Chicagoland Spring Marathon in Schaumburg, IL; nice little suburban marathon which ended up being very flat & very hot! Temps hit near 90 by 11a (7a start) & the race was predominantly run on asphalt; so yea good times!
I paced the 4:00 group; finishing in 3:59:39 & kept close to goal pace the majority of the race. Best news yet, Achilles felt super solid! Garmin Data from the race. If you're local in Chicago, this race is a great PR target for sure if it's a good weather year.
Hopped on a plane for LA Monday morning for a couple days of work & was also able to in a couple great runs. On Tuesday evening I was able to catch up with @RunWicked & @SallyMcRae for a 17 miler around the Palos Verdes Peninsula, just south of Redondo in the LA area. Awesome night time run in a new setting for me; great variety of terrain, some quality night shots overlooking Redondo, Manhattan, etc. The runners weren't bad company as well :) Once again, the Achilles was also behaving very well, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come in terms of physical health!
On the training front - since things appear to be headed in the right direction, plan is to keep training hard thru the weekend & then get in a 5 day power taper for the Kettle Moraine 100k on June 2nd. So between now & then I will just take care of the Achilles & watch the weather forecast. It has been HOT & humid early this season in the midwest; this Sunday is calling for mid 90s & humid in Chicago. Good time to get out & get some free heat training. Still going to see an ART doc on Friday to get some assistance; was referred to a great doc at Midwest Sport & Spine by @PaigeRuns.
Recap of the last couple weeks:
Week ending 5/20: 82.10 miles, 12:47:26 running time
Tue: 7.20 w/cross
Wed: 19.40 double-day
Thu: 12.10 @ 9:05 per w/1,500'
Sat: 7 mile @ 8:40
Sun: 26.25 @ 9:05 per
Week ending 5/17: in progress
Mon: 9.37 @ 9:05 w/621' (LA run)
Tue: 17.10 w/2,800' (night run)
Thu: double-day #1 9.00 miles w/1,100'
#2 10.00 miles 2/400' @ 9:00
Week: 45.47 miles, 4,563'