I have finally typed out my Chicago Marathon Training plan and I’m pretty excited. I’ve also set my goal for the race. This goal will probably morph and change throughout the summer depending on how training goes, but based on the winter and my success at Shamrock, I’ve set a big scary goal of 4:15(ish) for the Chicago Marathon. This is about a 9:44 average pace – this is going to be tough but I think if I train smart and hard, I can do it.
I’m using the Hanson Training Plan again because I really enjoyed this plan when I used the half marathon version (read some thoughts on the plan here and here). It’s hard and kind of intense but it works. At least it worked for me and I’m so excited to train for Chicago. Excited slash terrified! 🙂
The colors coincide to paces:
- Yellow is easy runs – anywhere from 10:15-11:30 pace
- Purple is speed work – 8:33-8:55 pace
- Red is strength (what Hanson calls longer speed intervals) – 9:34 pace
- Blue is tempo runs – 9:44 pace
- Green is long run pace – 9:53-10:30 pace
Just like I was before the start of Shamrock training, I am terrified. I’m also probably going to be getting into work late on Thursday mornings. Those 10 mile tempo runs are going to take some time. The one saving grace for my peace of mind is that I’ve done almost each of these workouts before. I did all the speed work and almost all of the strength work (the red coded workouts) – I missed one or two of those when my knee was injured. Knowing that I can tackle the harder speed and strength workouts does provide some comfort as I begin the plan.
Once training starts in June, I’ll recap each week. I like sharing my training because it helps keep me focused and I also like going back and reading recaps and remembering all the work put in to training. It helped pump me up before Shamrock to read about tough weeks and remember all the blood, sweat and tears I put into the training. I will admit that I’ve very much just enjoyed running for fun since Shamrock and I’ve pretty much just run easy, with a few races and a tempo run thrown in here and there. It’s been really relaxed and I think that it’s going to allow me to go into marathon training with the right frame of mind.
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Who else is gearing up for summer marathon training? Tell me about your training plan!