Monday, October 28, 2013

DG Challenge 2013 - Week 44 - FINAL WEEK

Week 44: This is it, the final week of the Downers Grove challenge. After completing this route, and if you've run them all, you can proudly say you have run Downers Grove. As I've told many of you already, when Doug and I first discussed doing this, I would have been surprised if 2 or 3 people were interested in tackling the challenge. But it's been great to see groups each week get together to tackle the course.

Of course, it's Halloween week so we'll start this week's course at the Downers Grove Cemetery. While most of us Monday/Wednesday night regulars are familiar with the Denburn Woods, this is our week to finish off all these road including a jaunt on the wooded path which allows us to complete a section on the west side before looping back.  Bonus points if you complete this route after dark and complete the return trip with a dash through the cemetery back to the start.

Naperville Marathon: Training week 17 with 1 week to go.
DG Challenge 2013: Week 44 -- THIS IS IT

Monday, October 21, 2013

DG Challenge 2013 - Week 43

Week 43: The weather is turning cooler, and more awesome, for those long runs. Lots of hardware was brought home this last weekend from the Frank Lloyd Wright run in Oak Park. Congrats to all!

This week's route totals 9.3 miles, our longest ever. If you're not up to the mileage, or recovering, or tapering, this route can be split in two.

Start at DG South high school and follow your bliss...

Week 43: or (9.3 miles)

Marine Corps Marathon: Training Week 18 -- Just ahead!
Naperville Marathon: Training week 16 with 2 weeks to go.
DG Challenge 2013: Week 43 with 1 weeks to go.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bank of America Chicago Marathon Course (updated)

3:38-3:39 is the best 1 sec of this video.

Monday, October 14, 2013

DG Challenge 2013 - Week 42

Week 42: I will soon stop apologizing for not always getting these out earlier in the week.  I figured those of you who ran the Chicago Marathon need some recovery time, and those of you who volunteered also need some recovery time (those, not as much). More on the marathon later...

Another week of beautiful weather. Leaves are turning/falling. You have no excuse for at least getting out and taking the dog for a walk.

We'll keep this short; 3.2 miles to finish the NW corner of DG. Some parking lots, access roads. I haven't been able to scope this route out yet, so do you best and make up the rest.

Week 42: or (3.2 miles)

Chicago Marathon: RECOVER
Marine Corps Marathon: Training Week 17 with 1 weeks to go.
Naperville Marathon: Training week 15 with 3 weeks to go.
DG Challenge 2013: Week 42 with 2 weeks to go.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Chicago Marathon Course - Chuck Norris speed

One of my favorite videos of the Chicago Marathon course...

Monday, October 07, 2013

DG Challenge 2013 - Week 41

Week 41: More beautiful weather, but it's a crapshoot whether your morning runs are 40 or 60. Either way, I'll take it.  Hopefully everyone got their long run in early on Saturday and avoided the torrential downfall in the afternoon.

6.5 miles starting from the Downers Grove cemetery (just across the street from Runners Grove). Consider this as training for your Resurrection Mary 5k (see link below). Anyone who grew up in Chicago and had older brothers and sisters were likely tortured by stories of this place (that wasn't just me, was it?). Now is your chance to face your fears and run past many of the legendary locations.

Good luck to all Chicago Marathoners! This is your week!  Most of us not running will be waiting for you at mile 12.5 with plenty of water and Gatorade just for you!

Week 41: or (6.5 miles)

Chicago Marathon: Training week 18 --- THIS IS YOUR WEEK!
Marine Corps Marathon: Training Week 16 with 2 weeks to go.
Naperville Marathon: Training week 14 with 4 weeks to go.
DG Challenge 2013: Week 41 with 3 weeks to go.


Resurrection Mark 5k - Oct 20th, Justice, IL