Category: Marathon Training

Speed Intervals and Injinji Socks Giveaway

On Thursday, I had my first “real” speed workout at a track on the north side of the city.  I’ve heard of that track but never been there.  I left work at 3:45 and made my way to meet my coach.  I am usually good with directions but for some reason got lost and could not find the place.  Luckily, I had left extra early and 10 minutes later of driving around finally found it.  Let me say that I had never actually met my coach in person. I was not sure how I was going to find/recognize her.  Luckily, she happened to be running around the track as I walked up and we just stared at each other.  Yes, it was her!!

I was nervous about my workouts.  She told me not to be.  We were doing 1 mile warmup, 4×400, and 1 mile cooldown.  The first mile was under 10 minutes.  Not bad, not bad.  The rest was even better!  I was impressed with myself.  Coach told me I had good running form and was not a heavy breather. Whew.  I was worried about that because I usually am a heavy breather.  The goal was to run each interval under 9 minutes.  Mission accomplished.


I enjoyed running at the track but there isn’t one close to where I live.  Oh well, I guess I can make the 40 minutes or so drive once a week or every two weeks.  Or I can just run them on the treadmill.

You ready for a giveaway?  For the past few weeks I’ve been running in Injinji toe socks.  Love them! It is a little weird to put them on but once you get the hang of it, it is a piece of cake.  I even wear them on nonrunning days.

I have two pairs of socks for two lucky readers.  One pair is white, size small, crew length and the second pair is black, size large, and mini-crew length.  Please make sure to write in the comments section the size you want (S or L) if selected as a winner.

To enter, go here: a Rafflecopter giveaway



New Running Place

As  a runner living in Chicago, I’ve done most of my runs along the lakefront.  There are so many runners out there that you’re bound to see many familiar faces and/or make new running friends.  I love that there are water fountains and bathrooms along the route.  Definitely important.  Oh, and the view is amazing!


I also run around Midway Airport.  Lately, I’ve also been running around my house which sometimes includes a stop at Dunkin’ Donuts.



On Saturday I met up with a few folks from the Western Cook Running Club at Brookfield Woods.  I first heard about this group on Kelly’s blog.  They host several meetups throughout the week such as Hump Day Hustle and Tuesday Night Tune Ups.  On Saturday we met at 7:30am.  There were about 8 runners that morning.  We all started together but then got separated because everyone ran in different paces.  That morning almost everyone ran in pairs.   I thought I had to run 6 miles but then realized I had to do 8.  The path was not crowded and there was plenty of shade. I saw the usual runners, walkers, and bike riders.

This made me smile!

Overall, I thought it was a great place to run and definitely plan on going back .  My only complaint is that there are no water fountains along the way.  I knew this so I took my water belt with two small water bottles.  It was a hot morning and I finished both of my bottles close to mile 6.  I’ve thought about investing in a hydration backpack/vest and now know that if I want to continue running there for long runs then I would need to take more water with me.

Do you have a hydration backpack/vest?  Which one?  How do you like it?