Chicago Marathon training week seven is in the books! This week was similar mileage to last week and on the whole, my runs were better because the weather was a bit better. 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 – it was warm but not terrible.
Tuesday: This was an interesting run. I had 8x600s and in my head I thought I was supposed to run my 600s in 3:06. The first four came in around 3:10 and I was so upset. During my break (I break up this work out into two sets of 4x600s with a 5 minute rest in between sets), I looked up what my pace should be – and discovered I was supposed to be running about 3:10. The last four went much better, mentally. Physically, it was about the same – the humidity was high and I felt pretty slow but this was a solid workout all together.
Wednesday: Pure Barre after work.
Thursday: Tempo Thursday. The weather was MUCH better than last week and my run was much less laborious as a result. 7 miles total and even with my warm up and cool down, my overall pace was 9:35. This was a good run.
Seven miles, five at faster than MGP, for #tempothursday. The weather was much better than last week, thus my run was much less painful. Tempo splits: 9:30/9:14/9:10/9:21/9:32. Again, kind of all over the place. I think that after a couple more weeks, my tempo pace will settle in around 9:35ish. Today, I’m simply happy that the heat and humidity were a bit tempered this morning.
Friday: Four solo easy miles. I elected to sleep more than run with my Pure Barre friends and while I missed them, I needed sleep.
Saturday: 9.5 early morning miles with my run group. It was hot and I was drained for most of the day after that run – I laid around and tried to rest because there was a second run that evening! I ran the Pacers Crystal City Twilighter 5k that evening. The race started at 8:30pm and it was still 96 degrees. Woof. But we had a bunch of Oiselle team gals there and had a great time sweating it out (and having a beer) together!
Sunday: 3.5 easy Sunday miles with Caitlin and with that, I was done. My legs were pretty shot from running both morning and evening yesterday and I was happy it was a shorter run.
Total mileage for the week: 37.7 miles
Total mileage for the year: 709.15 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 168.66 miles
I just hit 100 miles for the month of July – I haven’t run 100 miles since Shamrock back in March, so it’s nice to be back up to higher mileage. The one thing I need to be better about is getting more sleep. I’m tired all the time and it’s starting to take a toll. I’m only sleeping 5-6 hours a night, and really I need 7 or 8 to be at my best. Any tips on how to manage that when you are waking up before the sun most days?
How was your week of training? Who else is running the Chicago marathon?