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Road to the Marathon: Checking-In on an Employee's Marathon Journey

Friday, August 05, 2016 10:08 AM

We first met NorthShore employee Berna Jacobson back in April as she was starting her Chicago Marathon training. As we learned, marathon training is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of time, dedication and mental strength. Let’s see how Berna’s training is going.


You’re less than three months away from the big race, how is your training going?
My training is going well. I am increasing my miles and have added one day a week of speed training.

What does your marathon training schedule look like?
I have one long run a week which I usually do Saturday morning and one day of speed training. I try to run several other days during the week with at least one or two slow recovery runs.

Last time you mentioned that you have IT band and hip flexor issues, how are you holding up?
I am doing well, but probably should be doing more core, strengthening and stretching to ensure I stay injury free. I am hoping to add more cross training like biking in the next week or so.

What has been your favorite part about training for the 2016 marathon so far?
I really have enjoyed the speed training. It is early in the morning so I always think about skipping, but I like that it pushes me and has me run differently than when I run at other times. I am the slowest one there, but it doesn’t matter as everyone is supportive in helping each other improve.


What do you find to be the hardest thing about training in the summer?
I would say the heat and humidity. On really hot days, I may run earlier, and I definitely slow down the pace. I will stop at the water fountains more often to ensure I stay hydrated.

There have got to be days you just don’t feel like running. How do you push past it?
I recently had one of those days, and for me I just left my running watch at home and just went by feel. Other days I make myself at least start and usually I am okay once I get going.

What are you most looking forward to after the marathon in October?
Celebrating with friends and then gearing up to train for the Memphis Marathon in December.