Week ten is in the books! This was the second week of longer tempos and another week of absolutely AWFUL weather. Ugh. I’m hoping it’ll get better soon. 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. Last week 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.
Monday: 7 miles – the weather was a bit more tolerable so those miles weren’t awful but my legs were definitely tired. Pure Barre after work.
Tuesday: 4×1200 – all done at pace or faster and I felt very strong throughout the workout. The weather was also better than it had been, which made a huge difference.
Wednesday: I took a total rest day and it was glorious!
Thursday: Tempo Thursday. Eight tempo miles and a warm and up and a cool down mile for ten total. I’m trying to figure out my tempo runs. I should be running them at MGP, which is 9:44. I have been faster than that by about twenty seconds every week. I’m reluctant to adjust my goal pace, but I’m going to try and focus this week’s tempo around 9:30 pace and see how that goes. I think because I’m doing my tempos in the same place I did them while training for Shamrock, my body is so dialed in to the low 9 pace I was running those tempos in, that it’s really hard for me to run 30 seconds slower than that for these tempos.
Y’all. The best thing I can say about that run is that it’s done. Well, okay, I also ran really hard, so I guess that’s good. But dang. That nearly did me in. Physically, mentally…the struggle was SO real. I had to stop every mile and convince myself to keep going. But…it’s done and I can add this run to my list of things to draw strength from when the #chicagomarathon gets tough. Tempo mile splits: 9:28/9:06/9:02/9:08/9:24/9:24/9:13/9:24. Next week I will focus on trying to have more consistent tempo splits. I simply can not seem to dial in to anywhere near goal pace (9:44). My legs want to go faster, which I’m okay with but my splits are still pretty uneven. Sigh. On to work when all I really want is a nap!
Friday: Five miles with my Pure Barre bestie. A total sweatfest.
Saturday: The weather. Oh man. It was 81 degrees and near 100% humidity when we started at 6am. I was glad we only had ten miles on tap, but I knew they’d be tough. Definitely not an easy run but my legs actually felt great. I ran major negative splits and my last two miles were my fastest (part of that was I just desperately wanted to finish!). Incredibly challenging weather but a solid run.
Sunday: Four recovery miles before the women’s Olympic marathon. I was so inspired watching that race! Later, I went for a hot stone massage. Felt pretty good except when the masseuse literally pounded on my back. Now my back is sore. Yay?
Total mileage for the week: 42.24 miles
Total mileage for the year: 832.99 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle: 292.5 miles
Please do link up your blog post sharing your marathon training recap if you are also training for Chicago! I’d love to read it! And don’t forget, if you’d like to help me support Ronald McDonald House Charities, you can do so here.