fox valley marathon


I missed my blog birthday!

A little over 3 years ago I started an experiment with the Hansons marathon plan. Before it was published in book form, I scrounged through the internet looking for bits and pieces about an approach to marathoning I hoped would be the key to getting to the Boston finish line. And maybe other people would benefit from my results.

I could never have imagined the success I’ve had. 8 marathons run since then across 6 rounds with the Hansons. An improvement of almost 30 minutes and lots of PRs at shorter distances as well. Never could have done it without the support of Tumblr that has connected me with so many people who make running fun, effective, and rewarding.

I don’t know how long I can keep the gravy train going, but if you’ve followed along for a while (thank you!), you know I’ll put my heart and soul into it. Enjoy some of the photos I’ve posted over the years from one of the happiest runners you’ll meet.

Chicago Marathon 2014

2:55:07 (6:41 pace), 615th overall

A PR by 3:47 from last year’s Chicago Marathon, and a whopping 14:12 better than my BQ at the Fox Valley Marathon two years ago. I’ve learned so much about marathon racing in that time, and there’s surely plenty more to come. I’m really proud of the work I did for this one, and I think you’ll see how it paid off below.

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