me. Funny aside, I put the Boston 26.2 sticker on my car when I got back. At TNT one night shortly thereafter I got flamed by Hans who said hmm, 26.2? Shouldn't that read 3:40:xx or something? Thanks coach...
And you're right about the early pacing too.
Hmm, I'm betting reality may be better than you're talking here. My money's on a BQ.
How many more weeks to go?
And I hope part of your training plan is re-watching The Blues Brothers.