Mint’s Training Log – 8.17.14 and 8.24.14

The goal.
The goal.

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

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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