Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Boring Title Thursday Post

Combining Wednesday and Thursday posts into one simply because I didn't have enough for blog post on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday: Hanson Marathon Method called for an easy 7 miles. Tuesday night I was thinking of sleeping in and doing the run in the afternoon with the jogging stroller, but I checked the weather and saw scattered showers possible and didn't want to miss my run due to rain with the kid. At least I got to sleep until 4:20am! Got out the door at 4:50 and start trotting along... and woah are my legs tired.

(Writer's note: As everyone in Chicago experienced, it did end up raining like the end of days, so good call on my end to run early!)

The short recovery period between Monday and Tuesday's runs finally took its full toll on me this morning. Thankfully I had no pain to start, but my first mile was like a 9:50, but after stretching and getting going I at least did the rest of my miles under 9.  I was in no rush and didn't want to push my body to do anything on an easy day.  I did have some periods of aches, fatigue, and tightness in the legs, but I expect that with this plan and knowing I have kinks to work out with therapy.

Physical Therapy went well, most of my complaints seem to stem more off fatigue on my strained muscles than the actual strain themselves. Still some wincing knots, but progress is good.

Thursday - Rest Day.

Here are a couple more photos from Pete @ The Lakefront Trail:


Your Thursday Motivation:

And for those days when you have a bad run/work out, just remember:
Yesterday while at therapy I saw the official program for the Chicago Marathon! I was pretty excited. I'm not sure if they have been out long, but I snagged one and felt proud:

And are you feeling short on freedom? Read this red, white, and blue interaction at Five Guys:

Training Chatter:

Tomorrow is my first of three 13 mile Friday runs with 10 miles at marathon pace. The biggest concern after my rehab is getting the feel for my pace again.  I had it down pretty well pre injury, now its more of an accordion style run, constantly trying to speed up/slow down until I hit the zone late in the run.  I'm going to go back and try counting my steps which tends to end up in my marathon pace.


Happy Friday Eve!


  1. Glad you were able to squeeze in your run before the end-of-days rain we had/are having. Cool that the marathon programs are out. I need to swing by the Park District and see if they have any. I did not "snope" the Five Guys story, but am just a tad skeptical of it because american fast food (with unlimited toppings and free refills) has infiltrated almost every country in the world in the last 30 years. That Australian guy really must have been from the far reaches of the Australian Outback! Although the story still did help refill my freedom levels, thanks! :) Anyway, maybe I'll see you tonight at the Oktoberfest 5k?

  2. I hope so! I need to find some poster board or something for the Wurst Sign ever!

  3. Maybe draw a delicious looking sausage and hold your sign by the finish line in order to motivate us to finish fast!

  4. Or just this

  5. So the Five Guys blurb...cute story, but all that was going through my head while reading it was "I come from the land Down Under" and "He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich"

  6. Good call on running yesterday morning and then taking today as a rest day. So much rain! Good luck tomorrow!

  7. That flowery, inspirational quote is really important to remember. Well, for me to remember. Since this is all about me and my running efforts.

    Fatigue seems a little better than strain, right? Hopefully today's rest helps, good luck tomorrow! I'm sure you'll find your groove again eventually.

  8. I see a present but no wurst!

  9. It's been so tricky avoiding rain. I actually ran at 3pm today and was successful! Usually it is best to go early before the rain.

  10. Avoiding lightening is a bit trickier!