Week nine is in the books! This week brought a jump in mileage, both in my tempo run and in my long run. I survived – with naps and lots of rest! Each week during this training cycle, as I train for the Chicago Marathon, 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. I know there are a lot of us training for Chicago. Would anyone be interested in a weekly Chicago marathon training recap linkup? I love reading training recaps for people training for the same race, so thought this might be fun.
Monday: 5.5 “easy” miles. I actually was so exhausted from my travel disaster over the prior weekend, that I almost took the day off but didn’t and also ended up taking a Pure Barre class that evening.
Tuesday: 5×1000 repeats in super crazy humidity. It was a great workout and I felt strong when it was done.
Wednesday: Pure Barre
Thursday: Big jump in tempo miles – a one mile warm up, eight (!!!) tempo miles and then a one mile cool down. I was really pleased with how well it went. It was hard, but I felt good and my tempo miles were all well under MGP. I was kinda in disbelief that I’d run ten miles before work, but it got done.
Friday: Five very slow miles – my legs were TIRED after Thursday’s tempo.
Saturday: Sixteen miles! The most mileage I’ve run since my marathons last fall. This was a hard run but I actually felt pretty strong all throughout and was able to maintain a super solid pace. Average pace was 10:08 and that includes the last four miles, which were on a tough trail (Custis for you DC area folks). I felt strong…and VERY tired afterwards. I took an ice bath which helped a great deal with the soreness.
Sunday: Four recovery miles. I shared a bit on Instagram how these “easy” miles are anything but easy.
Four “easy” miles to finish the week. Real talk, y’all. None of these runs are easy at this point. My legs are perpetually tired and I know that is the point of the plan. Race day is just over two months away and I’m feeling strong and like I will be ready. And tired. Did I mention how tired I am? Lol. #chicagomarathon2016
Total mileage for the week: 47 miles
Total mileage for the year: 790.75 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 250.26 miles
I’m pretty sure this is a record for weekly mileage – I do not think I’ve ever run this much in one week. I also do not think if anyone told me even a year ago, I’d run 47 miles in a week, I would believe it’s possible. I’ve said this a number of times – I don’t think the Hanson plan is for everyone, but if you are thinking about it – buy the book, read the science and go for it! I have consistently surprised myself while following this plan and think it could be accessible to a number of y’all.
If you are a blogger who is also training for Chicago, please link up your training recap post below!