Shamrock Shuffle: a disappointing PR

The last few years the Shamrock Shuffle 8K has been my first race of the year. It marks the unofficial start of the running season in Chicago, so it seems fitting. I like running it because each year I PR which makes me feel good about the training I've done in the off season. I … Continue reading Shamrock Shuffle: a disappointing PR

I ran the Shamrock Shuffle… Now want to talk about it.

Remember that 80 degree last Sunday when 45,000 runners look over the loop? Well I was one of them.It was my first start of the season and I was pumped! I somehow qualified for corral B, which psyched me out a bit. Usually I'm placed in Corral Q or somewhere waaay back there. So it … Continue reading I ran the Shamrock Shuffle… Now want to talk about it.

Bad training decisions can be painful!

Mooseman 70.3 -- 59 days away.  This is the final stretch of training to get me as ready as possible for this race. I'm dialed in on each workout like it's the one that will make or break me on race day. So Tuesday when I forgot my running shoes at home was I going … Continue reading Bad training decisions can be painful!

Shamrock Shuffle and Team CPD!

The Shamrock Shuffle is just a few days away. I'm excited for two reason, one it's my first race this season and the second reason is because I chose to run for a great cause.  After reading Pace of Chicago's great article about about Team CPD, I was inspired to join the team and help … Continue reading Shamrock Shuffle and Team CPD!

62 Days until Mooseman, Caffeine & Shamrock Shuffle

It's been a long stretch of workouts and no rest days. I'm tired. There's only 62 days until Ironman Mooseman 70.3. I'm more than confident I will finish, the question is how fast. I kicked this week off with a brick. An hour and 45mins on the bike followed by a 30 min run. Because … Continue reading 62 Days until Mooseman, Caffeine & Shamrock Shuffle

Lets Race!!!

I haven't raced since the Fleet Feet Turkey Trot. And its wasn't my best effort! I think all this training and no racing is getting me.  I feel like I'm at war with myself just trying to stay motivated to get up and workout. Last season I ran a race about every three weeks, so … Continue reading Lets Race!!!

Baby Jogger friendly races

If you haven't heard, I've been doing a lot of training (I'm actually writing this while on my bike.) the big downside of this amount of training is I do it alone. But when I see a race that looks interesting my first question is who can I run with? I usually ask my wife … Continue reading Baby Jogger friendly races

Chicago Marathon is not the only race in town.

This morning registration opened for the 2011 Chicago Marathon. I was excited to sign up, I ran it for the first time in 2010 and this time around I want to finish in 5 hours or less.The Chicago Marathon is an amazing race from start to finish, but it's not the only great race in … Continue reading Chicago Marathon is not the only race in town.

Handling rest week and races.

I celebrated the first day of my rest week doing nothing... And i mean NOTHING. The weather was horrible, so I sat indoors by a fire all day... But I did feel a bit lazy. I think it's because I spent most of last week rushing around and trying to fit in my workouts, so … Continue reading Handling rest week and races.

The week ahead

I think I'm over yesterdays run, I put the past behind me so I can focus on what's ahead. The bonus of this week is that I have Friday off! WHOOOO 4 Day work week!Running-wise here's what we're looking at...Monday - RestTues - 3 milesWed - 7ish milesThurs - 5 milesFri - RestSat - Champions … Continue reading The week ahead