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

Hoping everyone had a good week!



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 #7, July 18-24


  • PLAN – 6 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 6 miles @11:10 average pace

Done on the treadmill.  Alternated a different song with paces of 11:32, 11:07, and 10:43. 


  • PLAN – 400-800-1200-1600-1200-800 with 400m jog recovery (with 1 mile w/up and c/d) 
  • ACTUAL – Total 7.37 @10:35 average pace

A fun workout!  W/up and c/d @11:07.  Recovery @13.02.  Each interval was done at a different pace-9:23, 9:14, 9:05.  I will definitely do this one again.

I have about a month left of summer break.  Some days I feel like I am ready to go back to work; a new school year with a new a Assistant Principal and Dean, new students, and new supplies.  But then reality hits and I am not ready to go back.  🙂 Saw this and it made me smile. 




  • PLAN – OFF

I went to get a massage and while it hurt in some parts, it also felt good.  I had some discomfort in my calves, IT band, and iliopsoas (inner hip muscles).  I did not know it (iliopsoas) were hurting till the massage.  Of course all of this is from running and not stretching like I am supposed to after each run.  I am going back in two weeks and she warned me that she is is going to dig in deep and that it will hurt.

Then, of course, I went home to rest with Lola.  No shame.



  • PLAN – 7 tempo @10:18 pace (with 1 mile w/up and c/d)
  • ACTUAL – Total 9 miles @10:25 average pace

W/up and c/d @11:07.  Another run on the treadmill.  I alternated a different song with paces of 10:22, 10:10, and 10:00 and was done 1 second slower that last week.  Not bad.  I did stop after an hour to change my shirt because it was soaking wet.  It was gross!  Even my shorts were wet and my mom told me it looks like I peed on them.


  • PLAN – 7 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 7 miles @11:08 average pace

Done on the treadmill.  Alternated a different song with paces of 11:32, 11:07, and 10:43.  Usually I listen to fast paced music but today was a good day to listen to something not so fast.  Any “Grey’s Anatomy” fans?  This song reminded me of THAT scene and made me cry.



  • PLAN – 14 long @10:29-11:05 pace
  • ACTUAL – 7.02 miles @11:52 average pace

I decided to do Sunday’s run today.  It was a HOT one.  I mean really HOT.  We were told to go 30 seconds slower because of the heat.  It was my first time pacing with the 11:00 group and we kept a good and slow place.  Not bad considering it was HOT<<did I mention that?  Plus, we walked during one of the hills/incline which was nice because I already had goosebumps/feeling chills from dehydration. 

When I got home I drank a protein shake, showered, got ready, and went to see “Ice Age: Collision Course” with my nephew.  Cute movie but this is number 4 and I think I’ve had enough of those movies.  We also picked up “Jurassic World”.  I am late to the party because within the last 2 days I’ve watched movies 1-3 of the Jurassic Park series.  The last one was definitely the best one!


  • PLAN – 8 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL 14 long @10:46 average pace


I slept in till 7 and then stayed in bed deciding whether to get up or not to run.  The group from Chi City Running Club were meeting at Waterfall Glen and I knew I did not want to run outside because of the heat.  Another HOT one today.  Finally, 4 hours later I went to the gym and did Saturday’s run. I alternated a different song with paces of 11:07, 10:43, and 10:21.  I almost stopped around mile 3 because I felt a little dizzy.  I took a quick break, drank water, and continued.  Then, I wanted to quit (again) after two hours but still had 2.82 miles to go.  I began to wonder if it was worth it to keep on running.  I did continue while reminding myself that it was only 2 miles.

Week 7 went well.  My tempo run went well (again) and I’m glad I did not miss a workout.  In week 8 I have 3 mile repeats which should be interesting and another 7 mile tempo run on Thursday.

Total mileage for the week: 50.39 miles <<The most I’ve run in a week!!

Total mileage for this training cycle: 250.95 miles

Total mileage for the year: 734.01 miles

Here’s how training has gone so far:

6 Comments on 2016 Chicago Marathon Training Week 7

  1. You are KILLING your training, Zenaida!!! Especially the speedwork, not to mention doing all these runs in the searing heat and humidity. Way to push through! You are going to knock it out of the ballpark once the cooler fall temperatures start arriving! It is a terrible feeling to get chills due to dehydration. I’ve had the dizziness happen before, too and it’s scary. I am glad you were okay afterwards. Lola is so adorable, as always!!!

    • Thanks Emily! But I’m also doing my runs on the treadmill. Why suffer outside in the horrible weather when I don’t have to? Plus, it does get hot in the gym.

  2. Did going to Ice Age cool you off? This has been a tough summer for running, much less training for a marathon! But I think running in this heat is going to pay off well for you in the fall. Not to mention that high mileage! Great work!

  3. 50 miles is so impressive. I’ve never put in that many miles — but then again, I’m old. LOL. In some ways, this summer is flying by. My youngest (16) returns to school in two weeks. Two weeks! What grade do you teach? I can only hope we are blessed with perfect weather for Chicago. Thanks for linking, Zenaida!

    • Thanks!

      I teach 2nd grade. I had an awesome group (21 students) last year which made it so much easier for me. They were well behaved and ready to learn. I actually missed them during winter and spring break.

      Yes, to perfect weather for the marathon. Last year it was warm but I think it was the year before or maybe 2 years that it was PERFECT weather for the race. I was jealous because I was not running it but glad it was great for the marathoners.

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