Marathon Training {Week 9}

On October 8th, I will be running the 40th Chicago Marathon as part of team Ronald McDonald House Charities.


With the craziness of the first day of school, I scheduled Monday as a rest day.


The plan called for 5 miles of speedwork on Tuesday. Michelle sent out the workout which was 400s, but I failed to realized that the whole workout added up to 5.5 miles. I wondered why I was the last one running after everyone else had finished!

1 mile warm up (10:20)
Recover 90 seconds
Repeat 8 times
1.5 mile cool down (11:15)

My 400m repeats were 8:15, 8:07, 8:20, 8:22, 8:16, 8:28, 8:24, and 8:06; all within my 8:15-8:45 goal pace.


I went to the Y and did some stretching, as well as the recumbent bike. It was a good change of pace and a good workout.


The plan called for 6 miles but I ended up running 4. The miles were pretty consistent at 10:10, 10:12, 10:04, and 10:14. The week had taken a lot out of me and I had a headache almost every day, so I didn’t feel bad cutting my run down.



Rest day!


The plan called for 12 miles with the last 3 miles at tempo/marathon pace. Compared to my 20 mile run the week before, this 12 mile run was just as hard. I was thankful it wasn’t any longer, but it still took a lot out of me. My last three miles were 9:42, 9:41, and 9:56 and I pushed it a little too hard.




Though I wasn’t feeling great, we headed to the Y afterwards and I went to piyo. I knew I needed a good stretch and some strength training would be good for me. We ended the class with corpse pose and I could have laid there all day.




I slept in before church and did my 3 mile recovery run in the afternoon. It was hot, but Kenley rode her bike with me to keep me company. I had a hard time keeping up with her!


This cutback week was hard! Looking back, it definitely took me a few days to recover from the 20 miler last weekend.

48 days until Chicago!

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