Marathon Training {Week 11}

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

I was a slacker this week with my cross training and skipped the gym a couple of times. I felt like I needed the extra sleep in the morning, though I probably didn’t. This coming week will be better in that department.

Tuesday

Our Tuesday run started earlier than normal as we had 8 miles on the plan. The workout was eight 800s with a 90 second recovery in between, including one mile warm up and one mile cool down. My goal pace for each 800m was 8:15-8:45. I hit my goal pace on three of them, I was between 8:45-9:15 on three others, and I was between 9:15-9:30 on the other two. This was a hard workout. My legs felt dead for the first few miles before I actually felt warmed up. I felt really good once it was over though!

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Thursday

We had 7 miles on Thursday. My pace ranged from 9:52-10:34 over the course of 7 miles. It was hot and humid.

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Saturday

Our Saturday long run was 16 miles through Orange and Seminole counties. I tested out a potential race day outfit, as did a few others. Overall, it was a good long run, which I haven’t had in a while, so I’ll take it! Bonus: we also stopped at two of the three McDonald’s on the route which as become our thing. It’s only appropriate considering we’re running for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Sunday

We were in Sarasota on Sunday so I did my recovery run by myself. I felt pretty good after my long run on Saturday, so I decided to tackle the bridge! I probably went a little faster and harder than I should have for a recovery run, but I still felt good after it was over. The views weren’t bad either!

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Five weeks until race day!

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