Log for September 7-9 – Training for Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Goal for the fall and winter marathon season is to break 3:15 for the first time.
- 5.25-Mile Recovery Run – Paxton and I ran the standard Nature Center loop this morning as a recovery from our tempo run on Tuesday. Even though it was a recovery run, we ran it like a slower progression run getting faster every mile. Our splits for the 5 miles were 9:37, 9:08, 9:05, 8:52, 8:18. The temps were still cooler, but not rainy and windy like Tuesday. All-in-all it was a good recovery run.
- Rest – Even though this was not a scheduled rest day, running was just not an option. I had to leave my house at 6am this morning to catch a flight to NYC for work. After finishing our meetings in mid-afternoon, I headed out to Flushing Meadows (Queens) for the US Open tennis tournament. I got there too late to get in for the remainder of the day session, so decided to hang around for the night session which started at 7pm. Unfortunately play was suspended for rain between Federer and Tsonga after only 5 games. The rain delay lasted over 1 1/2 hours which meant I didn’t get back to my hotel until 12:30am. Fun night, but made for a very long day.
- 4-Mile “Barefoot” Run – After getting home from NYC around 8:00pm, I went out for an easy-paced run through Bellevue in my Saucony Hattoris. After taking Thursday off, my legs feel really fresh. This along with cooler temps made for an enjoyable run. However, It was weird to do my normal 4-mile Friday loop without Paxton. Now need to get some sleep to be ready for our 20-mile marathon workout in the morning.