Training, Racing and Prioritizing

| June 28, 2010 | 15 Comments

Since it’s been a few weeks since my last post, I want to take this opportunity to get you caught up on my various running-related activities. I am very excited to share my training progress and an important decision I made after some soul searching and prioritizing.

Friday, May 14
It was my birthday, and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for a six-mile easy run. While I ran, I reflected on how blessed I feel to be healthy and do something I love nearly every day. Later that evening, I had dinner with 14 friends at a local sushi restaurant. One of my favorite gifts is a Nike t-shirt that reads “My Season Never Ends”! Those who follow my training know I run consistently year-round with some breaks of lower mileage.

Sunday, May 16
I ran the Magellan Chicago Spring Half Marathon as a training run. I was looking forward to this race all weekend! The weather was beautiful and I celebrated at brunch after the race with several Twitter friends. I finished the 13.1-mile race in 1:54:36, which is my third fastest half marathon. I was very happy with the time, considering I wasn’t racing and I even chatted with someone I befriended on the course! My full race report is on Dailymile.

Saturday, May 29
To begin the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I ran the Soldier Field 10 Mile race. This was my third year in a row running this race, which draws nearly 10,000 runners to its unique finish on the 50-yard line inside Soldier Field. Though I did not run the race I wanted, I achieved a PR (personal record) of 1:26:08 and had a great time at the post-race tweetup (a meetup for Twitter users) I organized. It was exciting to finally meet some of my online friends (including one who was in town from New York City) and to see a few of my favorite runners. I even got an autograph from my friend Molly, who graced the cover of the race participant guide! My friend Joe cheered and took several photos at the race and tweetup. My full race report is on Dailymile.

Friday, June 4
After a very long conversation with my friend and running coach, I decided not to run the full marathon at San Francisco. Luckily, there was enough time for me to change my event to one of the half marathons. On July 25, I will be running the first half marathon, and I feel very good about making this decision. I know that I could finish the 26.2 miles at San Francisco, but that isn’t my primary goal this year. My main goal is to race the Chicago Marathon and qualify for Boston with a time of 3:45:59 or faster. Since I’ve been working with a coach in late March, my training runs have more quality and purpose, and I have more confidence with my ability. To say that I’m excited for this marathon training season is a serious understatement. Thank you all for the supportive words on Dailymile.

Saturday, June 12
This weekend marked the first group long run for several Chicago Marathon training groups. Several runners logged between six and eight miles (depending on their level of marathon experience). I enjoyed reading Twitter, Dailymile, and Facebook updates about everyone’s eagerness to begin training for Chicago or other fall marathons. It’s hard to believe we are less than 15 weeks away from running 26.2 miles. Good luck to everyone training!

After giving a summary on the recent weeks’ running milestones, I’ll try my best to write more regularly. This training and racing season is full of energy and possibilities, and I am so thrilled to have you follow this journey!

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Chanthana Tsai is an endurance athlete currently training for local half marathons, 10-mile road races, the San Francisco Half Marathon, and the Chicago Marathon (where she hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon). Follow her on Twitter @chanthana or provide her motivation on Dailymile

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  1. Joe says:

    Your training has been inspirational so far this season! Keep it up!

    • Chanthana says:

      Hi Joe! Thank you! It’s been fun to follow your training and view your vlogs 🙂 Also, thanks for taking the photo (above) of me. Seems people like my “natural” look. haha

  2. @erinserkaian says:

    Thanks for the update! I have no doubts you will BQ! Keep up the hard work!

    • Chanthana says:

      Thanks for your comment and support, Erin! One of these days, we will meet for a run or a summer cocktail. Would love to hear your stories about Boston 🙂

  3. Dorothy says:

    I have never met anyone as passionate about running as you. You have inspired me. I jogged along the lake this morning. 🙂

    • Chanthana says:

      Dorothy, wasn’t it a beautiful day along the lake?! Thank you for the thoughtful comment. Running truly makes me happy and I love sharing my experiences 🙂

  4. Sue says:

    It sounds like you have a great plan. Thanks for posting the update – and I love that photo!

    • Chanthana says:

      Hi Sue! I think you can relate about prioritizing. It was a tough decision, but I feel I have a solid plan in place. Thank you! I like the photo, too 😉

  5. Tara says:

    Chanthana, thanks for the update. Keep posting!
    PS- your running coach? You have someone other than me in your life? I feel cheated.

    • Chanthana says:

      Haha! You will forever be my first marathon pace leader! Yes, I’ve been working with a running coach and it’s been amazing. He is totally patient! Hopefully, he’ll still want to be friends with me after this is over 🙂

  6. Tanya says:

    Yay! Thanks for the update. Sounds like you have a solid plan for a BQ and of course, the SF Half will be VERY fun. 🙂

    • Chanthana says:

      Thanks for your comment, Tanya! I’m looking forward to running over GG Bridge at the SF Half 🙂 I wish Chicago had the hills NorCal has for training. Very happy to connect with you on Twitter & DM!

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