Marathon Training {Week 3}

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

Monday

I was able to go to the spin class at the Y on Monday since I had some extra time in the morning because the kids didn’t need to be dropped off at camp. There were only three of us in class due to the holiday and class was hard! My legs were so heavy after my weekend of running and piyo, but it felt great to start the week with a good sweat.

Tuesday

For the 4th of July, I headed out to run an overpass with the girls for our hills workout. We were able to start a little later at 6am since no one had to go to work. Our hills workout was one mile warm-up, four miles of hills, and one mile cool down. I absolutely crushed this workout! It was hard, but I felt so good afterwards. My pace was also considerably faster than I expected it to be. My splits were: 10:03, 9:06, 9:44, 9:33, 9:32, 10:00.

Afterwards, we took a family trip to the Y and I did some strength training (arms and abs).

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Wednesday

Rest day! But I’m also calling it a cardio day based on how much we walked after the Metallica concert at midnight.

Thursday

I opted to sleep in on Thursday morning since I didn’t get into bed until almost 1:00am. I headed to the Y after work to get in my 5 miles. Running on the treadmill is certainly not as fun as running with friends, but I did a fast 5 miles while I listened to a podcast.

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I did run into these ladies after they finished piyo!

Friday

I met Heather at the Y for some time on the spin bike. I hadn’t seen her all week so we caught up while getting our workout in for the day.

Saturday

Our long run on Saturday was from Oviedo to Winter Springs on the Cross Seminole Trail. My alarm went off at 4:10am and I was out of the house by 4:30am. It was so great to run in a different part of town and I just love the trail. We got in 14 miles! This was my longest run EVER! The last couple of miles ended up being tempo at a faster pace since Michelle had to get back to go home. Surprisingly, I was able to do it and it felt good. Painful, but good.

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Sunday

I had 4 miles on the schedule for my recovery run on Sunday. I ran 1 mile, then picked up the rest of the crew for a family fun run. I pushed Crosby’s in the stroller for 2 miles and we stopped at Starbucks to get coffees for later. I ran the last mile without pushing the stroller. It was so hot and a hard run, but I was thankful to have some great company!

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Marathon Training {Week 2}

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

Another week has come and gone. Here is the breakdown for week two.

Monday

I rode on the spin bike on Monday morning while I read my book for class. It felt good to be working out and doing something productive for class.

Tuesday

I did the same speed workout as I did in week one, 8x400m. My goal was to jog rather than walk during the 90 second recovery from the 400m. I definitely walked a lot less and I still hit my goal pace of 8:15-8:30. My splits ranged from 7:56-8:26.

Wednesday

Rest day!

Thursday

I was aiming for consistent splits of 10:15 on Thursday for my tempo run. My splits were: 10:22, 10:16, 10:13, 9:55, 9:53. I was happy that my last two miles were the fastest, but that wasn’t the goal. Overall, it was a good run.

Friday

Heather and I did the elliptical to celebrate her birthday! I did three miles and I was feeling it in my feet. I had a busy day of work and was on my feet most of the day. I rolled on an ice bottle on Friday night in preparation for my long run on Saturday.

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Saturday

Due to the holiday weekend, there were only a few of us running on Saturday. We got in 12 long miles in the hot and humid weather. Afterwards, we took a family trip to the Y and I did piyo. It was hard, but I knew I wanted to get a good stretch in after my run.

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Sunday

I had a 4 mile recovery run planned but didn’t want to set my alarm, so I started just after 7am. I ran 1.5 miles then stopped by to get Kenley for the next 2.5 miles. She rode her bike and chatted with me during my run. It was so fun.

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Week two is in the books!

Marathon Training {Week 1}

Week one of training for the Chicago marathon is in the books and I am now on my journey to 26.2 in October.

Monday

After a weekend of back to back runs and piyo, my legs and feet were dead. I did 2 miles on the elliptical and opted for a good stretch for 10-15 minutes afterwards.

Tuesday

This was my first ever speed workout and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

1 mile warm up (10:00 pace)
400m (8:15-8:30 pace)
90 second recovery
Repeat 8 times
1 mile cool down (10:00 pace)

I hit my target paces for each 400m (ranging from 8:03-8:29) and walked between each 400m. My cool down ended up being 1.5 miles and my total miles for Tuesday were 5.25.

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Wednesday

I did 30 minutes on the spin bike for my cross training workout.

Thursday

My workout was five miles at marathon pace, though I’m not exactly sure what my marathon pace will be. I did all five miles at a pretty consistent pace:
10:03, 9:49, 10:13, 10:12, 10:02.

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

We headed down to Sarasota for the weekend, so my first long run of marathon training was a solo run. I figured this would be my first mental hurdle and it was. It was a rough run altogether, but I finished. Thankfully, I had a new podcast to listen to to keep me distracted for some of the run.

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Sunday

From what I have heard and read, recovery runs are just as important as the long runs since it’s all about running on tired legs. My first recovery run was 4 miles. I didn’t start until 7:45am so the sun was scorching and it was incredibly hot, but overall, my legs felt pretty good.

One down, 15 more to go!

 

my weekend in photos

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we headed to grammy’s house on friday afternoon. the kids didn’t waste any time, they jumped right into the pool for a swim.

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six manatees that came up to the dock to drink the water from the hose, including a little baby!

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friday night sunset.

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saturday morning sunrise.

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i got in ten miles on saturday. solo miles are not as fun but i did listen to a new podcast!

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we headed down to the beach on saturday morning. the water felt amazing!

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making the coolest sand castle.

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after naps for all, we headed out on the boat.

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our little navigators.

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the kids loved the sandbar!

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dinner and ice cream!

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after dinner family photo.

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i stopped for a quick picture during my run this morning. can’t beat that view.

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we had such a fun weekend at grammy’s house. how was your weekend?