Running season is officially open with last weekend's Shamrock Shuffle 8K. I ran an OK race, but didn't quite hit the goal time of 38 minutes I had set for myself. The official timer had me at 39:49. I'd like to blame my time on my new GPS watch, which failed me among downtown Chicago's skyscrapers (and marked my pace much faster than I had actually been running), but that would just be an excuse. I should have run faster!
While I am a little dissapointed in myself, I think I'll manage to get over it. The Shamrock Shuffle was just the first run of what will be a long season. I have a 5K approaching in a few weeks (The Ravenswood Run 5K) and training has already begun for the Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon at the end of June.
Then comes the real fun. The decision has been made, and registration paid, for the Chicago Marathon in October. Yep, I'm officially one of those crazy people. The 16 week training program has already been printed out and hangs imposingly on the refrigerator. And that training program also includes the Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon. How would you like to spend your summer?!