*Week #3, September 21-27


  • PLAN – OFF
  • ACTUAL – OFF and went to see podiatrist.

My feet don’t hurt as much as before but I have some horrible calluses that I cannot get rid of no matter how much I use my pumice stone.  The podiatrist simply shaved it off.  Definitely much better.


  • PLAN – 4 miles
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.


  • PLAN – 6 miles (2 miles warmup, 6 x 400 @ 8:30 with 400 recovery in between,
    1 mile cool down)
  • ACTUAL – 2 miles @11:18, 6×400 @8:32 (walked 400 after each one), 1 mile @11.18.  Total 6 miles @12:51 pace

I went to the gym to get this workout done.  I did not want to go but didn’t want to miss another workout.


  • PLAN- 4 miles
  • ACTUAL- 3.04 miles @9:52 average pace

I met a friend for my weekly run with Fleet Feet Chicks Night.  Ran faster than I wanted to but just went with the flow.  It was a gorgeous evening for a run and it definitely felt like fall.  Splits are:
Mile 1-9:50
Mile 2-10:03
Mile 3-9:41


  • PLAN – OFF


  • PLAN- 5 miles
  • ACTUAL- Did not run.

I don’t think I’ve ever run on the day before a race.  The weather was in the high 60s in the morning so ideally I should have gone out to run.  Instead, I chose to sleep in and stay in bed.  I’ve had to get up at 5am pretty much every Saturday since May so it felt good to wake up a bit later than that.  I felt a little guilty for missing my run but then got over it.  🙂

In the afternoon I made my over downtown to pick up my packet for my race on Saturday, Chicago Half Marathon.  The last time I ran this race was in 2009.  I bought two tubes of Nuun (Kona Kola and Lemon-Lime).  I almost bought another hydration belt from Fitletic but then realized that I have one that is still in good condition so don’t really need another one.  Then I saw some really cute shirts from BAW (and I regret not taking any pictures) but my nephew talked me out of it by reminding me that I already have enough running shirts.  So, I walked away with spending only $10.  Not bad.



  • PLAN- 13.1 miles
  • ACTUAL- 13.23 miles @11.01 average pace

I was doing pretty good till mile 8 and then had a rough time towards the end.  My goal was to bring down my average pace to 10:55 but definitely struggled.  However, I am still pleased with how I did.  Check out that huge medal!  Splits are:
Mile 1-10:50
Mile 2-10:53
Mile 3-11:02
Mile 4-10:57
Mile 5-10:45
Mile 6-11:02
Mile 7-10:53
Mile 8-10:57
Mile 9-11:25
Mile 10-10:51
Mile 11-11:25
Mile 12-10:54
Mile 13-11:25



*Runs on treadmill are done on 1% incline.


  • I cannot believe that in two weeks I will have finished running the Chicago Marathon!
  • Still not sure on whether to run with or without my CamelBak.  Today I ran without it and did fine without it.
  • Today I ran half of a marathon.  I was so glad when I was done.  I was tired and sore and was wondering how in the world I can run another half marathon to complete a full marathon.

12 Comments on Chicago Marathon Training Recap Week #3

  1. Great job on the half…Glad I wasnt the only one to run a half this weekend 2 weeks before Chicago, and indeed an awesome bling!

  2. Congrats on running the Chicago Half Marathon. That’s a huge medal….gosh! How cool….haha. I can’t believe the Chicago Marathon is closing in….are you feeling ready? What is this foot pain about?

  3. Congrats on running the Chicago Half! Don’t worry about the full in two weeks. You are going to do fine. Just stick with your pace and then trust your training will help you hold that pace. The last 6.2 of the marathon is not easy for anyone, but that is what we’re paying for – the brief pain and then the permanent exhilaration of crossing the finish line! 🙂

    • Thank you. I think I will start slower (11:10/11:15) and then slowly go faster. As you saw from my splits I don’t think I can hold a 10:50-11:00 for the whole race. But then again I just might surprise myself!! 😉

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