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Chicago Marathon Training Week 6

The weather has been perfect this week! I had a handful of events to plan around this week, but did my best to get workouts in and done. Missed one workout, but still feeling okay as it is early days.

Weekly Workouts:

Week 6: July 23-29

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR
Radiohead Concert! ✔

Tuesday
Plan: 50 minutes 4×1
Actual: 50 minutes 4.1 miles @ 4×1 run:walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up + 54 minutes 5×1
Actual: Shape Up + Post Shape Up walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Thursday
Plan: 50 minutes 4×1
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔
Made it to the State Fair for ALL the junk food. 19k steps on the FitBit!

Friday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + 9.5 miles
Was supposed to be doing my ‘cutback week’ long run today. Had some bad tummy troubles and cut it short. The first six miles were great! The last 3.5 were the worst.

Saturday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Sunday
Plan: 10 miles 4×1
Actual: 5.5 miles 4×2
We had beautiful weather today. I ended up running solo, had to make a pit stop so I missed a lot of my group, but it was nice to get in the miles.

Total Miles: 19.1 run + 4.1 walk

Week 6 Recap

Next week’s goal: 4 run days!

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Chicago Marathon Training Week 5

This week started out really rough but ended on a strong note! The weather has gone from ungodly hot to absolutely perfect. It’s humid but not awful. Despite feeling pretty run down most of the week, I hit my goals and I feel pretty good about this higher mileage. As the workouts become more routine, my next goal is to focus on food as fuel instead of reward. Here is what week 5 looked like!

Weekly Workouts:

Week 5: July 16-22

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: 12 mile long run

Tuesday
Plan: 50 minutes 4×1
Actual: 55 minutes 4.46 miles @ 4×1 run:walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + Post Shape Up walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Thursday
Plan: 50 minutes 4×1
Actual: DOR (Adjustment for Monday long run)
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Friday
Plan: Shape Up + 30 minutes 4×1
Actual: Shape Up + 34 minutes 4×1

Saturday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR

Sunday
Plan: 14 miles 4×1
Actual: 5 miles 4×2 + 9 miles 4×1

Total Miles: 33 run + 4.2 walk

Week 5 Recap

Total Teeny Tiny Ice Creams: 4

Teeny Tiny Cones
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Current Mood – Chicago Marathon Training Week 5

WORKOUT SCHEDULE: Monday: 3 (easy) miles Tuesday: track workout Wednesday: sore day Thursday: sleep in - miss run Friday: 5 miles or pizza/wine Saturday: run... to get donuts Saturday: Maraton (NETFLIX)

Every week, I look at my typed up Google Sheets training plan. It has life events, and planned mileage or workouts laid out from June-October in preparation for the big day. Monday is always a rest day. Tuesday and Thursday I try to run after work. Wednesday and Friday I have strength and cardio. Weekends are for long runs. And that’s all great. On paper!

In reality, I adjust my schedule almost daily. Sometimes, I’m just too tired to run. Sometimes I have to work on the weekends. And sometimes I make it to my strength and cardio class and can’t muster the energy to lift my arms for jumping jacks. The point of all this is to say that I do best with flexibility, and sometimes a pizza + Netflix marathon!

How do you adjust your schedule when needed?

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Chicago Marathon Training Week 2-4

It’s been a weird week of training, but I am so happy to be back with a new program to try. The Chicago Marathon is on October 7th, and I am working with a 16 week plan where I’ve made a few tweaks based on my schedule.
I also plan on using a Run:Walk strategy for racing and found a training plan put together by Coach Jenny Hadfield that I really wanted to try. The one thing I like about it is that the mid-week runs are based on time vs. distance, so I have a solid idea of how long I’ll be gone, and how that will affect already busy summer plans! I have loosely been following the plan for a couple of weeks, and I like it until I head out to run with other people. I find myself rounding up to how long I *think* miles will take me, but this might be adjusted in the future too.

Weekly Workouts:

Week 2: June 25-July 1

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Tuesday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: 4 miles @ 4×1 run:walk
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + Lunchtime walk

Thursday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Lunchtime walk.

Friday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: Shape Up + 2 mile walk

Saturday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Canoeing!

Sunday
Plan: 9 miles
Actual: 9 miles

Total Miles: 20.1 (13 run + 7.1 walk)

Week 3: July 2-July 8

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR

Tuesday
Plan: 45 minutes
Actual: Shape Up + 3.48 miles @ 4×1 run:walk

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: July 4th race = 4 miles

Thursday
Plan: 50 minutes
Actual: DOR

Friday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: DOR

Saturday
Plan: DOR
Actual: 10 miles

Sunday
Plan: 10 miles
Actual: 5.1 miles

Total Miles: 22.6 (all run)

Week 4: July 9-July 15

Monday
Plan: DOR
Actual: Shape Up
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Tuesday
Plan: 50 minutes 4:1
Actual: DOR
Lunchtime walk: ✔

Wednesday
Plan: Shape Up
Actual: 4.1 miles 50 minutes 4:1

Thursday
Plan: 50 minutes 4:1
Actual: 3.9 miles 50 minutes 4:1

Friday
Plan: Shape Up + 30 minutes 4:1
Actual: Shape Up + 2.3 miles 30 minutes 4:1

Saturday
Plan: DOR
Actual: DOR

Sunday
Plan: 12 miles
Actual: DOR

Total Miles: 13.5 (10.3 run + 3.2 walk)