Chicago Marathon Training Recap: Week 16

Here is my final week of training leading up to the Chicago Marathon!

After two weeks of failed Tuesday workouts (week 14: egregiously hot, week 15: strapped for time), I knew I wanted to nail this Tuesday’s workout. It was only 24 minutes at marathon pace, but it was a good mental reminder of what I needed to run on Sunday and a way to get out a little nervous energy.

Saturday’s shakeout was meant to be run in Chicago, but after I woke up at 5a to learn that our train would be delayed at least an hour and a half, my husband convinced me to run it before we left. It was early, and I was tired, but it felt good to cross off that essential to-do item from a busy day.

Spoiler: I didn’t get my A goal on Sunday, but I did get B goal. Regardless, it’s hard to feel anything but proud when I PR’d by an hour and ten minutes, bringing my marathon time from 5:44:XX to 4:34:XX. Belated congratulations to the other Chicago Marathon finishers! It was a tough day to race, but Chicago showed up.

• Monday: Rest day

• Tuesday: 2 mile warm-up, 8 x 3 minutes @ marathon pace w/4 minute rest, 2 mile cool-down

• Wednesday: 4 easy miles

• Thursday: Rest day

• Friday: Rest day

• Saturday: 20 minute shake-out, 1.7 miles

• Sunday: Chicago Marathon (!) 26.2 miles

• Weekly mileage = 40

Thank you for following along these past couple months! The full marathon recap should be up tomorrow 🙂

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