Chicago Marathon Training Recap: Week 14

After last Sunday’s 20-miler, I felt surprisingly good on Monday. Not too sore, definitely tired, and really excited about the extra rest day my plan had scheduled. On Tuesday, I bribed myself out of bed with “just one mile” and managed 4.5 before I had to get ready for work. Looking back, I wish I would’ve stuck to the original plan (6 miles), but considering my running motivation was hovering about zero, I’ll call it a win.

I think it’s a natural problem. I was coming off a 50 mile week of running, which is huge for me, and I was not only physically tired, but mentally tired of getting out the door for another run.

Wednesday’s run was actually supposed to have 6 miles at marathon pace, but since I was running after work, the heatwave we’ve been experiencing this week skyrocketed my heart rate during the 2 pace miles I managed. I didn’t think it was worth it to push it.

Friday-Sunday’s stretch of workouts made me really sore. Between the track workout, my first Pure Barre class in a week, and the long run with surges, I’ve been aching. Really looking forward to this next week of tapering and seeing an even bigger reduction in miles and workouts.

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Things are beginning to look like fall, but the temperature isn’t listening.
  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: 4.5 easy miles
  • Wednesday: 6 easy miles, 2 @ marathon pace (10:10, 10:07)
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: 2.5 mile warm-up, 8 x 800m @ 10k pace (~9:22) at 9:18, 9:22, 9:18, 9:19, 9:15, 9:19, 9:21, 9:20, and 1.5 mile cool-down
  • Saturday: 1 mile to Pure Barre and 4 miles home
  • Sunday: 6.3 miles outside to my parents’ treadmill, followed by 5.7 miles inside on the treadmill with 7 x 90s surges at 5k pace for 12 total miles (Heat: 1, Victoria: 0)
  • Weekly mileage = 36

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

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2 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training Recap: Week 14”

  1. Congrats for such a good week, despite the lack of motivation! I find that if I know I cant be bothered to run, I’ll go to bed in my running clothes and set an alarm early – that way I’m out the door before I’ve woken up properly, and by that time I have no excuse! (Or that’s what I’m going to do tomorrow anyway…) I hope your tapering goes well 🙂

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