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
M Ran 45 minutes for 3.76 miles
T Ran 45 minutes and 4 strides for 4.16 miles
W Cross Training 45 minutes using bike
S 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.
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.
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!
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
Here’s how training has gone so far:
• Week 1
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