It’s the Shamrock Shuffle 8k race week: training update & goals!

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Happy Wednesday friends! I cannot believe it’s already race week 😱 Time is flying this year, it think it is because I am school and we just had midterms πŸ˜›

I’ll be honest and say my training has not been going great. With my busy school schedule, work, and the long commute it has been tough. I am doing the best I can! Sometimes the best I do is a little core or lifting, rather than a run. But, the fact that I am running injury free is a reason to celebration in it of itself πŸ™‚ I’ve been averaging 5-20 miles per week since I’ve recovered from injury in late December. I’ve only done 2 or 3 speed workouts. My longest run has been a touch over 8 miles. You can see just how little I’ve been training below or if you follow me on Strava, you know πŸ˜› Although, I’ll be honest, I sometimes forget to update Strava, but as of recently it is up-to-date! No judgement on my lack of training please, I am well aware πŸ™ƒ

My last two weeks of running (or lack thereof πŸ˜‚):

Monday 3/4/19: OFF

Tuesday 3/5/19: OFF

Wednesday 3/6/19: 6 miles with a 2 mi w/u, ( 2 min on, 2 min recovery jog) x 6. Paces were 6:40, 6:35, 6:31, 6:21, 6:18, 6:15, and then a c/d for the remaining miles

Thursday: 3/7/19: 6 miles with Ben

Friday 3/8/19: OFF

Saturday 3/9/19: 8 miles with Janna and Marisa

Sunday: 3/10/19: OFF

Total miles: 20 miles

Monday 3/11/19: 7.8 miles with Danielle

Tuesday 3/12/19: OFF

Wednesday 3/13/19: OFF

Thursday: 3/14/19: OFF

Friday 3/15/19: OFF

Saturday 3/16/19: 8.2 morning miles with Marisa

Sunday 3/17/19: OFF

Total: 16 miles

My goal races are the Chicago Spring Half in May and RnR Chicago in July, so this 8k race is honestly just for fun. But of course I still have a goal for my first post-injury race this year πŸ˜‰

So what is my goal for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k?! Well, first and foremost the goal is to finish! Any race finish after injury is a celebration. I am corral A and that means you are supposed to be able to run under 7 minutes/mile. So that is my second goal, a 7 min/mile pace or faster. This could be tough with my lack of training, but we will see! I would have loved to go after a 6 min/mile pace for this race, but that I just not realistic at this point. That will be the goal once I have a several months of solid training under my belt. πŸ˜› Moving forward my goal is to run more days/more consistently (even with my crazy schedule) because I have the Boston 5k in less than a month and the Chicago Spring half will be here before I know it πŸ™‚

Regardless, I am excited to run the Shuffle with so many of you! I am going to expo on Friday πŸ™‚ Let me know below if you are running the Shuffle and if so, which day you are going to the expo πŸ‘‡πŸ»

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Join me at the 2019 Shamrock Shuffle 8k on Sunday March 24th!

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Happy Friday friends! I’m checking in here to (try to) convince you to run the Shamrock Shuffle 8k with me! πŸ™‚ It will be my first post injury race since the Chicago Marathon and I’m SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED (that I had to write it in all caps 🀣 My mileage has been low and I’m not aiming to run a stellar time-just to make it to the starting line healthy. It will be fun no matter what! I was supposed to run last year, but I woke up sick the morning of the race, so this year will be my redemption πŸ˜‰

So, why should YOU run the Shamrock Shuffle?! Well I could give you a few reasons! 😜

  1. You get to run right through Chicago, And I mean C’MON, how beautiful is my city? I know I’m biased, but still!

2. If you’re not feeling ready for an 8k race in a month, they also have a mile race option for the first time and it will be the day before the 8k (Saturday March 23rd)! It could also be fun to run both, don’t you think? πŸ˜›

3. This year the race swag is a hat! I can’t wait-it looks AWESOME! And with the winter we’ve been having we will probably need to wear hats until JuneπŸ™ƒ

So, what do you say? Want to run the 8k with me to start the spring running season strong!? Do not wait to register, the price increases to $55 on March 1st, 2019! Use the code 2019SSBIBRAVE at this link to receive $10 off your race entry! I hope to see all of you there πŸ™‚

Top 5 reasons why you should run the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’ve lived in Chicago for 4 years now and this is the first year I’m running the Shamrock Shuffle 8k!😱 If it weren’t for all injuries over the last few years, I would have run it sooner because it’s a really awesome race! Don’t be like me-run it this year too! Need more convincing?! Check out my top 5 reasons why you should run the Shamrock Shuffle 8k below. And if you read the whole thing I’ll even give you a discount code!😜

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Run the Shamrock Shuffle 8k

1. You can’t beat the amazing city views on the race course! πŸ˜ I may be biased because I live in Chicago, but dang the views are gorgeous! You get to run through scenic downtown Chicago where you get the best of both worlds: city AND lake views! And if you’re not up for the full 8k, the 2 mile walk course still boasts some stellar views! πŸ˜Š

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2. Beer! πŸ» Need I say more? You get one free Michelob ULTRA beer at the finish line (if you are of age of course)! There is live music, great city/lake views for that post race insta πŸ“Έ, and then you can head over to the post race party. This year the post race party is at the Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen (1301 S. Wabash Ave.). If you bring your race bib to  the Scout between 2 pm and 1 am they will give you another free Michelob ULTRA!

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3. The race is such a big deal that NBC 5 Chicago covers it! So, if you’ve ever wanted to be on TV, now might be your chance πŸ˜‰ The cooler your outfit, the better your chance of being featured on TV (ok I made this up…but dressing up is part of the fun πŸ˜)!

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4. The race is competitive. There’s even an elite corral! So you just may be able to admire one of your favorite runners from afar!  Each year over 30,000 runners run the Shamrock Shuffle! So, regardless of your pace,  there is bound to be someone to race against and push you toward an ever elusive PR! And if you are extra competitive you can form a team and race in the team competition division. Plus, the finisher’s medal is pretty if I do say so myself!πŸ₯‡

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5. You just might PR! An 8k is a unique race distance (4.97 miles) that you may have not done before. And anytime you run a new race it’s a PR, right?

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BONUS REASON: I’ll be there! I’m running it for the first time and you know you’ve always wanted to meet the Black Bean Queen in real life πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ

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Have you run the Shamrock Shuffle before?! If so, what’s your favorite part of the race? If not, are you joining me at the race this year?! If use the code β€œSHUFFLE” at the following link: http://haku.ly/dd2567 you can save $10 on your race entry!