Chicago Marathon Training Recap: Week 15

Here’s a quick rundown of week 15! It’s race week (!!!), and my brain is having trouble thinking about anything other than race day. I will be posting my race goals in the next couple of days, and in the meantime, I’m trying to determine a race plan to make the goal possible.

Tapering is weird. I’m so excited for race day, but I’m also equally excited to take a break from training, sleep in, and run for as long or as short as I’d like, when I like.

Week 15 had an extra prescribed rest day, which I gladly took, and a big cutback in the long run. It was supposed to be 6, but Tuesday’s run was shorter than planned, and I felt good!

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: 1 warm-up mile, 2 @ marathon pace (10:07, 10:04), and 2 cool-down miles
  • Wednesday: 6.3 easy miles
  • Thursday: Pure Barre, followed by 5 easy paced miles
  • Friday: 4 miles, including 2 that were a little faster than intended…paced by the pup
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Aerial yoga + 6.7 mile “long” run
  • Weekly mileage = 27
Aerial yoga feels like flipping upside down on the playground when you were a kid.

Denial: A Short Taper Story

“I don’t think I’m feeling the taper crazies yet,” I say as I…

  • Irrationally Google the race day weather too many days in advance
  • Double-check my race corral for the upteenth time
  • Triple-check the right pacing group is in my corral
  • Recount how many miles are left until race day
  • Reconsider if I’ve worked hard enough
  • Remind myself that I have