I will start writing a weekly recap of my training for the Chicago Marathon. The last one I posted was this one back in June. And it wasn’t really a recap but more of a summary. So I hope you stick around with me for the journey.
*Week #11, July 27-August 2
Monday: Spinning and 2 miles at easy pace
This was the third time running after my spin class. I am actually liking it. Ran 2 miles @average pace of 11:04. Felt tired at the beginning for half a mile but then felt OK. Started off @10:55 and finished off @10:32.
It actually felt weird not to run on Tuesday.
Wednesday: 4 +/- mile fartlek run
The plan was 1 mile warm up, 3 x 10 minutes at 9:30 with 2 minutes walk in between, and walk 3-5 minutes as a cool down. The plan was to go to the gym for this run but for some reason I was really tired. I know that many times the hardest part is getting out the door but honestly I didn’t even have the energy to do that. I thought that perhaps I was getting sick again but it must have been one of those days.
Thursday: 5 miles
I was hoping to do this run with Fleet Feet Chicks’ Night. However, I had plans to meet some friends for an early dinner and drinks and so instead I did my run in the morning. A little tired but still felt great after my run. Total 5.02 @average 11:09 pace. Splits are below:
Saturday: 13 miles
The plan was 5 miles warm up, 5 miles at 10:45-11:00, 3 miles super easy. I ran with a different group and ran north instead of south on the lakefront. I had forgotten how many more people run on the northside. I did not listen to my coach. I ran by feel and felt really good for half of the run then got really hot and thirsty. Then I drank too much water and my stomach began to hurt. Still need to work on this hydration thing. Total 13.02 miles @average 11:06 pace. Still it was better than last week.
Mile 1: 10:31
I skipped it. Don’t ask me why.
*Runs on treadmill are done on 1% incline.
- Around this time last year I was already feeling burnt out. I hated my runs and even cried after one of my long runs. Nope, not feeling like that at all this time. And that makes me happy.
- I noticed I mentioned the word “tired” a few times. That cannot be good. But it cannot be that bad either right? I know I was tired on Monday but that’s because I had just been on a bike for 45 minutes. Then on Thursday, well, I woke up at 5:30 am and went to bed later than usual the night before. I need to make sure I go to bed early, especially when I have to wake up really early the next day. I need to sleep more like my little Lola. I swear that she sleeps about 3-4 times a day.
- Cannot believe it is August and the marathon is two months away!!! Yikes, that makes me nervous but at the same time very excited.
Are you training for a marathon? How is your training coming along?
Great job on your training. Talk about burned out…ugh…I’m loathe to admit that I’m feeling it…a little bit…
Thanks. But you are doing FANTASTIC!! I see your pictures with your distance and pace and hope that one day I can run as fast as you.
Marathon training is supposed to make you tired. At least I think so! I mean, keep a balance, but it part of the purpose is to tax your body so it’s prepared for 26.2 after the taper/rest period. 🙂 Keep up the good work!
I guess if I am not tired then I’m not training hard enough, right?
This is a great recap. Way to go for running after your spin class. I really MISS spinning classes. I just don’t have the money to spend on them. I love cycling. Which studio to you go to in Chicago?
I go to LA Fitness. I like that I can use the treadmill plus take other classes too without having to spend more money.