Good morning and we are finally back with an update on our Chicago Marathon training. It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update (insert numerous excuses here). We are beginning to run our peak mileage weeks and as a result, we are exhausted, sore and have no free time. Let’s dive in and see how our weeks went.
Well things have been progressing slowly for me. I haven’t seen the improvement in my times that I would expect to have seen 11 weeks into training. I know there are all kinds of schools of thought regarding pace during training runs, with some running coaches and schools of thought encouraging people to run a minute or more off of race pace during their long runs. I’m not a fan of that school of thought only because I want to know that I can run ‘near’ my pace as it gives me confidence going into the race. Thus far, my confidence is lacking because I haven’t had a long run close to my ‘goal pace’. Let’s take a look at my runs last week:
Monday: 18 Miles @ 8:14 min./mile
Tuesday: 8 Miles
Wednesday: 2 mile warm-up; 8 miles @ half marathon pace.
Thursday: 10 Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 20 Miles @ 8:11 min./mile
Sunday: 7 Miles
Weekly Total = 73 Miles
After a bit of a setback from dropping the weight on my foot, I’m back to business. Between a week and a half off from that incident and vacation the week before where running schedules were completely thrown out the window I lost some conditioning and it was interesting trying to get back into the swing of things. I’ve been making minor tweaks where need be just to keep myself as healthy as possible. Each long run now brings distances that I haven’t covered before and along with that the need to figure out a fueling plan. i thought I had a decent plan worked out, but on Sunday’s 18 miler it didn’t work out so well so I’m back to the drawing board on that. I think I’m going to need to eat a bigger meal before hand and then start fueling very early in the race to make this work. For whatever reason my body burns through the fuel quickly and I found myself getting dizzy at around 14 miles.
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: 3 miles- I cut this one short..my legs were dead
Wednesday: 1 mile warm up 6 miles tempo 1 mile cool down
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 6 miles
Sunday: 18 miles
Weekly Total = 45 miles