Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.


I am currently training for my 8th marathon, the Chicago Marathon.  For this marathon training I decided to use the Hansons Marathon Training 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. 

What I’ve learned so far is that I am CONSTANTLY TIRED.  I mean, definitely more tired than usual.  I try to go to sleep no later than 10 and have been sleeping in till almost 8.  When I go back to work next month, I need to be up at 6; so it will be interesting to see how that goes.



I do my runs on the treadmill, by my house, and along the lakefront.  On Tuesday I have a speed workout and on Thursday a tempo run.  For those two I run them on the treadmill because they help me stay on pace.  I don’t mind it too much.  I do like running on the treadmill.  Most people call it dreadmill but I don’t.  🙂  Time goes faster for me when I listen to fun music and watch a show on my Ipad.



Sometime I like to match.  Why not?



Saturday and Sunday are for easy/long runs.  I pace the 11:00 group beginning at 6:30 and we get to run along the lakefront.  Gorgeous views and I love it!  Lately, it has been hot outside that I’ve run some of my easy/long runs on the treadmill.  Just this past Sunday I ran 14 miles on the treadmill.  I was definitely exhausted afterwards.



I live close to Midway Airport and I love to see the planes take off and land.  Sometimes I think about where the plane is going to and where I would go if I had the chance to go anywhere at the moment (Answer: Greece, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Alaska).




Loved my run on the trail.  Have not been back.  I was supposed to go this past Sunday but I overslept.

That time it was icy and slippery!

  I welcome this now but will be complaining when it is here.

I like a variety for my runs but I know I still need to explore a little bit more in this great city.

6 Comments on Summer Scenes from my Run

  1. Mad props to you for taking on the Hansons Plan. I think I’d be injured and curled up in a corner somewhere whining if I ran 6x/week. That said, I can’t wait to see the results you get for your hard work. I too don’t mind the mill at all. I think it takes a certain mental toughness to be able to run long on it.

  2. Ahhhh, those pictures of Chicago wintertime look amazing right now! You’re right, once it arrives I’m sure I won’t like it, but right now it would be heavenly to have to bundle up for a run. I love Lola!!! And I want to go to all those same places as you do, but especially Hawaii and Greece!!!

    • We’ll be complaining in a few months about the cold weather. 🙂 I love it when I can wear shorts, compression socks, and a long sleeve shirt. That’s ideal running weather for the winter.

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