Chicago Marathon Training Week 18

(I know, I know. Two training posts in one week. I thought posting this on Monday would be weird, though, so Friday it is!)

Monday, October 7: 45 minutes bike.
Per my revised taper schedule. I took it pretty easy on this one and passed my time reading Runner’s World, and, once I finished that, overanalyzing every single ache, pain, and twinge I felt anywhere in my body in my ceaseless effort to convince myself I’m dying.

Tuesday, October 8: 3 miles in 32:47 for a 10:59 pace + PT.
Originally, I planned on running four miles on Tuesday, but on my way home from work I got a call from PT saying that they had an opening that evening, and would I like to come in? I considered saying no since I had an appointment scheduled for Thursday, but since my PT originally wanted to see me twice this week anyway, I decided to go for it. I tried to take it easy on the run (I was all over the place: 10:13 mile, 11:06 mile, 11:35 mile…yikes. Way to be not at all consistent, self), came home, stretched, foam rolled, shoveled food in my face, and then headed off to PT.

I was really, really stressed out about Sunday’s forecast on Tuesday, like legitimately can only remember one time in my life where I’ve ever felt so stressed up to this point. I didn’t go to PT for the mental benefits, but WOWZA you guys, I walked out of there feeling like a new woman (albeit a new woman with a sore hip flexor). I don’t know what happened while I was there–maybe it was just from the general jokey banter and upbeat attitude that was going around the office–but it settled my mind down like nothing else had done up to that point. I was more relaxed than I had been in like two days — I was even able to handle sarcasm in a conversation I had with a friend later that night without wanting to punch anyone! It was GREAT!

Wednesday, October 9: rest
Who rests on a Wednesday? It was weird.

Thursday, October 10: 2 miles (lol wut) in 21:36 for a 10:46 pace + PT
I had a different work schedule on Thursday which allowed me to run in the morning rather than the afternoon like normal. I wasn’t entirely sure how it would go–I woke up around 5:30 a.m. and could not fall back asleep because I was already stressing out about Sunday–but it was kind of nice to just take it easy and shake my legs out. PT was chill, because obviously my PT didn’t want to work me too hard three days before the marathon. Is it weird that I really, really like PT? Like legitimately look forward to going and being there? I think I just really like how happy everyone in that office seems to be. It’s a very positive environment, and for Stress Case Bethany, that’s a much needed change of pace at the moment.

Friday, October 11: rest
We’ll go ahead and label this “active rest” since I’m going to the expo today. I spent an hour and a half browsing the expo last year, and that was just wandering around. This year I plan to buy things, so it’ll probably be a bit longer.

Saturday, October 12: rest

Sunday, October 13: Well, ya know. We’ll get to this in my marathon recap next week 🙂

As far as race day goes, my goal from the get-go was, and still is, to finish in under five hours. I think this is relatively attainable, provided I’m able to hold myself back in those first miles. If I’m able to keep things under control and not bonk, I think realistically I’ll probably finish somewhere in the general area of 4:45, based on how things went for me in the 20 miler. But if I don’t, it’s fine. Above all, I want to finish the race, and I suppose the worse my finishing time, the easier it will be to PR the next time around, eh? 😉

I have a lot of thoughts in regards to marathoning and marathon training, but I think I’ll save those for next week. For now, though, know that I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of you who has come along on this journey with me. Your advice, your support, and your encouragement has meant the world to me, and I can’t even begin to thank you all for everything you’ve done. The theme for the race this year is “Life’s better when we’re connected,” and while I believe that to be true in all circumstances, I think it especially holds true for marathon training. It can be done alone, but I think it’s much better done with support and company, so thank you to each and every one of you for being part of that company, whether it was virtually or in person. I feel ready to see my city in a way I’ve never seen it before, and I look forward to letting you all know how it goes 🙂



4 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training Week 18

  1. Crazy to think the Chicago Marathon is already here! It feels like i just read your post about signing up with CARA!

    I look forward to PT to calm me down and tell me i’ll make it. I try to avoid researching any aches on the internet and just cry to my therapist instead (I swear every week i am like – OMG I THINK MY ACHILLES IS ABOUT TO DIE) Having an office full of similar ages professionals (and one running the marathon too) helps calm me down.

    Maybe I’ll see you at the expo today!

    • This seriously has been the fastest 18 weeks of my life. I think back to college when a 16 week semester seemed to drag on foreverrrrrrrrr and it’s crazy to think that marathon training feels like it just began yesterday. Guess what they say is true about time flying when your’e having fun!

      Hahaha one of my PTs said on Tuesday that he’ll never run the marathon because he sees too many of us in the office haha. I’m impressed that one of your PTs is running, because I think being primarily exposed to the injured set of runners would scare me away, too!

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