We are now only 17 weeks away from the 2017 Chicago Marathon and it was good to get the first week of training in the books. We both were able to complete all of our runs and stay on track during the week.
The first week of training for a marathon is full of issues for most people – logistics, early injuries, and equipment problems to name a few. We had a few of our own issues to deal with this week as well. First, we had visitors staying with us and it’s hard to balance the need to run with the need to spend time with our guests. We also had some major homeowner issues this week and actually had repairmen working on our Washing Machine, Dryer and Water Heater all within a 20 hour period. Ultimately, we had to replace our water heater (ourselves), get some new parts for our dryer and, thankfully, the issue with the washer was related to the water heater. Regardless, it was an expensive and stressful span that necessitated having to adjust schedules.
Travis will still have some logistical issues this week as he continues to travel for work and will be out of town all week. Before we look ahead, lets see what we did this week.
I began the week excited to get back into a full training program once again. Quickly I realized I may be excited, but I’m still far from being in shape. I’m sure this feeling will subside in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at my week:
Monday: 5 Miles
Tuesday: 6 Miles
Wednesday: 2 mi. WU; 4 x 800’s w/ rest; 2 mi. CD (6 miles)
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 5 Miles
Saturday: 10 Mile Long Run
Sunday: 5 Miles
Weekly Total = 37 Miles
So far, so good! I know, I know… it’s only the first week. So since last fall I’ve been working off of a five day a week schedule, but I’ve added back in the sixth day knowing that I’ll quickly add in another rest day should I need it. We usually keep our long run days separate so that we’re both able to get them in and still have a life outside of training, but there was a race that I wanted to do with Parker this weekend so I shifted to Saturday instead. The 5K was intended to be my mileage for Sunday, but not much running happened so later in the afternoon I added a couple more miles. Parker really loved the color stations that were spread throughout the race, but just wasn’t feeling the running or walking today so he caught a piggy back ride for about 2 miles. We had a great time and the race was for a good cause- win, win!
Monday: 3 Miles
Tuesday: 4 Miles
Wednesday: 2 Miles WU, 2×800 w/2 min rest, 2 Mi CD
Thursday: 4 Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 8 Miles
Sunday: 3 Miles
Weekly Total = 27 Miles
If you’re training for a fall race, we hope you had a great week and we look forward to sharing our journey with you again next week.