What’s going on with me?

Starting 2019 by opening up training for the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

Training: Currently averaging about 35-45 miles per week (mpw). Vancouver training is now formally underway!

For speedwork I’m mostly running Greg McMillan’s 3x 2 mile 10K workout, totaling 10+ miles with runs to and from the track.

Upcoming Chicagoland races I endorse:

The Tour De Trails. 3rd Saturday of December 2018 through March 2019. Rockford, IL.

It’s not quite Chicagoland, being 90 miles west of town. But close enough.

The Rockford Road Runners will host a monthly winter series of progressively longer trail races in state parks surrounding Rockford, about 90 miles west of Chicago.

The first race was a 3 miler on December 15 at the Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve. The January race is 6 miles, the next one after that 9 miles, and the finale is 12 miles. You see them working?

I’m confirmed to do all four races and am looking forward to them all. I’m doing these as tune up races leading into Vancouver 2019.

F^3 Lake Half Marathon. January 26, 2019. Soldier Field and the South Lakefront Trail.

Pretty much everyone in Chicago seeking to do a winter half marathon ends up doing this race, and for good reason. Accessible, few frills, relatively inexpensive, and on familiar turf along the southern Lakefront Trail.

I ran F3 last year on the front end of Vancouver training, mostly as a long training run, and largely enjoyed it. I’ll run it this year as a more serious race.

Mardi Gras Chaser 10K, March 2, 2019, Montrose Beach.

I was wondering if and when Back On My Feet (BOMF) would announce this winter race. I actually signed up for Tour De Trails in part because I thought BOMF might not do it.

Alas, one of my favorite 10K’s now joins my loaded winter racing schedule. Minimal frills, Mardi Gras themed, affordable, and a chill (in more ways than one given the time of year) race late in the winter season. BOMF is a decent organization and this race is worth supporting.

The course is a simple out and back from Montrose Beach along the Belmont/Diversey portion of the Lakefront Trail. My 10K PR is in this race, and if you’re looking for one too this could be the place. There is also a 5K if you want to race but would rather turn around sooner.

It’s not a huge field, with generally a few hundred participants and less than half that doing the 10K. The course won’t be crowded.

Though the 10am start time makes running the race easier, you can instead donate $20 for the Sleep-In option: They’ll send you race swag and you can join in the post-race festivities if you want… but you can just stay in bed on race morning.

For me, this wedges right between the Tour De Trails 9 mile and 12 mile races, two weeks apart from either one. Whether this is a relief or a pain remains to be seen. But I couldn’t pass up the chance to run one of my favorite 10K’s, just a 20 minute jog from my apartment.

CARA Lakefront 10. April 13, 2019. Montrose Field and Lincoln Park.

My favorite race. The annual 10 Mile running season appetizer begins on Wilson Avenue near the Montrose Track and weaves through northern Lincoln Park before heading south on the Lakefront and Lincoln Park Trails, boomeranging around the Diversey Lagoon and then returning north for its signature finish: You run up and down Cricket Hill, then run around the Montrose Track to the finish line.

They also hold a 5K if you want to join friends at the event but not run the full 10 miles.

I will absolutely be here. I’m already registered! I ran last year’s race as a Vancouver marathon tempo workout, and still PR’d by about 6 minutes. I’ll probably run it more as a race, much in line with my recently discussed 10 Miler strategy.


 

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