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

Hoping everyone had a good week!



Last week training for the Chicago Marathon.  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 #18, October 3-9


  • PLAN – 6 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL –6.02 miles @10:28 average pace

Great evening for a run!  Ran faster than I wanted to but overall felt great.

Below is a picture of this year’s medal.  Not sure how I feel about it.  I don’t love it but I find it to be plain and boring.  It features an engraving of the original starting line of the marathon, which once began next to the Picasso statute located in front of the Richard J. Daley Civic Center.


Here is the one from last year.



  • PLAN –5 easy @10:52-12:16 pace
  • ACTUAL – 5.02 miles @10:41 average pace

Took it slow today and ran perfect negative splits!!! 




  • PLAN – OFF

After our building meeting I went back to the podiatrist for another cortisone shot.  It was painful but my foot feels better.  I went back because the bunion area in my foot was bothering me.

Major carbo load begins today.  I tried this new cream cheese and it is delicious!



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

The group I run with had everyone’s name written on a wall.  So cool to see my name.



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

I went to the expo to get my bib.  I walked away with a bunch of cool stuff.  I also went to the KT Tape booth to get taped up.

Love this shirt!


Love this medal for this year’s Rock Little Marathon!


I saw Bart Yasso again.  I purchased a Runner’s World calendar and he signed it for me.


  • PLAN – OFF


  • PLAN – 26.2 miles
  • ACTUAL – 26.94 miles

Chicago Marathon is done!  Recap coming soon.  Spoiler alert: I got a PR and bettered my time from my first marathon 10 years ago.

Total mileage for the week: 37.98 miles <<Including Chicago Marathon

Total mileage for this training cycle: 643.68 miles

Total mileage for the year: 1,126.74 miles 

22 Comments on 2016 Chicago Marathon Training Week 18

    • Thanks! And yes it did! I thought for sure because I could feel something with every step I took. I was expecting the worst when I took off my socks but nothing. Glad for that. But one of the toe nails on my left foot looks reddish/bruised.

    • Thanks! I should clarify that my PR was from a few years ago in New Orleans (2012). But I also wanted to better my time from my first marathon gen years ago and I did!

    • Thank you! It was an intense program. I probably would have done better if I wouldn’t have skipped so many workouts. But who knows with this hip. I know I need to stretch more and do more strength workouts. Oh well. Another marathon in the books and that is all that matters.

    • Thank you! And congrats to you too! So funny that you were here almost a week and we did not get a chance to meet up. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Chicago. I will be in DC in March for the RnR Half Marathon.

  1. Wow that is a huge RnR Little Rock medal. What!!! PR!!! That is so awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your race man that is amazing. With Nola being flat and fast that really is something you did so well beating it! Don’t you think??

  2. Congrats on your PR! I look forward to reading about your experience. Sadly, I had very little time at the expo and bought nothing but a headband! The race shirt, which at first I though “meh” has really grown on me. It fits very well and I like the lack of sponsors on the back. Thanks for linking, Zenaida!

  3. Jalapeno cream cheese sounds awesome. Huge congratulations on your shiny new marathon PR!!! I can’t wait to read your race recap!!! And also looking forward to reading your responses to the blogger questionnaire. Hugs!!!

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