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April 22, 2012

Hey everyone! How’s the weekend going? Per usual, I can’t believe it’s already Sunday! Seriously, where does the weekend go?!? This upcoming week is my last week of classes and I’m just taking it day by day! I’ve got an oral argument to give tomorrow and a big presentation (plus papers to turn in) on Wednesday. In the presentation, we’re supposed to talk 15-20 minutes about our experience in the environmental clinic and we can’t use power point… what am I supposed to say for that long?!?

Ahhhh I just keep reminding myself that I just need to get through this week, enjoy my race on Saturday, and then study like a mad woman for my 3 finals! Hopefully it will be 2 weeks from today before I know it!!! Hopefully… haha.

Speaking of my race on Saturday, for those of you who don’t know I’m running in CARA’s Lakefront 10 miler. I got a free registration thanks to Lauren (She won it and gave it to me! Thanks again Lauren!!) so I’m pretty pumped about it! I ran my half marathon just 3 weeks ago, so I’m still pretty well trained, and I kind of just threw together my own “plan” for this race. As I mentioned before, I wanted to run this race for fun and not go for a PR. While training for the half marathon I had to pull back a lot on participation with Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and really missed out on it!


I didn’t want to do the same for 2 weeks before this race since these are the last two weeks, so I decided to focus more on bootcamp and just make sure I can run 10 miles comfortably! I did 8 miles last week and this week I decided to go for 9!

I started out heading south and ended up going further than I planned, I saw how pretty the neighborhoods were in the Gold Coast area, and there were only 4-way stops so I could cruise right through! I decided to weave up and down through there since I was enjoying the change of scenery! This slowed me down a bit, but it was just too pretty to resist!

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Then I headed back up the lakefront! Although it was pretty chilly (about 42 degrees – running tights kind of day!) it was really nice out, and there were TONS of other runners, which I love! I’m a big fan of people watching.

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I thought this shot would be most flattering – BIG nose, teeeeeny feet.

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I finished the run in 1:29:18, which gave me an average of 9:55 min/mile.

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Although I hit my pace right on the dot for what I should be running, my miles were kinda all over the place! Here was my run mile by mile:


mile 1 – 10:01

mile 2 – 10:02

mile 3 – 10:33 <—lots of turning up and down streets plus crossing a big light

mile 4 – 9:52

mile 5 – 10:05 <—water stop! Gotta hydrate!

mile 6 – 9:55

mile 7 – 9:51

mile 8 – 9:38 <—felt good so I started to pick it up!

mile 9 – 9:05 <—so close!


I was actually pleasantly surprised by this run! In the month or so before my half marathon, I was really burnt out and my long runs were AWFUL. Maybe it’s the lack of pressure I’m putting on myself? I also think it’s helping that I’m doing most of my runs (other than speed intervals) outdoors now, so I’m getting used to that!

Now it’s time for some more reading and prepping for these presentations… ahhhhh 2 weeks! 2 weeks! 2 weeks!!!!!!


Are you training for anything or working towards any goals right now?

Anyone else have finals or a big work project coming up!?!?

34 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2012 7:00 am

    Oh my good luck with the race! Right now I’m trying to get into sprinting! I have a hard time jogging because of my hip and knee surgery so short bursts are really helping ,e job easier and it’s fun too! Grr finals in 2-3 weeks for me…let the anxiety begin lol.

  2. April 22, 2012 7:15 am

    Were you running up through lincoln park? That looks familiar! Good luck with finishing up training!

  3. April 22, 2012 8:06 am

    You run looks great and what a fantastic pace as well! I’m training for my third half in September so lots of time yet but I’m just wanting to start increasing my distance slowly 🙂

  4. April 22, 2012 8:40 am

    strong work on your run!!! looked like you had some pretty scenery along the way. 🙂 hang in there girl!! only 2 weeks!!

  5. April 22, 2012 9:33 am

    Good luck with studying- these next two weeks are crazy for me too, but then its all over!

    I like to weave through nicer neighborhoods during my runs too. I love the lakeshore path but I can only take so much of it before I get bored!

  6. April 22, 2012 9:56 am

    Running with pretty scenery can make a run so much more enjoyable – although half the time, I’m so lost in my thoughts that I forget to take a look around!

    Good luck with your last week of class! My best friend is in law school and I don’t expect to hear much from her for the next couple weeks 🙂 I have finals this week – except I’m the one giving them!

  7. Jeni permalink
    April 22, 2012 10:05 am

    Good luck with your classes! I also have so much to do for my last two weeks of school! I am looking forward to the end of the semester!

    I love running on the lakeshore path, but I also enjoy running through the different neighborhoods! It is always nice for a change of scenery.

  8. April 22, 2012 10:07 am

    I agree that time just flies by. My countdown is graduation in four weeks! Eek Then starting my new job the week after.

    I have no races planned out right now but I hope to run one in the next month. Good luck this week!

  9. April 22, 2012 10:15 am

    It sounds like you are right where you would like to be with your training! I am with you in the final push until the finish. I don’t have finals to take just a lot of papers to write.

  10. April 22, 2012 1:54 pm

    I almost went to law school and the thought of having finals be your entire grade scared me to death! I’m glad I decided not to go if only for that alone 🙂 I hope you aren’t too stressed in the next couple weeks and do well! I’m still training for my first 5k – I can’t even imagine running 10 miles at this point! Props to you!

    • April 22, 2012 2:04 pm

      yea, i’m not a fan that the final is our whole grade! And good luck on your training! I started just where you are!

  11. April 22, 2012 3:46 pm

    Beautiful Chicago Pics!!! I used to ride my bike down from Evanston along the Lake Shore path and miss it! I am training for a half marathon in 2 weeks. Best of luck with your 10 miler. It’s such a great distance. I’m looking forward to the Soldier Field race next month.

    Ps My boyfriend is practicing his oral argument as we speak : ) Good luck with finals!

    • April 23, 2012 10:22 am

      Good luck on your half!! and the solider field! And thanks, and good luck to your boyfriend too!

  12. April 22, 2012 3:58 pm

    I am exactly one week out from my first marathon, so I am supremely anxious as well. I’m having a hard time tapering – I’m basically a daily runner – and I’m READY for the race to be here (mostly because I want it to be over), I’m plagued with the “ash, what if I can’t finish?” thoughts even though I’ve done my training to a tee. Ah, nerves. Ah, type A personality. Ah, perfectionism. These are my enemies right now!

    Good luck with your running! I am from Milwaukee and went to school in Chicago (NU). I miss the lake!

  13. April 22, 2012 4:31 pm

    Great pictures! Good luck with your busy upcoming schedule! You’ll feel so relaxed after. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  14. fitphilanthropist permalink
    April 22, 2012 9:08 pm

    As you know I’m working towards my second half marathon. My last one was over 2 years ago, so I can’t fully remember everything I went through, all the training tips I accumulated, or the way I felt through all of my runs and training. I’m hoping that this blog ( and more careful records on my part will better help me with more runs and races in the future!

  15. April 22, 2012 9:33 pm

    Congrats on the run, it looks like you have beautiful areas! And don’t worry about the week, everything will go smoothly!

  16. April 23, 2012 6:21 am

    I’m almost done too! This is my last full week of class :). Congrats on the great run! I think it’s great that you aren’t putting pressure on yourself…I bet that will make your race feel awesome!

  17. Ashley permalink
    April 23, 2012 7:54 am

    I’m working towards putting more running back into my weekly workout routine. Reading about your recent races has really sparked something in me. I have to be careful due to past running injuries, but the three miles I’ve been running feels really good for my body and soul!

    • April 23, 2012 10:26 am

      I love that – good for your soul. Running really is good for you soul! I missed it so much when I was injured! Good luck getting back in nice and slowly so you stay fit!

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