Chicago Marathon Training Week 7

Monday, July 22: 3 miles in 29:20 for a 9:47 pace.
Now THAT is what I’m TALKIN ABOUT! Woohoo sub-10 run! I know I whined about running those kind of times earlier in training, but after such a hot week where anything above 10:30 seemed impossible, discovering that I’m still physically capable of knocking out three miles in less than 30 minutes was quite nice for the ol’ ego. I had to do my run before work again because I had a 5 p.m. appointment, but since I only had to run three miles I could sleep in until 5 a.m. (it’s the little things, isn’t it? Also, I sincerely hope I never have to use the phrase “sleep in until 5 a.m.” again.). The run felt great. I think the combination of cooler, drier weather and having not run since early Thursday morning did wonders for my legs. Definitely a good way to start the week.

Tuesday, July 23: cross training.
You know, I’ve got to hand it to my dance teacher: I really didn’t expect this session to be that challenging, given that we have so many new people and so few regulars, but he definitely isn’t going easy on us. We learned another routine in hip hop (not at all thrilled that I’m missing class this week…I hate trying to learn routines when I missed class. Catch-up is tough!) and then after a lot of top rocking in break (which I loved. We barely ever work on top rocks in this class, and I like top rocks a lot more than down rocks because they require pretty much zero upper body strength and don’t wear me out nearly as fast) he had us trying to learn flares. Obviously that didn’t go well, but you know. Challenges are fun. I took it easy on the flare practice, though, because I am not injuring myself trying to do crazy breakdance tricks during marathon training. We can save those shenanigans for after October 13.

Wednesday, July 24: 6ish miles in 1:00:48 for a 10:10 pace.
This was really an all around fabulous run. Things started off great when I broke the world record for both the one and two mile:

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My piece-of-crap Garmin once again had a mind of its own, causing me much grief and frustration. I really don’t know exactly how far I ran, but it was somewhere in the general neighborhood of six miles. Despite my technology woes, everything else about this run was ideal. I locked into a great pace a couple miles in that left my legs feeling comfortably uncomfortable. I ran down by the lake, hoping to see some crazy waves, but it had died down a lot by the time I ran.


Pretty sure about two people actually listened to this sign. I was not one of those two.

In most-exciting-thing-ever news, Kind Bars were down on the beach in the North Ave.-ish area. Their tent was set up right next to a Players Sports tent, so I assumed it was for their beach volleyball players, but when I ran past Kind Bar’s tent one of their employees stuck a bar out at me and said, “Would you like a Kind Bar?” Heck yes I would like a free Kind Bar.


I was a little worried I wouldn’t like this because ginger, unless it is of the bread  cookie variety, is not my favorite, but I really enjoyed this bar. And only 4 grams of sugar! Holy smokes! It’s a miracle food!

Thursday, July 25: 3 miles in 30:07 for a 10:02 pace
This run was a little slower than I hoped it would be, but I guess I’m not too surprised. I had to run in the morning (but not the early early morning!) because of a different work schedule for the day, which means I once again only had about 12 hours to recover from Wednesday’s run before heading into Thursday’s. My legs weren’t at their best, but they also weren’t at their worst, so that’s good. I also did a little strength training before my run and practiced dance when I got home.

Friday, July 26: rest

Saturday, July 27: 5.8 miles in 58:45 for a 10:08 pace + 6.24 miles in 57:25 for a 9:12 pace.
All sorts of new things going on in this run. I got up at what seems to be quickly turning into my new go-to wakeup time, 4:30 a.m., and got myself ready for the BTN Big 10K before grabbing a cab to Belmont and getting on the trail there. I then ran a 5.8 point-to-point course straight down the trail to the Museum Campus for the BTN Big 10K (I PRed! By a lot! Recap coming tomorrow.). The weather was nice and cool, which felt great and obviously helped out my time a lot. I don’t recall ever doing a long run at a 10:08 prior to this one, so that was delightful. I got to run on parts of the trail I’ve never run before, which I also enjoyed. I was surprised how many other people I saw running to the race on my way down there, but it made me feel slightly less insane. Always a good feeling 🙂 I went to breakdance in the afternoon as well.

Sunday, July 28: rest

Two thoughts about this week: 1) I think I’m starting to experience some of that marathon hunger I’ve heard a lot of people talk about. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I absolutely could not get enough to eat. I was starving all day and it really drove me bonkers. I’m not entirely sure what the best way to deal with this is, because eat ALL the things doesn’t seem like a sustainable long term solution, either in terms of my waistline or my wallet. 2) I’m beginning to fear for the state of my “pointer toe” (the one next to your big toe)  left toenail. For the first time in my running life, I think I’m getting blisters? I’m not sure. It’s weird. I’ve had a callus on the side of my left big toe for like two years now and a callus on top of my left pointer toe for about the same amount of time, and lately it’s seemed like I’m developing blisters nearby those calluses? I don’t know. Maybe they’re just callus expansion? They don’t really hurt, so I don’t know if they’re blisters or not. What I do know is that they looked real angry after my six miler on Wednesday (though normally they don’t look like anything. They’re just kind of there). Anyway, this ambiguous blister/callus on my pointer toe is right by the nail, and I’m paranoid that I’m going to lose it, which would suck, because I really prided myself in my toenail retention over my running career. And now you know way more about my feet than you ever wanted to, I imagine.

7 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training Week 7

  1. Woooo get it girllllll (remind me to never say that again. Ever). Your runs rocked this week and I cannot wait to hear about this big PR of yours! So exciting! Also, sleeping in until 5? I might cry. My version of sleeping in is like 6:45/7. And even that sounds early! I feel your pain, I really do.

  2. Ahhh last week was the best running week ever!! The weather was amazing, which I think helped us all 🙂 The run hunger has been hitting me, too, so I’ve had to pack lots of extra snacks for both work and anytime we go out. Joe now double checks to make sure I have at least two snacks before we go out…he knows running hunger is not pretty and would like to avoid it at all costs. He’s a smart boy 😉

  3. Yay for the PR! Can’t wait to read your recap!

    As for the hunger, I find eating more early in the day and less later helps me feel less hungry without increasing my intake a crazy amount. Although, you run in the afternoons so it might be different? Also, carbs on carbs on carbs. 🙂

    I have no sympathy on the toenail front but I do hope you don’t lose the nail!

  4. Come on! Losing a toenail is a badge of honor 🙂

    I’m glad you finally got to run further south on the lakefront trail. And that you ran to your race AND still PRed! Isn’t marathon training amazing?

  5. I try to always have a backup plan for tracking my runs if my GPS fails, map the distance, internalize pace, stop watch etc!
    Yay for sub 10 minute miles! by marathon time, your shorter distances will have gotten a ton faster!
    i’m monitoring some toe blisters now too lol please stay on nails

  6. I’ve split two toenails this training round. The split along the thickness of the nail and then the top portion falls off and now I have little baby toenails that were underneath. It is strange!
    Awesome run on Saturday for you! As for the hunger problem, I can’t help you because I am eating everything in sight right now.

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