Illinois Marathon, I’m Coming for Ya

Disclaimer: I received a race entry to the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve been training and preparing mentally to run the half marathon in Champaign, Illinois this coming weekend. We’re just a few hours away from the start time and I am ready to go. I’ve been looking forward to this race for a while now for one particular reason: the chance to PR my half marathon time. I ran the full marathon here back in 2018 and, at the time, PRed my marathon time by over 25 minutes!! Now the question will be can I do it?

I’ve mostly been training in cool to cold weather. The only time it hasn’t been a cold and windy run was a couple of times when the weather was moderate and a bit warmer than 60 degrees and then the few times I ran on the treadmill. There have been some other obstacles during this training period. A small head cold that lingered for way too long, some allergies when that warmer weather hit and some plants started blooming and then a recent pain in my jaw which turned into a root canal. Lucky me, right? But I’ve plowed along the way and got in my runs, even scaling back on weekly mileage while adding some bike riding and swimming to give my body some new experiences while training for a race.

Of course, here we are, just over a day away, and there’s talk of severe weather possibly effecting the start of the race or the entirety of the race itself. Obviously, this does not please me or anyone else for that matter. Very frustrating that Mother Nature may quash everyone’s fun and goals but, of course, that would be out of my control. I will simply look forward to this goal race and hope that it goes off without a hitch.

Happy running! And make sure you go after your goals too!

Come run a marathon with me!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the 2018 Illinois Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

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Run a marathon? With me? Why, you ask. Well, why not? And what better place to run what, for you may just be another marathon or maybe it’s your first, than the 2018 Illinois Marathon! First, I’ll tell you why I chose to run this race. And, no, it isn’t just because I am a BibRavePro. I ran my first ever marathon this past October at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. So, yes, it was a big one in the overall world of marathon races. But it shares something in common with the Illinois Marathon as well: it’s in Illinois and, therefore, a FLAT course (for the most part). That is a huge plus for me. That many miles of running and the idea of it having very little incline is perfect. Think about it, your first marathon (or not) can be a sweet PR for you to begin your long race career! Another reason I chose this race is because I live in southeastern Wisconsin and this will be an easy drive to and from the race and will not require me to use vacation days. For some, I understand this may not be possible but so many of us live in the Midwest where this is an easy drive. The run is also on a Saturday as opposed to a Sunday, which I like. Just makes that Sunday a nice day of recovery before having to start your work week.

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Now, how do I plan to train? I am still debating that a little bit. The race is April 28, which would tell me that I should begin training in earnest no later than January to give me a solid 16 weeks leading up to it. Some would even say I should be gearing up now, December, to get my body and legs in the right zone. Well…it’s funny you might think that because I am almost considering of shutting myself down for the month to see if I can shake a nagging right hamstring/hip injury that I have been “holding onto” since it showed up last March. Yep, I said March. And I’ve kept running since then. Probably not the best idea but I’m stubborn and haven’t learned the lesson yet. So, I might not start real serious training until mid-January. It shortens up my training cycle but maybe it will work. There is still time to decide since I haven’t committed to hanging up the kicks just yet. Matter of fact, I just ran 10.6 miles yesterday.

But, back to you now! Join me in this marathon! We’ll have fun, trust me! And you can use a code, this one here: 2018bibravebonus to save $5 on your entry. Saving money is always a good thing, right?! And do it quickly so you don’t miss a deadline and have to pay more! Here’s the most current chart:

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Another bonus: all marathoners and half marathoners will receive a drawstring bag too!! So, it’s time for you to run with me and enjoy the sight and sounds of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Check out their website for more info right here.

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Happy Running!