Chicago Marathon training week six is in the books! This week was a jump in mileage and my first week of six days of running. It was a challenging week but I feel like the building up is happening gradually and safely. Each week during this training cycle, I will share how my training went and what the week looked like. I do this because: 1) I love reading about how other folks train and 2) it’s great for me to have a record of what I did each week. Also, honestly, it helps keep me accountable when I know I’ll be writing about it. I also post almost all of my runs on Instagram as well. On to the recap!
Monday: Four easy miles before work. The weather wasn’t awful and I was grateful for that – little did I know that the weather would turn later in the week.
Tuesday: First speed workout of this cycle. On tap was 12x400s. My goal pace was 2:06 for each 400. I ran most of them in the 1:58-2:02 range, so felt pretty good about that. Also, the weather gods gave us a gift Tuesday – it wasn’t very hot and the humidity was manageable.
First speed workout of #chicagomarathon2016 training complete. 12×400. Goal was 2:06 or faster for each 400. Totally nailed it: times ranged from 1:57-2:08(stopped my watch late on that one), with most around 2:01. Super grateful for company while running in circles AND that the weather was nice. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Wednesday: Pure Barre after work.
Thursday: First Tempo Thursday. Woof. It was a hot one and my run was hard. However, I got it done AND I ran each tempo mile under marathon goal pace. In the interest of full disclosure, I did have to stop for shade after almost every tempo mile – I was so.freaking.hot. But I got it done.
Friday: Four miles with Pure Barre run club – it was a “chase shade and find sprinklers” kind of run.
Saturday: 10 early morning miles with my run group. The weather was not amazing but we got it done.
Sunday: 5 easy Sunday miles with Caitlin and with that, I was done. I took a two hour nap in the afternoon because I was just so tired from burning the candle at both ends during the week.
Total mileage for the week: 36.4 miles
Total mileage for the year: 671.45 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 130.96 miles
Overall, I’m pleased with the work I put in this week. I’m trying to just take each week and each run as they come – otherwise I get too freaked out. This week is about the same mileage wise, so I should be able to handle it just fine – hoping for maybe more sleep, though!
How was your training this week?