Updated, 4 October:
Since my injury I have unfortunately only managed 3 short runs, pulling up in 2 of them. So I have been spending some quality time on the physio bed over the last 2 weeks, hopefully it will see me through the run on Sunday.
There is a runner tracker on the Chicago Marathon website, however it doesn?t seem user friendly and requires a login and only updates at major intervals. http://www.chicagomarathon.com/cms400min/chicago_marathon/. (My bib number is 10847).
Thanks again for all the donations, we are just short of $1500 raised, a great effort!
I am off to Chicago on Friday for the run on Sunday, where the predicted temperatures are low (4-7 degrees) which will be a refreshing change from Cayman's usual 30+ temps.
Updated, 23 September:
After a sneaky trip to Japan, I am back on island with only 2 weeks to go to the marathon. I managed to get in 1 long run while in Tokyo, which was really great running with different scenery. I tried for my last long run, a 35km in the morning Cayman heat. Unfortunately I injured my hip and knee quite badly, having to hitch hike the last 10kms home, not ideal! It turns out I have something called ITBS (Illotial Band Syndrome), which is apparently a very common runners injury, affecting the hip and knee. I could barely walk after Thursday's run, but with lots of Phsyio, stretching and using a foam roller, I will hopefully sort it out in time. So not a great end to the training, but there is nothing I can do now, and at this late stage, there is not much training runs to do and plenty of eating carbs ahead.
The race takes place on Sunday 7 October, I am still hoping to break 4 hours, but I dont know if my preparation has been good enough, we will see how we get on. To date, we have raised just under $1000, and with 2 weeks to go, I am sure there is atleast another $300 out there!
Thanks for all the support so far!
Updated, 4 September:
So most of my training is done for the marathon now, with just over 400km of training runs completed. I have also started doing a bootcamp that is tailored towards runners. These guys are basically nuts, doing stairs, lunges, reverse burpees (which I am still unsure what they really entail), pushups, dead bugs etc etc. The sessions are quite brutal, but I think they are starting to pay off, as I am starting to feel a lot stronger towards the end of my runs.
I have just under 5 weeks to go now, with 1 long run of about 35km to complete, and then my training schedule tapers off, thank the pope. Cayman has been super hot over the last couple of weeks, making the training runs that much harder.
Thank you all for the support so far, we have raised close to $700 with another month to see if we can push that amount over the $1000 mark.
After running the New York Marathon last year, and vowing never to run another marathon again, I have slipped into relapse, this time entering the Chicago Marathon. I enjoyed the personal challenge, and will be aiming to break 4 hours again, as well as raising funds for my new charity, the American Institute for Cancer Research. Below is some more information about the charity, any donations would be greatly appreciated (last year blew all my expectations, as we managed to raise over $3200 for the Shoe 4 Africa charity).
I am training to participate in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7, 2012, to benefit the American Institute for Cancer Research. Team AICR is working toward two important goals, to complete the 26.2-mile endurance event, and to raise money in support of vital research and education.
AICR funded research has shown that 30% to 40% of all cancers are directly linked to the foods we eat, the exercise we get and how well we watch our weight. What this means is that we have the potential through our daily food and lifestyle choices to make a major impact on the cancer risk we each face in our lives.
With more than 1.2 million new cancer cases in the U.S. each year, and more than 500,000 cancer deaths annually, programs that can produce even a small reduction in cancer rates offer enormous savings in lives, suffering and medical expense. AICR has been at the forefront of providing education programs and materials to help people learn how to make changes for lower cancer risk.
Please join the fight against cancer by making a donation to Team AICR. No donation is too small for this great goal!