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Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 2

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Illinois Marathon training has begun.  Now it feels like winter in Chicago.  It was nice and warm on Monday and then dropped 30-40 degrees for the rest of the week.  As mentioned in this post, I’m training with Mary from Lift | Run | Perform for a few weeks before I start my “official” training with a few other women that are training for the Boston Marathon.    

Week #2, December 4-December 10

Ran 45 minutes for 3.76 miles
T Ran 45 minutes and 4 strides for 4.16 miles
Cross Training 45 minutes using bike
TH OFF
F OFF
Ran 10.25 Miles
S Ran 45 minutes and 4 strides for 4.22 miles

I love seeing the holiday decorations.  It was nice and warm on Monday and I could have worn shorts but opted to wear a new to me pair of Oiselle Aero Tights.  Oh, and another new pair of Brooks Launch 4.  They’re on sale on Running Warehouse and at the Brooks site.  Have I told you how much I love my Oiselle Lightning Layer?  Seriously, the BEST reflective piece of gear you need when running in the dark.

Tuesday workout was the same as Monday but I added 4 strides (20 seconds) and 60 seconds recovery.  Easy.  But I was cold.  It was 31 degrees.  Lola didn’t care.

The elliptical machine bores me so this week Mary had me use the bike.  Much better.  I did get tired of sitting down and found myself moving around a little to get comfortable.  I know, I complain too much.  If it isn’t one thing, it is another.

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Saturday’s run was tough.  Another cold but also WINDY day.   The first 5 miles were fine but struggled the last 5.  Well, we ran nonstop for a little over 3 miles and then I told the group that I needed to walk a little.  Not surprisingly, the last two miles were my slowest.  Overall, my average pace was 11:28 which made me very happy.  

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I missed my workout on Friday because I was cold and tired.  I came home from a long day of meetings and just wanted to stay in bed.  I sent an email to Mary explaining the situation and she responded saying to get some rest and to do the workout on Sunday.  I thought for sure she was going to tell me to just skip it.  Nope.  It wasn’t as cold as on Saturday and luckily it was 45 minutes instead of 10 miles.  🙂  I think I did pretty good!

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Another week of training for the Illinois Marathon.  It was colder than I wanted it to be but that is expected for December.  🙂

Total mileage for the week: 22.40
Total mileage for this training cycle: 42.31
Total mileage for the year: 736.69

How was YOUR week?

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Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 1

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Illinois Marathon training has begun.  It doesn’t feel like winter here in Chicago so it has been awesome to run outside.  As mentioned in this post, I’m training with Mary from Lift | Run | Perform for a few weeks before I start my “official” training with a few other women that are training for the Boston Marathon.    

Week #1, November 27-December 3

Ran 45 minutes for 3.74 miles
T Cross Training 45 minutes using elliptical machine
W Ran 45 minutes for 3.79 miles
TH OFF
F Ran 40 minutes for 3.33 miles
Ran 9.05 Miles
S OFF

New shoes, socks, and Oiselle spandos to start off my week and my training.

Illinois Marathon-3The two 45 minute runs were actually fun!  I asked Mary what pace I should do these runs and she told me “easy, very easy pace”.  No problem at all.

Tuesday workout bore me.  I detest the elliptical machine.  I did get to watch 45 minutes of the “Sex and the City” movie.  I still think Carrie should have married Aidan.

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December started off with running 3.33 miles in 40 minutes.  Again, easy pace.  I had planned to go in the morning but woke up very cold.  It turned out that the heat was off.  I did text the owner to let him know and it was working again later on in the day.  He didn’t explain what had happened and I did not ask.

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How is it that 62 degrees feels great outside but inside a house it is very cold?

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Saturday mornings I help pace the 11:00 group out of Fleet Feet.  The past couple of weeks I’ve struggled to maintain that pace.  The 11:30 group didn’t have a pacer on Saturday and I offered to pace it.  It was awesome!  I felt great!  It could have been the weather, pace or some new to me energy chews.  I requested to be moved to the 11:30 and from now on that will be my group to pace.

My first week went well.  I did all of my workouts and am pleased with my results.  Next week I have 3 days of easy run, cross training on the bike on Wednesday, and 10 miles on Saturday.

Total mileage for the week: 19.91
Total mileage for this training cycle: 19.91
Total mileage for the year: 714.30

How was YOUR week?

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Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago 5k Recap

Disclaimer:  I received a free entry to the Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!

I had originally signed up for the 8K.  However, I know it is always cold in November so when I picked up my bib, I changed it to run the 5K.  Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t that cold.  🙂

I picked up my bib on Sunday afternoon.  I was in and out in about 10 minutes.  I did not read the information carefully because later on that week I found out that there was race day packet pickup.  That is what I get for not reading carefully the race information.

One thing I dislike about racing in Lincoln Park is the parking.  I knew it would be a hassle so I made sure to get there early to get a spot.  Indeed I did (5 minutes from the start) but I had to wait about 2 hours in my car.  Not sure if it was worth it.  My friend Michelle joined me at about 8:30 and then at 8:50 we left my warm car to use the port-a-potties and run the race.

There were 2 waves in this race.  We did not plan it carefully because we missed the 1st wave.  By the time we made it to the race and were done using the port-a-potties, people were lining up for the 2nd wave which began at 9:30.  I was annoyed (mainly at myself) because I could have been in the 1st wave if I had left earlier. 

Finally it was time to run and it was a total mess.  The path was narrow and there were so many people on it.  There were lots of walkers (which is fine) but I wished they would have moved over to the right.  I had no time goal for this race but just to have fun.  I tried.  I was happy with the weather because it did warm up.  I wore a Oiselle wazzie wool top and a flyout jacket and was HOT.  But it was CROWDED.  I am not a fast runner at all and found myself weaving around to pass the runners.  

The turnaround was a little before Irving Park Road.  I don’t remember at what point the 5k and 8K runners split up but eventually we were reunited.  Yeah, I don’t think this merging area was suitable.

By now my goal was just to get to the finish line.  And that is exactly what I did.  Happy to be done and collect my medal.  But before I could do that, I had to get through a gridlock of people also trying to collect their medal.

I didn’t stay afterwards to enjoy the festivities.  It looked like people were having a good time after the race.

The medal is cute.

I was really hoping to enjoy the race.  I just couldn’t.  It sold out before Thursday so I am not sure how many people in total participated in this race.  I am glad the sun came out and it wasn’t too cold but that particular area of the lakefront is not a good choice for a race.

Did you run a Turkey Trot Race on Thursday?  How did it go?

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.

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Illinois Marathon Training Plan

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My training will consist of running 4-5 times a week.  It will also include cross and strength training, which I know is necessary, but always fail to do.

I know I wrote about one day qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  I haven’t given up on that but for now it will be pushed to the side.  Or maybe THIS is my training to train to train to train for a BQ?  🙂

As a HUGE fan of the Brooks Launch 4, I am looking forward to wearing some new shoes that I’ve purchased these past few months (Yes, I am aware I have a problem).  

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I also want these.  Cute shoes and running clothes are required in order to have a good run.  Right?

Friday Five 2.0-5 Things I Am Thankful For

Thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes!  I had a great time this weekend.  The celebration began on Friday with dinner and drinks with my coworkers.  I received a few gift cards while enjoying some delicious food at Miller’s Ale House.  Then on Saturday I met my sisters and brother for lunch.  The plan was to eat Thai food but the restaurant was closed!  It was 12:30!!  So we ended up going to a Chinese restaurant.  It was very good and hit the spot.  On Sunday I went out for a run and then met a friend for breakfast at Nana’s.  We had pancakes and a breakfast burrito.  Finally Monday was even more special.  I went out for a run and and then at school the administrators made breakfast for the teachers.  They do this a few times a year and it is always delicious.  I received a few more gift cards and donuts from coworkers.  That evening I went home to relax and to be thankful for celebrating another birthday.

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you ate a lot of food and enjoyed everything.  I ran a Turkey Trot in the morning and then went to my brother’s house for dinner.  We had turkey, corn, mashed potatoes, and rice.

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Now let’s continue with this post of things I am thankful for (in no specific order of importance).  However, there are many things I am thankful for but for this post only picked five.  It wasn’t easy.

  • My health.  I’ve been lucky because for pretty much of my 45 years on this earth, I’ve been healthy.  The only “scary” thing I’ve heard is a few years ago when my doctor told me I was borderline pre-diabetic.  I was confused because I couldn’t understand how a runner could be pre-diabetic.  Yes, I was ignorant.  That was a wake up call for me and I made a few changes in my eating habits.  I don’t remember everything I did but it was enough that when I went back the following year, I was no longer pre-diabetic.
  • My family.  I have 5 sisters and 1 brother.  We don’t always see each other but do our best to have a good time when we are together.  I do have an abundance of cousins from both my mom and dad’s side.  Whenever we get together we eat 🙂 and laugh and always cherish our times together.  A group of them (and my brother) helped my sister move to a condo and her son saw how our family came together to make it happen.  
  • My cat.  Lola has been with me since June 2016.  She makes me laugh.  She is loving but sometimes wants to be left alone.  She definitely knows who her momma is and comes to me at night when it is time to sleep.  We also nap together.
  • My students.  As much as they exhaust me, I love my students.  I love it when they greet me in the morning all excited and ready to learn.  I love seeing their little faces when they are thinking about something I just taught them and the wheels are turning in their head.  I love it at the end of the day when they hug me before saying goodbye and going home knowing that I will be seeing them again the next day.  
  • My job/career.  I don’t love my job but do like it.  Well, let me clarify by saying that if teachers were left alone to simply teach, there would be some very happy teachers out there.  I do my best to enjoy it however I can.  I teach but also make sure my kids have fun and look forward to coming back the next day.  I know that at the end of the day I am making a difference in someone’s life.  <<That is what keeps me going.

How was your Thanksgiving?  What are you thankful for?

I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 2.0.

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