Welcome! Every week I recap my training from the week before mainly to help keep me accountable, but also because I like to share. I love to see how others are training, so my hope is that someone might like seeing this as well.
While I am running the Chicago Marathon and the NYC Marathon my training is specifically focused on Chicago because it is my goal race. I am also running other races in other places leading up to the marathon too. Read about my full race calendar here.
Here’s my training plan, but the process is constantly evolving.
I can’t believe I ran over 50 miles during this week of training. If you would have told me that last year, I would have laughed in your face. Up until last week the most I had ran in a week was 36 miles. I’m so thankful that I’ve been building my base mileage since April.
I think I was most surprised at how I felt after my long run on Saturday and during Sunday’s recovery run. I felt great, not like I could run a marathon, but strong. My legs felt tired, but I didn’t feel like I was dying.
I will be pulling back the mileage a little over the next couple weeks to enjoy my Birthday/Labor Day and prepare for the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, but I’m looking forward to some more high mileage weeks before tapering.
REST – This isn’t my usual rest day, but I felt like my body needed it. I did manage to do a little strength training while at work though. I wanted to do more, but I was in business casual attire and couldn’t get all sweaty. 😉
40 Bulgarian split squats (each side), 10 lateral toe taps (each side), 30 sumo squats, 50 tipsy w/ hand weights, 10 flamingo squats (each side)
PM: 5 easy effort treadmill miles – average pace 11:50 – While these would “technically” be considered below GMP, I am still working to determine what my goal pace actually is. These miles felt effortless and my heart rate was really low. #winning
PM: 7 miles w/ 1 warm up mile and 6 under GMP (12:24, 11:07, 10:53, 10:26, 10:27, 9:58, 11:57) on the treadmill – I was so surprised at how good these felt. Also, let’s just take a moment to acknowledge that 9:58 mile. Is this real life?!
PM: 8 easy effort treadmill miles – average pace 12:14
20 knee push ups + 20 rows using my new 50 lb Wreck Bag – this was super challenging for me, but fun. The Mr. coached me through it all.
AM: 2.29 super slow miles with the Mr. and Chloe Mae – We didn’t see the sunrise, but it was fun to all run together.
19 long slow miles with the last two around GMP (12:23, 12:09) on the Silver Comet Trail – It was so hot, but I slogged through and felt pretty great overall. I’m still waiting for cooler temps to hit us here in the deep South. I was running about 20 minutes before the sun came up and it was still over 80 degrees with like 80% humidity.
I also indulged in a little bacon cheeseburger from Five Guys and an ice cream sundae. Sometimes it’s good to be bad 🙂
9 recovery miles on the treadmill – I was just going to run 4 miles, but when I realized I felt good I decided to go for the whole enchilada. This run capped my weekly mileage off at 50 miles! What?!
Total Miles This Week: 50.3
Total Miles This Cycle: 281.57
I am running for Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you feel so inclined, you can donate here. Every little bit counts and will make a difference to the families served by RMHC 🙂
I am also selling these adorable shirts through TeeSpring. All proceeds benefit RMHC as well. There are several style and color options available. I own the shirt shown above and the bella tank and love them.
How is your training coming along?