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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 #2, June 13-19


  • PLAN – 6 miles easy, 10:15-11:30 pace
  • ACTUAL – 6.02 miles @11:54 average pace

I struggled during today’s run.  I felt tired and my legs did not want to run.  I cursed myself for not doing the beginner’s plan instead of the advanced.  Was so happy when I was done with my run.


  • PLAN – 12x400s, 8:33-8:55 pace
  • ACTUAL – TRX and 12x400s, total 8 miles @11:07 average pace

This time I did make it to my TRX class.  Afterwards I stayed at the gym for my speed workout. W/up and c/d @12:00.  400m done at various paces (8:34-9:05).  Recovery @12:30.  I remember when 8:34 did not feel hard but today it did.  I did 45 minutes of TRX prior to running so maybe I was just too tired?  Still I am proud of completing this because I wanted to stop after the 4th one.  I don’t think I’ve ever done 12.  


  • PLAN – OFF

I went to visit a friend who had her 2nd baby a few months ago.  It was nice to eat, talk and hang out.  Plus, her newborn is adorable and I got to babysit while she went to pick up her oldest (2 years old) from daycare.  I helped her with the goodie bags and with stuffing the candy in the piñata for her daughter’s birthday party on Saturday.  Isn’t it the cutest?  I LOVE it!!



  • PLAN – 6 easy miles, 10:15-11:30 pace
  • ACTUAL – 6.02 miles @10:28 average pace

I took my time going out there today.  I thought about skipping it since my legs were still sore from Tuesday’s run.  Decided to just run slower and call it a day.  I was angry. Angry for all of the judging and blame going on in this world.  Angry for all of the horrible things happening in the world.  Angry for all of the negativism posted on social media.  I posted this on Instagram as a reminder to always be nice first.



  • PLAN – 6 easy miles, 10:15-11:30 pace
  • ACTUAL – 6.02 miles @12:55 average pace

I ran this very slow.  A big difference from Thursday’s run.  I was not motivated.  Plus, I wanted to take it easy because I knew I had 8 miles the next day.


  • PLAN – 8 easy miles, 10:15-11:30
  • ACTUAL – 8.02 @10:32 average pace

I woke up before my alarm went off and surprisingly did not feel as tired as I usually do before my Saturday run.  I try to be in bed by 9pm on Friday night and wake up at 5am.  It felt cooler in the morning and it made a big difference during my run.  I felt great and that made me happy.  The last two miles were my slowest (10:54 and 10:50) which were kind of disappointing but overall it was still a great run.

I got home, had a protein shake, showered and got ready to go to my cousin’s wedding.  It was pretty cool!  There was a total of 17 couples getting married at the same time.  The mass was about half hour longer than a mass for one couple.  The church was full and it was HOT as well. 

The reception was at a restaurant/banquet hall and there were a few televisions to watch the Mexico v. Chile soccer game.  I think most of us felt this way.



  • PLAN – 6 easy miles, 10:15-11:30
  • ACTUAL – 6:02 @13:02 average pace

A hot one today!  I meet a friend who is training for her first marathon.  I am very happy and excited for her.  We ran 5 miles together and then she left and I ran an additional mile.


Week 2 went well.  However, my run on Tuesday felt tough but I know that with time it will get easier.  I am a morning person (usually up between 5-6 am) so I need to make sure I run early in the morning.  I find myself drinking coffee and checking out social media and before I know it, it is later in the day and then I get too lazy/tired/hungry to go for a run.

Week 3 includes a speed workout and a tempo run.  I HATE tempo runs.  I know they’re beneficial during training but I still do not like them.

Total mileage for the week: 40.10 miles

Total mileage for this training cycle: 65.16 miles

Total mileage for the year: 548.22 miles

Here’s how training has gone so far:

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17 Comments on 2016 Chicago Marathon Training Week 2

    • I also have those days when I do not want to get up when my alarm goes off. During the school year I get up at 6 and there were times when I was like “NOOOOOOOO”!!!!

  1. Your hitting the ground running with your training Zenaida! Great job for pushing through even when you wanted to quit! I get all the anger too, we are lucky we have a common outlet (running) to help us sort all of this out. One of my runs this week was just that, a therapy session on letting things go I can not control and boy did I feel better after it too!

  2. Nice job taking it slow so that your 8-mile would go well. Looks like you really nailed that one! Also, I wanted to answer your bagel question. I had a bagel w/peanut butter about 2 hours before the marathon, and then I also had UCAN 30 minutes before. 🙂

  3. Sounds like a great week of training! Way to go on getting all of your workouts in. I am not a fan of speed work and tempo runs but I know it helps. Your friend’s pinata is cute!

  4. I’ll start training for Chicago next month but plan on sort of the opposite of Hansons. Since I injured myself last summer training for thisrace, I plan to cycle and swim more (still plenty of cardio) but run less than I did last year. We’ll see how that turns out! You had a great week. I will definitely be following along to see how you like the Hanson’s method.

  5. 12x400s? WOW! Great job! I’ve never done more than 10 repeats so I am amazed that you were able to get through them AFTER doing TRX. I hate tempo runs, too – I much prefer interval work. You had a really strong week of training! Love the Instagram photo about what you do and do not care about, as well as the Homer Simpson morphing picture. =)

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