Marathon Training {Week 15}

On Sunday, I will be running the Chicago Marathon {cue minor panic attack just typing those words}. I was really looking forward to taper time following our 22 miler at the end of week 13 but these taper weeks have proved to be really hard. My calf started bothering me last week and continued this week. I also was put in an antibiotic on Thursday due to a lingering sinus infection, so it was a light week for me training wise.

Monday

Rest day.

Tuesday

This was our last speed work day! The work out was as follows:

1 mile warm up
200m (8:15-8:45) — This pace was set from the last time we did Fartleks.
30 seconds recovery
Repeat 12 times
1 mile cool down

My 200m splits were: 8:00, 8:26, 8:06, 8:22, 8:15, 8:07, 7:51, 7:35, 7:40, 7:52, 7:14, 7:03. I’ve improved so much since the last time we did this workout in week six. However, I walked three quarters of the last mile back since my calf was bothering me. I busted it out for this workout and I am so proud. However, I probably could have done without it.

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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

I rested and rolled my calf all three days.

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Saturday

Our long run was supposed to be 10 miles, but I stopped after 3. My chiropractor and everyone kept reminding me that I really don’t need this run. The hay is in the barn at this point and there was no reason to run if my calf was hurting. I didn’t want to stop and I had some tears, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I stretched, rolled, iced, and walked on my calf the rest of the day Saturday.

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Sunday

Rest day.

I am trusting in the plan and trusting in the taper at this point. Week 16 will consist of me resting my calf and fueling all week for the race on Sunday. I’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears over the last 15 weeks for this marathon and I intend to go out and crush it.

Marathon Training {Week 14}

It was another weird week following week 13 and hurricane Irma. Greg left town on Sunday to visit his brother in Colorado.

Monday & Tuesday

Rest days due to single parenting duties, soccer practice, and open house. I was also still recovering from my 22 on Saturday, so I didn’t really mind the two days of rest.

Wednesday

I pushed my 5 mile speed workout to Wednesday after work when Greg got home. The workout was 400 repeats:

1 mile warm up
400m (8:15-8:45)
Recover (90 seconds)
Repeat 8 times
1.2 mile cool down

My 400m splits were 8:18, 8:32, 8:45, 8:30, 8:19, 8:29, 9:43, 9:28. The 9:43 split was only .14 miles which was my own fault for hitting the lap button unintentionally on my watch. Overall, it was a good workout. Afterwards my calf was really bothering me. I spent the rest of the evening rolling it.

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Thursday

I woke up with a very sore calf on Thursday so I opted to skip my 6 mile run. There was no need to push it this week. I knew I needed to let it rest and heal.

Friday

Another rest day.

Saturday

Thanks to taper time, we only had 12 miles on Saturday. I ran intervals with Heather during the run which was a great change of pace. My calf hurt afterwards, but I spent the rest of the day moving it to keep it loose. I also got a pedicure and wore my calf sleeve the rest of the day.

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Sunday

I went out for my recovery run at 1pm on Sunday. It was hot. I got in 3 miles and felt pretty good. It was good to get my legs moving though I was dying of sweat when I got home.

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Two weeks until race day!

Marathon Training {Week 13}

Happy Monday!

Hurricane Irma really impacted this week’s runs, but I pieced them together to get as many miles in as I could.

Monday

Rest day/hurricane day. I only left the house to walk around the block and we didn’t have power, so I couldn’t get in a treadmill run.

Tuesday

I skipped the early morning run on Tuesday due to barely sleeping (on the couch). I got in four miles quick miles around my neighborhood with the hopes of trying for speed work the next day. I also checked out the storm damage along the way.

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Wednesday

Since we stayed at the hotel on Tuesday night, Heather offered to meet me for a run on Wednesday morning. I realized at 4:45am that I forgot to pack socks, so we settled for 3 miles together (me being sock less). I did some weight training once I got back to the hotel. After we got home, I put on shoes (and socks) and headed out for 5 more miles in the heat.

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Thursday

Heather and I did 2 miles on the treadmill before meeting up with the group at 6am for 4 miles outside. The 4 miles were a mix of running and walking and chatting.

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Friday

Rest day.

Saturday

We met at 4am to start our longest long run of training. Due to different schedules, there was only 6 of us that ran on Saturday. We had a large loop planned out, but ended up doing 11 miles out and back for our total of 22 miles. It was a hard, but good run. The last 7 miles were directly in the sun between 8am and 9am and it was downright hot. We were all on the struggle bus at that point. Our route ended about a half of a mile short so we got in a little recovery walk after it was over.

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This run was a challenge physically, but also mentally and emotionally. We shared stories of how supportive our families have been and how amazing our friends are. We were treated to Starbucks coffees after we returned from our run from our friends, in addition to an onslaught of sweet and encouraging text messages. I teared up just reading through them. I’ve been blessed with such an amazing support system throughout this journey.

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Sunday

I was supposed to get in 5 recovery miles on Sunday but I arrived at the Y a little too late for 5 miles. I could only get in 2.5 miles before childcare closed. The miles felt pretty good considering how tired my legs were. 2.5 miles are better than no miles!

Less than 3 weeks until race day. Bring on the taper!

Marathon Training {Week 12}

This has felt like the longest week ever as we have prepared for the hurricane to arrive in Florida. I also can’t believe I am less than a month away from race day!

Monday

Rest day!

Tuesday

Tuesday was a nine mile repeat ladder workout with target paces:

1 mile warm up
400m (8:15-8:45)
800m (8:30-9:00)
1600m (8:45-9:15)
x 3
2 mile cool down

I crushed this workout. My ladder times were as follows:

400m (8:22), 800m (8:40), 1600m (9:02)
400m (8:24), 800m (9:01), 1600m (9:00)
400m (8:40), 800m (8:46), 1600m (9:13)

It felt so good to run nine miles before work. I was on a runner’s high most of the day.

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Wednesday

I headed to the Y after work and rode on the spin bike.

Thursday

After coughing during the night, I woke up feeling pretty crappy so I skipped my early morning run. We ended up getting out of work early due to hurricane prep and I had every intention going to the Y to get in some treadmill miles, but once I got home, I went right to bed.

Friday

The kids were out of school so we headed to the Y for a little bit. I ran and walked three miles on the treadmill. It was hard and I was really worried about my long run on Friday. However, it was good to sweat a little bit.

Saturday

The training plan called for 18 miles, but we weren’t sure what weather to expect on Saturday morning. We were all okay with trying to get in as many miles as we could and calling it a day if needed. There was a little bit of lightning during the first 8 miles or so. We stopped at Publix at mile 5 to pick up the second group of girls for our run. We figured we had their cars if we needed to stop at 13 miles. We got out to our 9 mile turnaround and it was drizzling a little bit. The rest of the run was great though. We stopped at our usual McDonald’s at refill our Camelbaks between miles 10 and 11. From there it seemed like we were outrunning the dark clouds. It started drizzling a little bit again at mile 17 which was by far the hardest mile. I was mentally and physically done at that point. It was my slowest mile of the day, but I finished all 18!

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Afterwards, we headed into the Walmart Neighborhood Market for some last minute “necessities”.

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Sunday

I got in 4 recovery miles on the treadmill at home since we weren’t in any position to run outside. Thankfully, I had no excuse but to run since we were cooped up inside.

Hopefully, Irma doesn’t interrupt any runs this week, but only time will tell! One more week until it’s taper time!

 

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!

Marathon Training {Week 10}

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

Monday

I rode on the recumbent bike at the Y and listened to a podcast. It felt good to get my legs moving.

Tuesday

For the hill workout we ventured out to run an overpass in the area. I did one mile warm up, 4 miles of hills back and forth on the overpass, and one mile cool down. It was a good change up from our normal speed workouts on Tuesday. I felt really good after my run, which was much needed. It had been a while since I had a really good run.

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Wednesday

Rest day!

Thursday

Heather and I started early and did 3 miles before meeting up with the group for another 4 miles. 7 miles total at a 10:19 pace.

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Friday

Another rest day!

Saturday

We met up at 4:30am for our long run on Saturday. We ran the little loop which is 2 miles, then headed out on the long loop for another 12 miles. The last 3 miles were supposed to be at marathon tempo pace and my last 2 miles were the fastest miles of my run at 10:06 and 9:26. Overall, I felt really good during and after my run. It was also great to see Kayla who I haven’t ran in a long time.

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Sunday

I put off my run all day long as I was still trying to recover from my late night on Saturday night. I finally got out the door just after 5pm and got in 5 miles for my recovery run. It felt pretty good but my legs were definitely sore as the night went on.

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Six more weeks until race day!

Marathon Training {Week 9}

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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)
400m
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.

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

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Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

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.

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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.

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Sunday

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!

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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!