Week thirteen is in the books! I can not believe that I’ve completed over three months of training and just have FIVE weeks until the race! 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. A few weeks ago, I started a link up for Chicago Marathon Training Recaps – I know there are more of us out there so please do link up! I love reading about folks training for the same race as I am, so please do link up!
Monday: 3×2 mile repeats. I switched my schedule around this week to account for our vacation to Vegas, so Monday was my strength workout day. I took it easy on my warm up, then settled in for my sets. This was a hard but strong workout and my pace was right on.
Tuesday: 5.2 easy miles. My legs were burning and I did NOT want to run but I got it done, because, well, why not?
I REALLY did not want to run today. I wanted to sleep in – especially knowing that I have a hard run tomorrow. But I dragged myself out of bed, threw on my @oiselle singlet for motivation and headed out. I was rewarded with solid temps and less humidity. And as a bonus, I ran into fellow #oiselleteamdmv gal @carufela near the end of my run. Not a bad 5 miles, indeed!
Wednesday: My tempo run shifted to Wednesday because of our vacation. This was the second week of nine tempo miles and the second week of running my tempo by feel. This run was HARD. I was tired, my mind knew it was supposed to be rest day but I wasn’t resting and I just wasn’t pumped. On the positive side, I got it done and my splits were all on point – all in the general range I’ve been running my tempos – averaging about 9:20. I was thrilled to finish that run – after I finished, I realized I’d run my highest monthly mileage EVER – 215 miles!
Thursday: Rest day – we flew out to Vegas for a bit of vacation time!
Friday: Long run, Vegas style. I ran out to see the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Running in Vegas at 6am is an interesting experience, shall we say. 🙂
Saturday: Six miles on the Vegas strip. It was hot and this run was hard. That sentence is basically the theme of my training. Not in a negative way, just in a “stating the facts” kind of way.
Sunday: Rest. I’d planned to not run on Sunday so was okay with taking an extra rest day this week. Especially because we walked on average 5 miles each day while we were in Vegas – it takes awhile to get places out there!
Total mileage for the week: 40.22 miles
Total mileage for the year: 975.61 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 435.12 miles
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How was your training this week? Ever run the Strip in Vegas? And please don’t forget to join my Chicago training linkup!