Week twelve is in the books! I can not believe that I’ve completed three months of training and just have six 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 couple 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: 5 miles with Caitlin. We had a little adventure run and enjoyed catching up and hanging. I was grateful for the company and the weather was pretty decent so I was definitely grateful for that! Evening Pure Barre class as well.
Tuesday: 4×1.5 mile repeats. My watch messed up the lap function, but doing the math kept me occupied. The weather was glorious – 68 degrees and low humidity which felt AMAZING. My overall pace including warm up and cool down was 9:27, which made me pretty happy. This was a strong workout!
Wednesday: I took a total rest day for the third week in a row and it was glorious! I’m going to try and keep this day a day of total rest because I think it helps.
Thursday: Tempo Thursday. This week I moved up to running NINE tempo miles and a warm and up and a cool down mile for eleven total. I ran mostly by feel, just checking my watch for mileage and surprise, surprise, the tempo miles were all in the same range they’ve been in this whole training cycle. My slowest tempo mile was 9:21 and my fastest tempo mile was 9:08. I was really happy with this run even thought the weather wasn’t nearly as nice as it was earlier in the week. I then ran just over 3 miles that evening for a Oiselle team Flight Club run. Then we ate tacos, because uh, tacos are delicious.
Friday: Since I’d run a double on Thursday, I slept in a bit on Friday and ran an easy three. It was hot. Again.
Saturday: Eighteen miles. It was hot and this run was hard. This is the longest I will run during this training cycle – Hanson’s prescribes a long run to not exceed 2.5-3 hours and this took me just over 3 hours (3:05 to be exact). I’ve noticed a bit of tightness in the back of my right heel after running so I’ve started icing it and making sure my form is strong and doing some light stretching of the area just to make sure it doesn’t blow up. Because ain’t nobody got time for that, am I right?
Sunday: Three recovery miles to end the week.
Total mileage for the week: 52.3 miles
Total mileage for the year: 935.39 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 394.9 miles
How was your training this week? And please don’t forget to join my Chicago training linkup!
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