The Chicago Marathon is in a little over 4 months. That seems pretty far away, but my training plan is for 18 weeks so marathon training actually starts today. It's been marked on my calendar since February when I signed up. Feels really sweet that it's finally here.
I've mentioned before that I really want to break 1:50 in a half marathon. This is a little problematic since the marathon training that I'm using offers no speedwork. I'm pretty sure speedwork is what enabled me to run my 1:54.
So I'm combining Hal Higdon's half marathon intermediate plan with the marathon intermediate 1 plan. Basically adding in the midweek speedwork (and maybe some hills?). I only planned it up to the my half marathon on week 7 though and we'll see after that. Technically I'm supposed to do a half on week 9, but is anyone really able to coordinate the races exactly anyway? And I have another half marathon scheduled for week 14. Hmm. Maybe it will be possible break 1:50 at one of those? The second one in September seems more likely since it might not be as hot. But the D corral at the Chicago Marathon might already be full at that point..
Also, the 18-week plan is kind of a countdown in itself. The Chicago Marathon is about two months before James gets home. Crossing off each of these workouts is gonna be awesome.
Ready.. set.. go!