Week 5 of Chicago Marathon training is in the books!
This makes me happy because I always know the first 6 weeks are the toughest. After that, I always notice marked improvements in my fitness level. I am hoping in a week or 2, I’ll be stronger and will have more confidence in where I am at.
Monday is my rest day. Arm weights only.
Tuesday – 45 minutes easy / 5.1 miles / 8:57 pace.
Wednesday I did not yet have my weekly plan from my coach yet, so I decided I’d just run easy for an hour. It was a crisp, cool, beautiful morning though, so I decided to take advantage of it. 90 minutes / 10.1 / 8:52 pace.
Thursday I had a pace workout on tap. 15 minute warm up; 5 miles @ 7:35-7:40 pace; 10 minute cool down with striders. 65 minutes / 8 miles / 8:07 average pace. My tempo paces were a little slow, but I did not beat myself up for it. It was warm and humid and I just started training. The paces will come more naturally soon enough. I won’t lie though – it is daunting thinking I’ll be trying to run a marathon at this pace in a few months!
Friday – 45 minutes easy / 5 miles / 8:57 pace.
Saturday my family decided to race. My oldest son was gunning for a sub-20 5k and my husband was running his first 10k in years. My youngest son and I just hung together and for me, it was pretty easy, but for him, it was hard as he hasn’t been running much distance lately. Add to it the course was crazy hilly and long! As my son and I were going up a particularly long steep hill near mile 2.5, I though to myself there was no way my oldest son would PR on this course. Goes to show what I know! He killed it and ran 20:06 and (thought) he was the winner of the 5k race. Unfortunately he later found out that someone who went out with the 10kers decided to stop at 5k (the 10k course looped the 5k course 2x) and was declared the winner with 19:14. I personally think that is BS, but it was a “fun run” so what do you do? I was super proud of him though. My husband had a great run too and finished in 52:xx. My youngest son and I did 24:50. All in all, I’d call that a success.
Sunday was much more unfriendly weather-wise. It was warm and very, very humid. I had 2 hours on deck, which isn’t that long, but it felt like 3 hours. I took it easy and stopped a couple of times to hydrate and let my heart rate drop. The best part was that my husband and son ran the last 40 minutes with me, which was greatly appreciated! 2 hours / 13.3 / 9:03 pace.
Total: 6 hours and 35 minutes – 45.1 miles
Next week I’ll start bumping up to 3 quality workouts per week: 1 speed work; 1 tempo run; 1 long run. It’s time to get cranking… Have a great week, Salties!