March 11: Crosstrain/NTC Workout – Completed a Barre Workout at The Barre Code!
March 12: Hard Effort (Speed Run) .5 mile warm-up equal parts easy run and fast walk to warm-up + 3 min medium run effort and 2 min easy run effort or fast walk until you hit 2.5 miles – This run was extremely challenging for me, and really pushed me to my limit!
March 13: Crosstrain/NTC Workout – SoulCycle – Truth be told, this was not the greatest decision for my legs, but at I had a blast in the moment!
March 14: Medium Effort (Tempo Run) .5 mile warm-up equal parts easy run and fast walk to warm-up + 6 min medium run effort and 2 min easy run effort or fast walk until you hit 2.5 miles
March 15: Crosstrain/NTC Workout – Boxer Arms
March 16: Easy Endurance Effort (Long Run) Less than 6/10 until you hit 3.5-5 Miles – Completed 5 Miles in 56:12…YAY!
March 17: Rest Day…YAAAAAAASSSS!
March 18: Crosstrain/NTC Workout – Completed a Barre Workout at The Barre Code!
March 19: Hard Effort (Speed Run) .5 mile warm-up equal parts easy run and fast walk to warm-up + 4 min medium run effort and 2 min easy run effort or fast walk until you hit 3 miles – Similar to the week prior I continued to struggle with the Hard Effort (Speed Run) and felt a little discouraged!
March 20: Crosstrain/NTC Workout – Upper Body Sculpt | Meet with Coach Robyn one final time Pre-Race Day
March 21: Medium Effort (Tempo Run) .5 mile warm-up equal parts easy run and fast walk to warm-up + 7 min medium run effort and 2 min easy run effort or fast walk until you hit 2.5 miles
March 22: Crosstrain/NTC Workout – Abs & Arms
March 23: Shamrock Shuffle Race Day!
- Photo ID + Debit Card
- Budsies Bluetooth Earbuds
- Microfibre Towel
Race Day Recap
On Race Day the weather forecast was 40 degrees with a 40% chance of rain. I set my alarm for 6:30am, but actually rolled out of bed around 6:45am. Once I was up and at em, I drank a glass of water, and got dressed in an outfit that I picked out the night before. I opted for three layers on top with a pair of tights, and my Nike React Epic React Flyknit 2 shoes (the real MVPs). I had a bowl of Special K, briefly chatted with my Mom + Dad (who came in town to support me), and headed to the race.
During my walk there, I started to feel a bit nervous, but used this quiet moment to get warmed up and shake off my pre-race jitters. Upon my arrival (about 8:00am), I started to feel a little overwhelmed by all of the participants the were present, I knew this race brought out about 20K+ people, but seeing it in real life was incredible. Suddenly, it dawned on me that I probably didn’t eat enough to sustain me during the race, but the good part is that I arrived early enough to visit the hospitality tent and refuel.
After we ate, Hanna, Kacie of podcast Cold Sweat, and I headed out to join Corral H (the last corral), which was set to start the race at 9:00am. The energy was infectious, there were so many people, positive vibes, so much green, and no rain in sight! We ended up starting at about 9:15am.
Of course, she was absolutely right; the energy was electric and the race allowed me to experience Chicago much differently than ever before. Additionally, I noticed how some of the smallest gestures made the biggest impact. During the race, every wave, high-five, and encouraging word kept me going strong even during the toughest moments.
During the fourth mile, I decided to grab a drink of water, because my body started to really feel the impact of running the distance. Shortly after, I saw my parents and gave them the biggest hug ever. Seeing them completely made my day, and the fact that they were so close to the finish line made it even better! After I left my parents, I ran up hill, turned a corner, and next thing I crossed the finish line. I was so excited to receive my medal, and the pouch of apple sauce that was handed to me!
I eventually arrived to the Hospitality Tent to meet back with Hanna and Kacie, we congratulated one another and enjoyed a post-race snack. Once I felt re-energized, I met up with my family and we went to brunch at one of our favorite spots called Flo.
To be honest, I’m still in slight disbelief of this accomplishment. Looking back, my intention and goals were very simple, I wanted to change my relationship with running and finish the race. Coach Robyn gave me a goal pace of 12 min per mile, and on race day I had a 10:21 min per mile pace.
Training for the Shamrock Shuffle took a lot self-discipline, dedication, and resilience. With the help of a solid tribe (Coach Robyn, Edge Athlete Lounge, Nike Chicago, and my family + friends), this experience forced me to dig deeper within myself and demonstrate a level of strong that was previously untapped. Prior to race, I would’ve never considered myself a runner, and now for the first time in my life, I believe that I am a runner!
Zoe Rain Photo