Chicago Marathon Training & Bet

After a terrible 2016 racing year, I have come to realize that I can only slack off on training plans so much and still improve my marathon times. I have some big goals for the 2017-2018 Marathon Season (Aug-July) and if I want to obtain those goals, I need to get serious.

I am planning to run the Chicago Marathon, the New York City Marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon this coming year. Right now I only have one goal in mind, run a sub-5 hour marathon at the Chicago Marathon. Why? Well, over Memorial Day Weekend my parents visited and out of this visit came a true bet. Not a traditional Kolsrud Challenge, a real bet. So real, that I wrote up a contract for my Dad and I to email sign. The terms, if I run a sub-5 hour marathon in Chicago I get $1000.00 and if I don’t, I pay my dad $500.00.  It isn’t all about the money, I also want a PR (personal record) real bad and where better than Chicago, the setting of my last PR in 2015 (5:27).


I need to drop 27 minutes off my currently best marathon time and it has proven harder than imagined. I need to really tighten up on my bad eating habits, good bye McDonald’s, and focus on fueling the body with the right foods. The other factor, is the training plan. I usually find something online and follow it 50% of the time. This won’t work. Over the spring, I had researched a few plans and had an idea of what I wanted to do. I am doing a hybrid of two plans, the Hanson Marathon Method and the Maffetone M.A.F. Test. I will be aiming for my easy runs to all be at the M.A.F. test heart rate. This will allow me to prevent injury and see where my fitness is at so I can see if the sub-5 is achievable.


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I have enlisted my good friend Lauren and some co-workers to try and keep me accountable. To help even further, I will be posting what workouts I do each week and every so often what my race pace will be based on those workouts. I need the online accountability as my training should have started the week of June 6th and I have yet to run. But here we are and tomorrow is Day 1!

Wish me luck!




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3 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training & Bet

  1. Good luck training for your marathons. Although you are running for yourself, a cool $1000 just sweetens the deal. I’m running NYC in November, too. Hopefully, the intense summer will not be too detrimental to my training plan.

    1. Thanks! It does sweeten the deal and give me that extra motivation to stick to my plan. This heat is brutal! I was in Vegas last weekend and couldn’t run because it never went under 90 degrees.

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