Five weeks until the Chicago Marathon…
This week was a recovery week for me after my 70 mile week last week. Next up I have 2 big weeks before I begin my taper. I am starting to get nervous and excited. Am I ready? Are my goals right? The next couple of weeks will be very telling.
I’ve spent some time looking back at training from my last two high volume training cycles and very successful races. One interesting thing is for the last three (including this training cycle), is that at this point out I have been a little under the weather for all of them. Strange. So I am trying to eat healthy, get extra sleep and avoid illness. Usually I get head colds of some sort. This time I have a little of that + bad headaches. Ugh. I hope it passes because I am a big baby when it comes to headaches.
Monday is my rest day.
Tuesday I ran 30 minutes easy after work with my son. 3.23 miles / 9:20 pace. I also did my arm weights.
Wednesday I started strength intervals. These are done a bit slower than my normal intervals, but faster than race pace. Man, they were hard too. 2 mile warm up; 5 x 1 mile @ 7:25 pace; .5 mile recoveries; cool down + 4 strides. 85 minutes / 10.4 miles / 8:14 average overall pace.
Thursday I ran 30 minutes easy / 3.38 miles / 8:53 pace.
Friday I was scheduled for goal race pace miles, but it was wicked warm and humid. I decided to switch things around and just ran 30 minutes easy / 3.6 miles / 8:41 pace.
Saturday I got my workout on. I haven’t run goal race pace in many weeks, so it’s time to get back into the feel of that. 10+ minute warm up ; 7 miles @ 7:35-7:40 pace; cool down + 4 strides. I really tried to run by feel rather than looking at my watch and was happy with how close I was. It was harder than it should have been, but it always is at this point in training. It will feel different once I am tapered. 76 minutes / 9.6 miles / 7:54 overall average pace.
Sunday I had 1:50 on tap. But first, I went to my son’s soccer game. Due to travel and the length of the game, I didn’t get out to run until 1:30 in the afternoon. It was warm, so I decided to run down the trail (rails to trail) next to my house. I had to run 6.5 to get to the next town over and water. I stopped briefly, had 2 swigs of water and started back towards home. I thought I’d be okay without carrying water since I had been hydrating all morning, but boy was I wrong. I was thirsty, my mouth was dry, and my pace started fading hard by mile 9. Ugh. I fought through and finished, but it wasn’t pretty. Even worse, I really should have known better to run in 80 degrees without planning for more water. 1:52 / 12.73 / 8:49 pace.
Total: 6 hours and 5 minutes / 43 miles.