Friday, August 29, 2014

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 12

I had a crazy "oh my god" moment at the beginning of the week looking at my training and realizing that I only have 4 more weeks of "hard" running before it is time to taper down. 

This is peak time baby! Get in those miles and bust it out...then try to not go crazy through the taper. I think I will be fine this time because I have so much going on and a wedding the weekend before Chicago so things to keep me occupied!

Another time flies.  

Monday - Cross Train - biked 17.6 miles 

Tuesday - 6 miles (treadmill since I was at the gym for a class) tempo run 9:08 average and Body Pump + extra glutes and core work

Wednesday - umm I am lazy rest day

Thursday - 3.5 miles w/ 2 x .25 hill repeats in the middle. Plus nice progression! 10:17, 9:23, 9:17, 8:55 (.5) + 45 minute strength/core session - 6 weeks before the marathon I am hoping throwing in some hills helps get me stronger. Better late than never?  I'm trying...

Friday - 4.11 miles @ 9:26 - nothing spectacular about this run other than the morning was frickin gorgeous! Oh how I have enjoyed cooler temps the past couple of days.

Saturday - 4 hot steamy miles @ 10:03 late morning beach run. Headed from the city to the beach pretty early but sun was blazing when I finally got out. Splits: 10:15, 10:13, 10:21, 9:24 

Sunday - 18 miles planned. 10 finished @ 10:30. 

Basically hot and humid and I felt like crap. Dizzy and vision was hazy. 

I ran 2 miles and met my friend Faith again and she ran us through a dynamic warmup. We started up again and I felt even worse. I was 10:31, 10:23, 10:59, 10:41, 10:33, 10:36, 10:23, 10:23, 10:14, 10:20

Fingers crossed for some less humid weather for next weeks long run. Officially over it. 


  1. I know! Isn't it crazy to think it is really not that far away, scary stuff. I apologized to my boyfriend the other day as I have been crazy paranoid that my old injury will come back.....but I said I apologized in advance as the paranoia will be 10x worse come taper time haha.

    The humidity makes long runs tough doesn't it, I rally struggled yesterday. Everything else seemed to be okay for you though, so as long as you get it all in from here on out, you will be fine :) Lets just hope the weather is good for us!

  2. Hi Marathon runner! Despite the tough training I can sense anticipated excitement in you for Chicago! Bully for you. Have great fun!