Yesterday turned out to be quite an action packed day.
Chicago hosted some unseasonably warm temps yesterday that made the afternoon perfect for my return back into speed work. After 2 months of rest and base building miles only, I ventured back into quick running with 2x2 miles @ my current HMP (6:40ish miles).
Wasn't quite sure how this workout was going to pan out, but I actually felt really strong and relaxed. When I first start a new cycle, it usually takes me some time to figure out how to push through the speed but yesterday I felt surprisingly strong and ready to take on this workout. I started a bit conservatively and was running into the wind for the first portion of the workout and then had the wind at my back for the tail end of the tempo, which gave me a little extra assistance. While my splits were all over the place, I felt in control the entire time where my stride was relaxed hosting a smooth cadence and the breathing was under control.
This workout was just a benchmark for me to figure out where my current fitness level is in relation to where I'm headed this spring. Feeling pretty positive about the weeks and months to come and I'm more then ready to tackle another cycle.
|Abdi and race director Carey Pinkowski|
Later in the evening, Fleet Feet Chicago was hosting a Chicago Marathon 2012 launch party that the hubby and I attended. Abdi Adirahman was a special guest for the evening where he spoke with the massive crowd of people for a bit and then accompanied us all on a 3 mile fun run. Unfortunately for me Abdi's fun run pace is a bit quicker then my own, so I kept company with the hubby for the run and caught up with Abdi post run.
|My new elite runner BFF|
To top off the wonderful day I had yesterday, the hubby and I both registered for the 2012 Chicago Marathon.
D hasn't run a marathon since 2006, so this is an exciting adventure for both of us as we are looking forward to many runs together this summer and hopefully stretching across that finish line hand and hand in October.
I also won an entry into the race day VIP hospitality tent.
Not sure what this entails, but anything with the term VIP has me sold.
Chicago Marathon 2012 registration opens to the public today at 12 pm, who's signing up?