Let’s do this.

21 days and 163 miles – these are the two things that stand between me and crossing the finish line of my 10th full, the 2014 Chicago Marathon.

There are lots of emotions zipping around my head and heart these days, but here are a few things that have been banned:

  • Fear.
  • Stress.
  • Negativity.

Yes, the miles have been logged (600+ and counting)- and even if training has not gone exactly as planned, I know that I’m the best me that I can be in this moment. There have been great, confidence-boosting runs, and there have been incredibly frustrating and crappy runs. Some weeks, every workout was punched out, and some weeks, life took over…and although 26.2 miles are definitely not for the weak of heart, I can say, with confidence, that this training cycle has proved, once again, that it is the TRAINING that shows us who we are, and that we are meant to persevere.

Deep thoughts.

I did a simulation run today, with my chosen outfit, and it worked great (except for the soaked shoes – but hey, what can you do about that)? 16 miles, the longest in Hanson’s Marathon Method, cut short by .5 because of blistering (I never blister on my feet, so I thought it’d be best to think of my feet!) and my legs feel great, even with the 50 miles logged between Monday and Saturday. I also practiced this run with no audio – music, podcast, etc. – and it went fine, so I will proceed with my “no music marathon” plan, as I really don’t want to miss a thing during my first Chicago experience!

The Numbers

So, 65 miles – the highest amount of miles I have ever run (previous PDR, 61, last October) this week, pushing my 2014 mileage to 1,202, and my total logged on dailymile to 5,005 (started tracking in December 2010).

Taper Zone Thoughts

  • With this training plan, the taper doesn’t really start til 10 days out, but with my last LR logged, it kind of does feel like a slope down to race day.
  • I’m thirsty.
  • Although I really don’t believe in regrets, I do have one tiny one this marathon training cycle, and that is that I didn’t get to blog enough about it! Well, I know I’ll make up for it with a lot lot lot of post-marathon thoughts, so I think that’ll even it out.
  • I have to go to the bathroom.
  • I know what I am wearing, what gear I am bringing, and now, staking out the course map for more mental preparation.
  • I’m hungry.
  • I am so excited to go back to Chicago.
  • I am so excited to run with Bibrave.
  • And donuts.
  • I am so excited to hang out with Ashley.
  • I’m hungry.
  • Is it time to go to Chicago yet?

What are your best tips for mental preparation for a marathon?




  1. Congrats on an awesome week and a PDR!!! Woo hoo. You are ready lady! I typically do a 2-week taper as well. I will begin lowering my weekly mileage this week but will still run an 18-miler this weekend and then 8 the weekend before the race. I can’t wait to be on fresh legs and to see you in Chicago. Keep kicking butt these last 3 weeks! (And I love that you have banished fear from your mind!) xoxo

    • SOOO excited!! :D:D You should come to the shake out run on Sat with us if you are available! I will invite you on FB.

  2. Totally know how you feel. My NYC training has been up and very, very down at times. I think it’s impossible not to feel a twinge of fear and doubt, even when training goes perfectly and your legs have hit the times and distances before. I just tell myself that I’ll channel all that energy into fast energy on race day!

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