Chicago Marathon buildup focus

  1. Set my race goal, but don't make that goal my master.
  2. A fast time or PB isn't my sole aim. If I PB great, if I don't great, finishing is my main goal. In trying to achieve anything great it's likely I'll have more disappointments than people will see, but it's about continuing with good spirt whether I win or lose.
  3. Don't listen to the ego or other people's opinions.
  4. Focus on what I can control and work hard in training. Although I've completed a 60+ mile week. That's not a guarantee of anything come race day.
  5. Be relaxed and face all the challenges of race day. I can't control the external elements but I can control how I react to them.
  6. Fast marathons are the result of long and solid training buildups. Although I'm not looking past this race, this is part of that buildup as I approach the races for 2018.
  7. I've learnt from Tokyo, there's things outside of my control, but I can choose to have a good attitude and enjoy the great opportunity to run the Chicago marathon.


  1. Wishing you the best with it and hopefully see you at Ealing beforehand! For me the most important point is always to enjoy races as much as I possibly can, and smile for at least a good chunk of it!

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