My run today

I decided to get more serious about my running and follow a plan to train for a half marathon.  To date, I have run four half marathons, but  I only really trained for the first one.  I bought the plan from McMillan based on the experience of a buddy.  She used the plan developed for her to PR her marathon and a number of training races along the way.

Today the McMillan plan called for a long run (8 to 10 miles).  The only goal was to go slow and steady keeping my pace between 10:54 and 11:56 per mile (based on the McMillan pace calculator).  First mile was just a couple seconds fast.

I stopped short of the 8 when my knee began to bother me.  Overall, I am really happy with the workouts this week - 17 miles

Progress requires persistence and patience.




The Kluczynski Federal Building is a modernist skyscraper in the downtown Chicago Loop located at 230 South Dearborn Street. The 45-story structure was designed byLudwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1974 as the last portion of the new Federal Center. It is 562 feet (171 m) tall and stands on the site previously occupied by theChicago Federal Building by the architect Henry Ives Cobb. It was named in honor ofU.S. Congressman John C. Kluczynski, who represented Illinois’s 5th congressional district from 1951 to 1975 after his death that year.[1] This is one of three buildings by van der Rohe in the Federal Center Plaza complex: the others are the US Post Office (Loop Station) and the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse.