I am not quite sure what week this is of marathon training. I have been working with a coach for the past few months so I guess that was my pre-marathon training. I am now in official marathon training mode.
Anyway, so far most of my runs have been easy runs between 3 to 6 miles. I’ve run a half marathon and felt really good throughout the race. Also, I’m happy with my paces and get really excited when I have negative splits. I told my coach that I don’t plan to negative split but that it just happens.
Since my runs are easy runs, I’ve been doing those outside. On Thursdays I run with a group out of Fleet Feet South Loop as part of FF Chicks’ Night. It is very casual and laid back. We start at 6:30 pm and run between 3-6 miles. I like going there because I get to run along the lakefront and run with some amazing girls. There are some incentives (shirt, jacket, gift certificate) when you run with the group and log your miles. Come check it out!
When I was in school I would stay there till 5:45, change into my running clothes and then head out to the store. It worked out perfect because I was able to work on my lesson plans (I would normally do them on Friday) and grade some papers. Now that school is over, well, I need to get used to this change and make sure I head out there in the evening.
I’ve been taking a spinning class twice a week and doing yoga once a week. Spinning is Monday and Friday at 5:45 am. I know, very early. The plus side is that I would shower at the gym and then drive to school. Very convenient. Well, school is over so I get to come home and shower here.
I’ve been doing my long runs with Chicago Endurance Sports. This past week I did my second long run with them. I missed the week before because I was in VT running the Covered Bridges Half Marathon. They’re a great group of runners and I love my running group (11:30s). We meet at 6:30am at Fleet Feet South Loop. The location is perfect, 10-15 minutes from my house, free parking, and afterwards I can shop for any running necessities.
I don’t want to jinx it but I am very excited about my marathon training. I am definitely liking my runs so much more and get excited when I am done with a run knowing that I am getting closer to my goal of crossing the finish line of the Chicago Marathon.
What are you training for this summer? How is it going? I may be a slow runner but I would love to join you. Then we can head out to eat.