Monday, July 28, 2014

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 7

The most exciting thing that comes with the conclusion of this week of training? STEP BACK WEEK! Every third week I have planned to drop down the mileage of the long run. 14 last week, 18 this week which brings us to 10-12 this weekend. Woo to the hoo! 10-12 seems like nothing after running for 3+ hours this past weekend.  

But with dropping back the mileage my plan is to also run the long run as a progression run. Soooo no 11 minute miles should be happening during this coming one. Wah. Training is tough. And voluntary ;)

I'm pretty happy with how this week came out. One thing I will note is my legs were DEAD by the end. I took an early rest day Thursday and Friday they still did not seem refreshed. Then the November Project workout somehow killed them. 

Saturday I woke up for the NYRR Long Training Run and my body just told me no. I felt beat up and kind of ill so decided to hold off a day. For the best since I wound up adding 2 to my planned 16 and hit 18 miles! (okay so MAYBE I also didn't calculate where I would wind up ending at 16 and the more logical decision was to run another 2 to get closer to home and finish but whatever...)

I should also note that I keep planning to run long on Saturday and keep doing it on Sunday lol - it is nice to have that extra day to cushion myself if needed.

Monday - 5 miles @ 10:21 - Recovery run 

Tuesday - Exhale Power Yoga + 75 minutes on the Arc trainer (yay for cross training?) so many planks during this session! I woke up sore for sure. 

Wednesday - 2.3 miles @ 8:41 + 5 miles @ 10:22 (double day) plus upper body strength circuit - those morning miles would prove to be my only speedy ones all week.

Thursday - DAY OF REST - I had planned a tempo run but I knew my legs did not have it in them and decided not worth the junk miles since I wanted to hit up NP Friday.

Friday -  November Project + 3 miles @ 10:00 - this workout was everything you want it to be and then some. I am trying to make more of these and plan my weeks around them. SO FUN. 

(stolen from November Projects instagram :) Indian Run Planks. Get involved.
Saturday - 3.5 miles @ 10:17 - delayed long run so just easy since my legs were tight

Sunday - 18 miles @ 10:43 - went slow then went even slower - this was a doozy but I just kept telling myself to keep on moving. 

Total miles: 36.8

Goals for this week = a quality speed session. Hoping for a nice tempo run mid week. 

1 comment:

  1. I am doing the same thing this week, taking a down week. Yu will be amazed how much better you will feel...maybe not the first half of the week, but by next week. You are training smart Gianna, and it will pay off :) My legs were dead last week too....but that is mostly what marathon training is all about....the grind :)