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Chicago Marathon 2015 - Vibes and stuff

 

If you're reading this, it's too late...

Just kidding.  I've clearly been listening to too much Champagne Papi lately. 

If you're reading this, chances are that you're running the Chicago Marathon this year. Whether you're an elite athlete, legacy, qualifier, lottery winner or charity runner - much love. I look forward to joining each and every one of you on October 11th.

I've run Chicago the last 5 years and can honestly say that it never gets old. The course is mesmerizing and the crowd support is out of this world. Maybe I'm biased, but you'd be hard pressed to find another race like ours. 

Me aka The Human Emoji at mile 18 or so of last year's Chicago Marathon. Photo Credit: David Oh

Me aka The Human Emoji at mile 18 or so of last year's Chicago Marathon. Photo Credit: David Oh

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to racing this fall. However, what I'm most excited about, believe it or not, is the actual training for said race. Call me crazy, but I love the sleepless nights, early mornings, grueling workouts, and hot, humid long runs. 

I know what you're thinking. "Who are you and what have you done with Nico?" Trust me, I ask myself this same question from time to time. 

Now, I'm not a coach and the runners of Three Run Two by no means follow any one specific training plan. That's not what we're about. Three Run Two has always been and will always be about providing consistent venues on a weekly basis and the camaraderie that goes along with it.

The Thursday before last year's Chicago Marathon. Runners from all over the world joined us for our last neighborhood stroll before the big day. Photo Credit: David Oh

The Thursday before last year's Chicago Marathon. Runners from all over the world joined us for our last neighborhood stroll before the big day. Photo Credit: David Oh

Irregardless of what training plan you choose to follow, everyone is welcome to complete their workouts with us. Bring your own workout, or BYOW if you will. 

Starting next Tuesday morning (6/9), we'll be venturing back to the track (Westinghouse College Prep) for speed work. If interested, you can choose to meet at Dark Matter Coffee, The Mothership  at 5:45 am then head over to the track. Its 1.6 miles away so we tend to use this as our warm up on the way there and cool down on the way back. 

Dark Matter has kindly offered to provide us with a bag drop and $1 coffees on Tuesday mornings. Thank you Dark Matter!  Alternatively, you can meet directly at the track if you're pressed for time. 

Last year's post marathon meetup at the Chicken Shop. Shoutout to all of our homies from far and wide. Photo Credit: David Oh

Last year's post marathon meetup at the Chicken Shop. Shoutout to all of our homies from far and wide. Photo Credit: David Oh

If Tuesdays are for track, you guessed it, Thursdays are for tempo runs. Those of us who've trained for marathons in the past have historically used Thursday night's group run to complete our tempo or progression runs. Again, this is on a BYOW basis as not everyone will be training for a fall marathon. 

Last but certainly not least, we go long on Saturday mornings. We'll continue to use Facebook to crowdsource our Saturday morning long runs so that everyone has an opportunity to chime in. Last year, Foster Beach, or Foster and N Simonds drive to be exact proved to be a popular meetup for many. We'll see how this shakes out in the upcoming weeks.

As is always the case, runners of all strengths are welcome to attend all of our group runs regardless of whether you’re training for a race or not. Our schedule will update in the coming days with the above adjustment to Tuesday morning. Please feel free to shoot us an email or chat with us in person if you have any questions. 

After the show, its the after party. The Dj played Hannah Montana and everyone lost their mind. Photo Credit: David Oh. 

After the show, its the after party. The Dj played Hannah Montana and everyone lost their mind. Photo Credit: David Oh. 

PS: I’ll be weighing in on Nike's new NRC Marathon Training Plan in the next few days for those who are still on the fence. Stay tuned!

Nico