I forgot to post my training log last week, but I am still rolling forward with training for the Chicago Marathon. I had a few set-backs and scheduling switch ups, but overall everything is continuing to go well. The first week was a cut-back week and race week. The second week, was a strong training / building week.
Week Ending August 17, 2014 – RACE WEEK!
Monday is my rest day. I felt surprisingly good after my 22.5 mile run the day before, so that was great. Arm weights.
Tuesday was intervals. I ran a 10 minute warm up, then did 5 x .5 miles @ 6:58 pace with .25 mile recoveries. By my 3rd repeat, my legs were really feeling my long run from the weekend before. In fact, my legs felt like logs. Jello logs. I finished up the intervals then did a cool down with 4 strides. 50 minutes / 6.16 miles / 8:13 overall average pace.
Wednesday my legs were sore. I was scheduled to run 30 minutes easy, but decided to take the extra rest. Arm weights.
Thursday I woke up and my neck felt pinched. Apparently I slept on it funky. I was scheduled for intervals again (mile repeats), but I decided not to do them. My legs were already very tight and heavy and I was growing very concerned about my ability to keep up with the boys for their half marathon. So I just ran 45 minutes easy / 5 miles / 8:59 pace. Thursday after work, we had our firm softball game. It was super fun, but all the throwing and batting made my sore neck very aggravated.
Friday I ran 30 minutes easy / 3.5 miles / 8:36 pace.
Saturday was race day! 13.1 miles / 1:51:34 / 8:31 average pace.
Sunday I rested. My neck was really sore and the bottom (ball) of my right foot hurt. Since this was a cut-back week, I decided I’d be better off resting than aggravating either issue.
Total: 4 hours, 10 minutes / 29.3 miles
Week Ending 8.25.15 – Time to get back at it!
Monday is my rest day. No arm weights because my neck / back still hurt.
Tuesday I was back at it with intervals. 2 mile warm up, then 4 x 1000m @ 6:58 pace; .25 mile recoveries. Cool down + 4 strides. 70 minutes / 8.57 miles / 8:11 overall pace.
Wednesday 78 minutes easy / 8.7 miles / 9:01 pace.
Thursday I was scheduled for a longer run with more intervals. But it was looking super stormy, so I just went out easy and stuck close to home. Sure enough, just before mile 4, it started raining and thundering. I started running back home and the thunder was getting closer and louder. Definitely a nerve-racking finish to this run. I was booking it back home and just as I hit the driveway a huge thunder clap sounded. Crazy. I was very happy to be home. 41 minutes / 4.7 miles / 8:48 pace.
Friday I was scheduled for 60 minutes am / 30 minutes pm. I ended up running 75 minutes in the morning to make up for part of my missed workout Thursday. It was wicked warm and humid. 75 minutes / 8.6 miles / 8:45 pace. When I got home from work, it was 92 degrees and full sun. Rather than running, I decided to go out to dinner with my family to celebrate my election as a shareholder of my law firm the night before!
Saturday I slept in. I was going to be muggy and humid even early on, so I decided I’d let sleep win. By the time I got out, it was 77 degrees and 90% humidity. Brutal. I stopped 3 times for water and to let my HR drop. I was scheduled for 45 minutes, but decided to tack some more on to make up for missed time. 66 minutes / 7.5 miles / 8:48 pace.
Sunday I was up bright and early for my 3 hour run. Unfortunately, it was somewhat unbearable outside. 70 degrees and 95% humidity. There was a nice little breeze so I didn’t feel hot, but I was sweating like 2 football teams. I stopped every mile or mile and a half to replenish water, but I was feeling spent by the end of 2 hours and my heart rate was super high. I could have forced myself to suffer through another hour, but I didn’t think it would be worth what it would take out of me. Plus, I have several more long runs scheduled. 2 hours / 13.6 miles / 8:51 pace. In the evening, I biked 3 miles with my youngest son while he ran. Very fun.
Total: 7 hours and 30 minutes / 51.7 miles