I have the 2013 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle race coming up in less than 2 weeks. It is an 8K (5 miles) and more of a fun run, rather than a race, with about 36,000 entrants this year. I look forward to the Shammy Shuffle every year because it gets me active and in shape before Spring hits Chicago. This year, I kind of procrastinated on the training aspect. I did my first training run last Friday. The initial run was 2 miles at a 9:30 pace. The run was pretty easy… much easier than years past Before mustering up the motivation to run, I weighed in at 182.2lbs. I feel old saying this, but I haven’t weighed 182 in 20 years. Freaking 20 years! I have observed that running is much easier when you aren’t lugging around a couple gallons of fat weight. On Sunday, I cranked through 3 miles without a ton of effort and sped up to an 8:30 pace for the last mile. I felt great physically and psychologically at the end of the run. Observation #2 is eating the right food gives you a lot more energy and makes recovery easier on your body. My heart rate was 155-158 at effort, so I could have pushed it a little harder. I went from dreading the run to being excited about it. Woohoo!
Anyone else running the Shuffle this year?