2016 Chicago Marathon Training Week 15

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!

WeeklyWrap

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Chicago Marathon training is here!  I am excited (and nervous) to be training using the Hansons Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue. You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day. 

Week #15, September 12-18

Monday:

  • PLAN – 8 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL –5.02 miles @10:34 average pace

I had a meeting after school that I could not go to and instead stayed to work on stuff and get classroom ready for Open House on Thursday.  I was home around 6pm but went to bed to rest for a few minutes.  Finally got up and began running around 7.  It is getting darker much earlier so I was able to run 5 miles.  

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Tuesday:

  • PLAN – 3x2miles @10:08 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d and 400 recovery) 
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

I stayed after school to organize my classroom and grade some papers.  In the morning on my way to school I saw another gorgeous sunrise.

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Wednesday:

  • PLAN – OFF
  • ACTUAL – OFF

Thursday:

  • PLAN – 10 tempo @10:18 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d)
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

I stayed late again at school for Open House.  It went OK.  I have 23 students and 9 parents showed up. I’ve learned to not worry about things that are out of my control.  Parents knew about Open House in advance but if they did not make it then I will not stress nor worry about it.  

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Friday: 

  • PLAN – 7 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

Have I mentioned that I love Fridays?

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Saturday:

  • PLAN –16 long @10:29-11:05 pace
  • ACTUAL – 9.02 miles @11:24 average pace

I was not ready for this run.  My training has not been going well these past two weeks so I knew I shouldn’t run 20 miles.  I thought maybe 16?  I would just wait and see how I felt Saturday morning.  The next morning I was up at 4am and arrived at the start location at 5.  I wanted to get there early to find a free parking spot and I did.  I saw my previous coach and I explained my situation.  She told me to do two loops of 5 miles and then see how I was feeling.  Good plan!

Deena Kastor was in Chicago and it was nice to hear her speak.  She got me motivated and excited for this run and for the marathon.  Then off we went!  It was a little humid but overcast.  Still pleasant enough for running.  I really wanted to do 10 but my knees began to bother me.  Also, the bottom of my right foot near the big toe was bothering me too.  Sigh, I stopped after mile 8 and then did my best to finish mile 9.  I am still pleased with this run.  I did the best I could and now it is taper time!!

Sunday:

  • PLAN – 8 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 8.02 miles @9:50 average pace

The plan was to run 8 and that is what I did.  Gorgeous morning but sunny!  I met up with a friend and told her I wanted to run slow.  But we were running faster than I was planning to but I was feeling OK.  I mean, it wasn’t easy but not too hard either.  It felt more like a tempo run.  I am pleased with how I ran and felt on this run.  It was definitely a confidence booster and just what I needed to experience just weeks before the Chicago Marathon.

I’ve been having problems with my Brooks Launch 3 so I bought the Saucony Ride 9.  I like them!

Week 15 did not go well.  I missed 3 runs as I was still in a funky mood and did not want to run.  I am very happy with my run from today.  Next week I have 4×1.5 mile repeats and a 10 tempo run.  I am feeling better about running and with my workload so I am hoping to NOT miss any more runs.  Let’s do this marathon!!!

Total mileage for the week: 22.06 miles

Total mileage for this training cycle: 573.56 miles

Total mileage for the year: 1,056.56 miles

Here’s how training has gone so far:

2016 Chicago Marathon Training Week 14

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!

WeeklyWrap

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Chicago Marathon training is here!  I am excited (and nervous) to be training using the Hansons Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue. You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day. 

Week #14, September 5-11

I reached the point in my training in which I had no desire to run.  I did not want to.  Looking at my calendar listing the number of miles I had that day kind of made me cry.  

Monday:

  • PLAN – 8 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

It was a day off from school and I spent the day catching up on grading and working on lesson plans. We have a new reading curriculum which I like but am struggling with it because it has so information. I feel kind of lost but I know eventually I will get the hang of it.

Tuesday:

  • PLAN – 2x3miles @10:08 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d and 400 recovery) 
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

I stayed after school to organize my classroom and grade some papers.  In the morning on my way to school I saw another gorgeous sunrise.  And one of my students gave me a cute and sweet picture of a cat.

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Wednesday:

  • PLAN – OFF
  • ACTUAL – OFF

Thursday:

  • PLAN – 9 tempo @10:18 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d)
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

I stayed late again at school to work on some stuff.  We have a new grading system that I am still learning how to use.  I know midterm report cards will be due in a few weeks and I want to be ready and have some grades already entered instead of waiting till the last minute.

I couldn’t believe it when I realized that the Chicago Marathon is a month away!

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Friday: 

  • PLAN – 6 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – Did not run.

My favorite day of the week!

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  • PLAN –10 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 10.02 miles @10:48 average pace

I missed 4 runs this week so I was not sure how today was going to go.  I didn’t even know if I was going to end up running 10 miles.  Well, guess what?  I did!  My alarm went off at 4:50am but I didn’t get up till 20 minutes later.  Then I drank coffee, ate a Clif Bar and got ready to head to the lake.  

I saw a gorgeous sunrise!  Isn’t it beautiful!!

It was a great run today!  I ran by feel and tried not to look too much at my watch.  It was a little humid but overcast with a little rain.  Thank goodness!  Overall, I am pleased with this run.  My fastest mile was 10:14 and my slowest was 11:40.  

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Sunday:

  • PLAN – 10 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 10.02 miles @10:48 average pace

A late night last night meant a late start this morning.  I did wake up early (too early) but did not want to get up.  I finally did and was at the lakefront before 8am.  Gorgeous day!  Sunny but not too hot.  I was tired and legs were a little sore.  I forgot my watch at home and instead used the Nike +app on my phone.  I ran by feel again and it felt good to not be constantly checking my pace like I usually do with my watch (my phone was inside the pouch of my belt).  Overall, I am pleased with this workout with 11:01 being my fastest mile and 12:09 being my slowest.

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Week 14 did not go well.  I missed 4 runs (the most I’ve missed in a week this training season) as I was in a funky mood and did not want to run.  I am very happy with my long run on Saturday.  Next week I have 3x2mile repeats and a 10 tempo run.  I am thinking of running my tempo run on Wednesday since I have Open House at school and it will be over at 8pm <<No way will I do my run at that time.  Also, Saturday is the 20 mile run with CES.  Per the Hansons Marathon Method, the longest I need to run is 16 miles.  But I feel like I need to runmore.  I need another confidence booster to get me through the remaining weeks of training.  I guess I should wait and see how I feel on Saturday.  

Total mileage for the week: 20.04 miles <<The least I’ve run in a week this training season.

Total mileage for this training cycle: 551.50 miles

Total mileage for the year: 1,034.56 miles 

Here’s how training has gone so far:

2016 Chicago Marathon Training Week 13

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!

WeeklyWrap

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Chicago Marathon training is here!  I am excited (and nervous) to be training using the Hansons Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue. You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day. 

Week #13, August 29-September 4

Monday:

  • PLAN – 8 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – Total 8.02 miles @10:59 average pace

I woke up EXHAUSTED on Monday morning.  See picture below.  That is how I felt.

I did my run outside after school.  It was a warm and humid evening.  I had a headache and was debating whether or not to go.  I did go and felt much better afterwards.  

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Tuesday:

  • PLAN – 3x2miles @10:08 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d and 400 recovery) 
  • ACTUAL – Total 6 miles @10:39 average pace

W/up and c/d @11:07.  Recovery @13.02.  I alternated a different song with paces of 10:10 and 10:00.   I did not do all repeats but at least I did half of this workout.  And that was my last workout for August.  I managed to finish the month with 191.34 miles.

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Wednesday:

  • PLAN – OFF
  • ACTUAL – OFF

Thursday:

  • PLAN – 9 tempo @10:18 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d)
  • ACTUAL – Total 11 miles @10:17 average pace

A new month!  I was looking forward to this run.  W/up and c/d @11:07.  Alternated a different song with paces of 10:21, 10:10, 10:00, and 9:50.  Prior to my run I had a Generation UCAN snack bar and water.  I was doing great till mile 8.5 and then had to stop and take a break before continuing.  It wasn’t a horrible nor a great run but it was just OK.  Overall I am pleased with it because it was a bit faster than what I should have run these tempo miles.

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Friday: 

  • PLAN – 7 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 7 miles @11:48 average pace

Another run on the treadmill before work.  I alternated a different song with paces of 12:00, 11:47, and 11:32. 

Saturday:

  • PLAN – 16 long @10:29-11:05 pace
  • ACTUAL – 16.02 miles @11:26 average pace

A gorgeous morning for running.  Temperatures were in the mid 60s.  Pleased with how I paced my CES group for 10 miles because most of them were under 11:00 minutes.  Once I was done, I walked to my car (1/2 mile) and on the way stopped for coffee while I ate a Cliff Bar.  I was hungry.  I lost my motivation to run.  My friend, Claudia, told me to just run because I had already run 10 miles and what is 6 more.  True.  But I was tired.  So I ran but I also walked.  Those last 6 miles were done very slow. After my run Claudia met me at Portillo’s for burgers, fries, and beer.  The best!

Sunday:

  • PLAN – 8 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 8.02 miles @13:45 average pace

Another gorgeous morning to run 8 miles.  I met up with Claudia for this run.  We both did 16 on Saturday so we were tired.  We ran slow and enjoyed it.  We saw a gorgeous sunrise and stopped to admire it.  

Week 13 went well.  I felt tired but did not skip any runs (I did not complete all of the Tuesday run but did most of it).  I am very pleased with my tempo run on Thursday.  Next week I have 2×3 mile repeats and a 9 tempo run.

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a Headsweats visor and a tube of Nuun.  They’re both perfect for the remaining weeks of marathon/half marathon/other training.

Total mileage for the week: 56.06 miles <<The most I’ve run in a week.

Total mileage for this training cycle: 531.46 miles

Total mileage for the year: 1,014.52 miles <<Crazy to see that about half of those miles are from training for the Chicago Marathon.

Here’s how training has gone so far:

My Marathon Training Must-Haves and a Giveaway

Now that I am halfway through my Chicago Marathon training, there are a few items that I reach for help me power through each run.

Brooks PureFlow 4 and Brooks Launch 3

I love Brooks shoes.  I’ve also worn Asics, Newtons, and Mizuno but always come back to Brooks.  I’ve run in Pure Connect (discontinued), Ghost, and Glycerin but now alternate between PureFlow and Launch.  They don’t feel heavy and are very comfortable.  

SmartWool and ProCompression Socks

The right socks are important.  Definitely no cotton socks.  I usually wear compression socks on runs longer than 6 miles.  I love the different colors and my legs/calves feel great during and after each run. I also wear SmartWool (ultra light or light elite) and even though my feet have been completely wet after a few sweaty runs, I’ve had NO blisters which in my book is definitely a winner.

Oiselle Long Roga Shorts and Tops

I love running in shorts!  I wear them as long as I can before it gets too cold.  These shorts are long enough and for the most part do not ride up.  I’ve had them ride up only when I’ve worn a Sparkly Athletic skirt (weird).  I have a few pairs and love wearing them with a Oiselle top.

I have more pairs than shown in the picture.

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It wasn’t until a few months ago that I began running in a tank top.  I’ve always worn a short sleeve shirt.  But now I LOVE and do each run in a Oiselle top.  They fit well and no chafing.

Body Glide

You definitely need to stock up on this item.  I apply this between my thighs, under my arms, and in the back of my running bra.  I did chafe big time between my thighs at the 2015 Chicago Marathon that it hurt to walk.  That was the only time I’ve chafed in that area.  It must have been the shorts with the combination of the sweat (I did not reapply at all) that caused it.  You bet I will make sure to reapply at this year’s marathon.  

Victoria Secret The Player Sports Bra

I am not well endowed in the chest area but it is comfortable when my boobs are bouncing around during my runs.  My favorite VS bra is the open back version.  Unfortunately it has been discontinued which makes me sad.  I love this bra because it provides the right amount of support.  I have 6 pairs and have worn them for over a year and they’re beginning to smell bad.  I know I need to replace them but have not found something equivalent.  I’ve also worn bras by Champions 9 (not enough support) and Moving Comfort (ALWAYS chafe in the same area).  

Source: Amazon

Source: Amazon

NUUN Tablets

I add these tablets to my water bottle and drink this all day and at every run.  I am not a big fan of the Nuun Energy; so I am stocking up on the previous version.  

Garmin 225 Watch and Fitletic 16oz Hydration Belt

I use my watch mostly to get the basic information (lap pace, average pace, mile splits, and distance). It comes in handy during my weekly runs as a pacer because I am responsible (with another pacer) to make sure we meet that 11:00 minute pace.  I like that it syncs with my Nike +Running App.  I know I could get more usage out of it (like heart rate) but for now it works just fine for me.

I wear my belt low on my hips and I swear it does not bounce, chafe, or ride up.  It has two 8 oz bottles and a pouch which fits my iPhone 6.

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Headsweats Hat/Visor

Thanks to Marcia’s code (TEAMARCIA for 25% OFF) I ordered two visors and hat.  I love that they’re light, comfortable, so many options to choose from, and keeps the sweat off my face.  Plus, it washes really easy.  I add it to my weekly load of running clothes and air dry it along with the rest of my clothes.

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I have an extra visor and you have a chance to win it!  To enter, click on the image below where you will be directed to Gleam and enter several different ways such as leaving a blog post comment, commenting on any of my Instagram posts, or tweeting about the giveaway.  I will also include a tube of Nuun (I have various flavors you can choose from).

Headsweats Marathon Giveaway

This giveaway will run until September 6 at 11:59 pm).  The winner will be selected on September 7th. The giveaway is open to US residents only.  The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Gleam account and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  All entries are verified, so please be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected.

Best of luck to everyone who enters! 

What are your running must haves?  Anything else I can add to my list?

I am linking up with Erica and Smitha for this giveaway!

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