Chicago Marathon Training Week 18

I know, I know. You’re bored of these posts. Last one for the season, I promise 🙂

Sunday, October 5: Rest.

Monday, October 6: Personal Training.
I was under the false impression my trainer would take it easy on me since it’s marathon week. No such luck. We had a good session, however, and I’m bummed that I’m done with personal training. To be honest, I don’t feel that I look much stronger, nor do I really know if I am much stronger, but I will say that I’ve been substantially faster throughout this entire season than I was at any point last year. Granted, this summer was cooler than last summer, but not to such an extent that I would think my running would have been quite as affected as it was. I think I had one run all season that averaged an 11:xx pace? That’s never been the case before, and if my trainer wants to take credit for that, well, I’m not going to stop him haha. I really enjoyed working with him over the past 18 weeks, even if it did mean getting up at 4:45 every Monday morning all summer long. I doubt I would have strength trained in any capacity this marathon season if I hadn’t had a trainer, and I certainly would not have done the vast majority of things I did. Hooray for one-on-one attention! And hooray for now knowing that I can get up and go to the gym before work, which was something I previously swore I would never do.

Tuesday, October 7: Physical Therapy + Dance.
Back in the blissful moments of summer when I thought I would, you know, some day actually finish PT, I only scheduled one appointment for this week. Then my knee exploded on the 20 miler, and my PT thought it’d be best to keep me coming in twice a week through the marathon. Unfortunately, err’body is injured at this point in marathon season, which makes finding appointment times that work with my schedule a bit of a challenge. My PT and I talked about me coming in Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. to meet with the same PT I saw last Tuesday (not my normal PT), but since that wasn’t super ideal, when I *officially* made my appointment with the girl working the front desk last Friday, we scheduled me for 7 a.m.

So I, being the responsible person I am, showed up at my PT clinic at 7 a.m., bright eyed and bushy tailed. When I went to sign in, however, I saw that my name was next to the 8:30 appointment slot, not the 7 a.m. slot. HMM.

Well, even though I was at 7 a.m., no one in the clinic could confirm that. The PT there had other patients, so I ended up doing a LOT of exercises and then got 10 or so minutes of manual therapy at the end. It all worked out just fine, though I did feel pretty stupid over the whole thing :/

Wednesday, October 8: 4 miles in 40:01 for a 10:00 pace.
Oh, these runs make me so sad! 😦 This was, most likely, my last weekday afternoon outdoor run until March or so. By the time my month of running ends, it’ll be way darker than I like it to be for running, so any future afternoon runs between now and next year will likely be on the ‘mill. BAH 😥

Anyway, this run went just fine. I tried to take it nice and easy and more or less succeeded. My left leg felt weird again, but I’m just blaming that on taper.

Thursday, October 9: 2.01 miles in 20:39 for a 10:18 pace + Physical Therapy.
I honestly had a pretty hard time working up the motivation to go out for a two mile run. It seemed like so much work to get all geared up to go run for just 20 minutes haha. But I did it anyway, because there was no way I was going to skip my last run of training because it felt like more work to get ready than to do the run itself.

I had my last pre-marathon PT session Thursday afternoon, which consisted of like one “exercise” (which was really just a warmup) and lots of my PT loosening up everything he’s worked on over the past…oh, 18 weeks (#foreverinPT). It hurt, per usual, but somehow I didn’t gain any bruises. What a disappointment! 😛

Friday, October 10: Expo.
Aka “active rest.” Expo was good, per usual. Lots of things to see, lots of samples to pick up, lots of places to throw away my birthday money (darn you, Nike!). I actually was rather unimpressed with all the other brands’ gear offerings, so I think I spent less money than last year? Though I did buy more Nike swag this year than last year…. UGH. It was all so CUTE! If I were a gazillionaire, I would’ve bought one of everything, but I’m not, so instead I used the experience as an exercise in self-control.

Saturday, October 11: Rest.

And that’s a wrap! Marathon training cycle #2 is in the books! Honestly, I do these posts more for me than anything–I’ve found it to be extremely helpful to have this sort of online training log so I have something simple to refer to later on–but I really appreciate everyone who’s read and commented on these posts. I know they can be tedious and boring, but your feedback has been very helpful. Thanks for sticking with me!

2 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training Week 18

  1. AHHHHHH!!! I finally have some time to sit down and catch up on blog life. I must say, now that we’re at the end of this marathon cycle, I’ve really really enjoyed reading all your training recap posts! I find them so helpful, reassuring, and comforting (we’re in this together yo) 🙂 I hope you’re keeping the pre-race jitters at bay and are enjoying all the carbs. This is your second marathon and your body at least knows what to expect. You need to trust it and let it do it’s job…i.e. kick a$$!! Best of luck girl, YOU’RE GONNA ROCK IT!!!!!!!!

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