Amber Kari (Marathon Time 5:13 to 4:33 Personal Record)
Amber is one of the original runners to train with Perfect Pace #legacysquad; coming to the group in 2017 with one goal on her mind… to break 5 hours at the Chicago Marathon. She had trained on her own for the race for several years with her best time coming in at 5:13:49 in 2015 just shy of that goal. When she started training with the group, Coach Flavia knew there was something special here and was determined to help Amber meet her goal.
The first month of training went especially well with Amber showing substantial improvements each week. Based on the training times that she was running at the track and during her long runs Coach Flavia was predicting that Amber would be running somewhere around a 4:30 marathon. Amber was skeptical of these claims but continued to follow the training program. Continuing to push hard through her long runs as she neared the end of the training cycle.
About a month before her race Amber had a vacation planned in Italy. No problem here Coach Flavia was going to keep her on track and Amber remained dedicated to training even while she was abroad. Unfortunately, disaster stuck on that trip. Coach Flavia awoke to a horrifying email that Amber had rolled her ankle on cobblestone in Italy and was unable to walk… panic was setting in.
After helping Amber settle down from the initial panic of messing her race, Coach Flavia set up a new plan to help Amber recover and complete her Chicago Marathon just a few weeks away. After some rest and careful planning, race day came around and Amber lined up at the starting line to gave it all she could. She completed the 2017 Chicago Marathon with a time of 4:51:27 knocking 22 minutes off of her 2015 Chicago time, setting a new personal record, and achieving her goal.
But Amber and Flavia both knew that there was time left on the table and if she could complete a season without injury she could potentially hit a 4:30 marathon. So Amber joined Perfect Pace for the 2018 training season to see what her full potential could be. She completed the 2018 training season injury free and as strong of a runner as she has ever been. She went on to complete the 2018 Chicago Marathon with a time of 4:33:15 taking another 18 minutes off of her time for a new personal record.