Monday, July 21, 2014

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 6

Overall I must say, pretty happy with how this week panned out. 

I am a LOT more laid back with the training this year. I start each week with a rough idea of the mileage I want to hit and the couple of workouts I want to nail down (1 speed and 1 long being the keys). But other than that as I have said before the goal is to run 5, cross train 1 and rest 1. 

I ran 6 and rested 1 this week so there is that. But, I did rest! So yay! I have also become a fan of doing doubles - when I can't get out of bed in the morning for all the miles. Oops. #laziness

Without further ado...

Monday - Double - 2.5 miles @ 8:35 pace + 4 miles @ 9:59 pace

Tuesday - MORE DOUBLES! So I was to run a 5K at night that I planned to use as a time trial and actually race but - spoiler alert rained out - they called it AT THE START TIME (okay I wasn't really sad all day I was dreading it). So in the morning I did 20 minutes on the Arc Trainer plus 10 mins of core intending to loosen up. Evening ran my 5K indoors @ 8:36 pace (had I raced this would have been MUCH worse, I was dying - and note the day before I was bounding with more energy at a similar pace - running is so weird!).

Wednesday - 2.15 miles @ 9:18 pace + 15 minutes of strength training


Friday - 3.4 miles @ 8:49 pace + core 

Saturday - 6.25 miles @ 9:35 pace

Sunday - 14 MILES! @ 10:42 - oh holy long run victory. I mentioned last week that my stomach has been MUCH better. I waited it out to do this because I was le tired from a super duper fun Saturday. I am also trying to work on fueling. I want to give up gels because I have never gotten anything but an upset stomach and the "oh my god I need a bathroom right now" effect from them. I had heard a lot about fig newtons as a "real food" alternative and decided to give something similar Fig Bars a whirl. And success! Not only did I make only one bathroom stop (and not an upset stomach stop) but I managed to take in 200 calories on the run AND about 24 ounces of water. From the girl who could never get a sip in that is a miracle. 

On top of that taking it oh so slow meant I was not beat at the end. Hmm maybe that whole run a lot slower than goal pace thing is true? I have run pretty much ALL my training runs in the past faster than my marathon average pace...something wrong there, right?

Total miles: 35.4 - creeping up!

This coming week is the first NYCM training run in Central Park (I am also running NYC after Chicago). I am really looking forward to this. Last year my best long run was the 18 miler training run - so hoping this one brings some more running success. But lets just say after a great 14 yesterday - I am a LOT more confident in the long run. 

One more down and seriously - WHERE IS SUMMER GOING? I am not tan enough for it to be almost August.

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