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Category: Marathon Training

Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 8

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Week #8, January 15-21

M OFF
T Ran 3.09 miles
W Did not run
TH Ran 3.17 miles
F OFF
Ran 100 minutes for 8.45 miles
S Ran 3.35 miles

Even with a 4 day work week, it felt like a LONG and exhausting week.  Two tests (MAP) were given this week and my kids were all tired from them.  

We got more snow on Monday so there was plenty of it still on Tuesday.  I took it slow because I did not want to fall and actually enjoyed it.  The sunset was beautiful!!

I had to do a quality session run on Wednesday (1.5 warm up and cooldown and 8×2 minute intervals at 10:02 pace).  I changed clothes at school and made my way to the airport.  I started running and then all of a sudden I got really cold and simply gave up.  I did not want to deal with the cold weather.  I did try to convince myself that it would get better and to just run.  Nope, didn’t work.  I went home.

Lola wondered why I was home early.  She was not pleased with my decision.

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By Thursday most of the snow had melted.  It made the run a little easier.  I have a Nathan headlamp but cannot find it.  I have an old one I used during Ragnar a few years ago but don’t like it too much because it isn’t as bright like my other one.

I was supposed to do my long run on Sunday but asked my coach if I could do it on Saturday because it was supposed to rain on Sunday.  It was GORGEOUS on Saturday!  I wore my Oiselle Wazzie Wool top and a vest.  I was a little afraid because I thought I was going to be cold but I was actually comfortable.  The sun helped too.  

I wore shorts for Sunday’s run!  It wasn’t as warm as yesterday and cloudy but it still felt really good.  Can you tell I love my Brooks Launch 4?  🙂

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Another great week of marathon training.  The warmer weather makes me happy and made my runs more pleasant.  I am enjoying my easy runs and have managed to stay on pace.  Just less than 14 weeks to go till the Illinois Marathon!

Total mileage for the week: 18.06
Total mileage for this training cycle: 139.28
Total mileage for the year: 60.50

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7

How was YOUR week?  Any suggestions for a headlamp?

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Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 7

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Week #7, January 8-14

M OFF
T Ran 3.32 miles
W Did not run
TH Quality Session (1.50 miles warmup, 5 x 3 minute intervals with 2 minutes recovery, 1.50 miles cooldown)
F Ran 2.53 miles
Ran 5 miles
S Ran 100 minutes for 8.46 miles

I went back to work this week and it was tough!  Even my kids struggled.  Lots of coffee helped me get through the school day and my workouts.

Tuesday’s run felt warm compared to the earlier in the week.  It actually felt great out there.

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I missed Wednesday’s workout (30 minutes).  Somehow I did not see it in my training calendar.  I was focusing and planning for Thursday’s run.  It wasn’t until 9:30pm that I checked my calendar and noticed that I had a run that day.  Ugh!  I actually felt bad for missing it and sent an email to my coach.  It would have been a perfect evening to run because the temperature was in the high 50s.

I had a meeting on Thursday so I knew I didn’t have to get to school early.  I went out for my run and it was awesome!  I did overdress and I could have worn shorts.  The goal for each interval was 10:02 and I nailed each one–even if almost all of them were positive splits!  It was definitely a confidence booster and next week I get to do 8 x 2 minute intervals.

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Since I missed my workout on Wednesday, I ran on Friday after school.  Cold again.  Thanks goodness it was “only” 30 minutes.

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Saturday was my last day pacing my group.  It wasn’t too bad.  It was cold and windy and there was one section of the lakefront that was covered in ice.  While it did look pretty, it was very slippery.  I walked very slowly and finally made it to the end of the icy path.  On the way back, I took another route to avoid that path.  

The past few weeks Sunday has been my day off from running.  Today’s plan was to run 90 minutes.  Somehow I made a mistake and saw next week’s run and ran 100 minutes.  The sun was out and with all of my layer I was warm.  I did get cold when I had to wait for the train to go through.  Once home a hot shower and cup of tea warmed me up.

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Overall, it was a great week.  I am pleased that even with the cold weather (except on Wednesday) I did all of my runs outside.  I participated in the lululemon 40/80 Challenge but managed 63 kilometers.  But let me complain again.  I am tired of this cold weather.  And I am also tired of complaining.  Sigh.  I’ll stop.  🙂

Total mileage for the week: 24.69
Total mileage for this training cycle: 121.22
Total mileage for the year: 42.44

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

How was YOUR week?  What’s the weather like in your city/town?  Did you participate in the lululemon 40/80 Challenge?

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Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 6

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Week #6, January 1-7

Ran 3.01 miles 
T OFF
W Ran 4.01 miles
TH Ran 3.01 miles
F OFF
Ran 90 minutes for 7.72 miles
S OFF

This week I was excited that most of my runs were “actual” miles instead of minutes.  Started off the week and the New Year with a run on the treadmill.  My gym wasn’t crowded but definitely more people than usual.

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Tuesday was a rest day but I couldn’t believe that last year there were leaves on the ground!

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It did warm up a little for Wednesday’s run and I actually enjoyed it!  While I enjoy running along the lakefront, I also like running around Midway Airport.  It is easy to get to, plenty of parking, and one loop is 4 miles.  Earlier that day I made my first batch of Vegetarian Bean Chili.  It wasn’t out of this word but still good.  My mistake was that I added too many beans.  Haha, now I know.  🙂

On Thursday it was sunny and that made the run even more pleasant.  Still cold but better than negative 0 degrees.

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Saturday morning I woke up cold and tired.  I was supposed to meet up with a few other Oiselle girls at 10:00 for a run but decided not to go.  Then I waited for it to warm up.  I finally went out at 1pm.  I wore 2 pairs of socks, 2 pants, 2 pairs of gloves, 3 tops, and 1 hat.  The sun felt wonderful.  There wasn’t a lot of wind and that definitely helped as well.  At the end of my run I was tired and hungry.  And then I was very cold.

Another great week of running!  Sad that it is my last week of winter break.  However, I enjoyed my two weeks off and am looking forward to seeing my kids tomorrow!

Total mileage for the week: 17.75
Total mileage for this training cycle: 96.53
Total mileage for the year: 17.75

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

How was YOUR week?  What’s the weather like in your city/town?

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Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 5

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Week #5, December 25-December 31

Ran 30 minutes for 2.35 miles 
T OFF
W Ran 45 minutes for 3.59 miles
TH OFF
F Did not run
Ran 80 minutes for 6.46 miles
S OFF

Started off the week on Christmas morning with 30 minutes of running.  It was cold with lots of snow on the ground making it difficult for running.  Most of the sidewalk wasn’t clean so I had to run on the streets.  I was thankful that it was “only” 30 minutes.

The rest of the day was spent on the couch reading “An Innocent Man”.  Wow!  I finished it on Friday and it is an awesome book

It was -2 degrees on Wednesday and I did think of running outside but decided instead to go to the gym.  I really like my gym but I was bored!  It has been months since I’ve run on the treadmill and 45 minutes was way too long to run on it.  Later that day I went to see my best friend (hadn’t seen her since October) and we did some errands and her daughter decorated some cookies.

We also played “Jacks”.  Did you play that as a kid?  I did!

On Saturday I procrastinated and finally went to the gym around 6pm.  I know I said I was bored on Wednesday but today wasn’t bad.  I watched a few episodes of “Law and Order” and that made the time go by quickly.

And with that I finish December with 71.25 miles and 773.11 miles for the year.  You can read my 2017 Running Stats here.  

Total mileage for the week: 12.40
Total mileage for this training cycle: 78.78
Total mileage for the year: 773.11

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

How was YOUR week?  What are your plans for New Years?

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Illinois Marathon Training Recap, Week 4

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Another great week of marathon training.  I am loving these “easy” runs but I know that eventually they will not all be “easy”.  The weather has been decent enough to continue running outside.  

Week #4, December 18-December 24

Ran 30 minutes for 2.58 miles 
T Quality Session (10 minute warmup, 3.10 miles, 10 minute cooldown)
W OFF
TH Ran 45 minutes for 3.85 miles
Ran 30 minutes for 2.59 miles
Ran 90 minutes for 7.75 miles
S OFF

Started off the week with 30 minutes of running.  It felt warm and I was tempted to wear shorts.  I like running in the morning before work but don’t think I’ll continue when I have to run longer runs.

I was not looking forward to Tuesday’s run.  I had to run 10 minute warm up, 3.10 miles, and then 10 minute cooldown.  My plan was to run along the lakefront but instead decided to run around the airport.  Despite it being 50 degrees, it was WINDY.  I actually did good but know I can improve and do better.  My fastest 5K is from May 2011 (29:48 with a 9:35 average pace).

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The rest of the week were all easy runs.  It also went by fast and before I knew it, it was Friday and almost time for Winter Break.  My students made a present for their parents and had fun making their own wrapping paper.  

Saturday’s run consisted of running 90 minutes.  Honestly I was not looking forward to it.  But as always, the runs we do not want to do are also the best ones.  It was in the low 30s but it was also sunny and not windy at all which made the run even more pleasant.  

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Overall I am pleased with this week of training.  I felt great and actually enjoyed my runs.  Let’s see how long that lasts!  🙂

Total mileage for the week: 21.45
Total mileage for this training cycle: 66.38
Total mileage for the year: 760.76

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

How was YOUR week?

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