Chicago Marathon Training Week 18

Sunday, September 30: Strength training – legs + 50 minutes bike
I was in a FOUL mood from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, and had no desire to go to the gym. I felt off, mentally and physically, and didn’t know if going to the gym was really the right call. BOY was it ever! It occurred to me that since I wouldn’t have time to do my strength training on Monday and I had barely done a long run the day before, there was no reason I couldn’t do my Monday workout on Sunday. I did my first round of squats and instantly felt better. I was shocked! I could not believe how much better I felt all around as soon as I started working out. My improved mood continued for the rest of the day, so I wonder if my angst was rooted in taper-induced antsiness/anxiousness. Whatever the cause, this was a great workout, and I’m so glad I got it in.

Monday, October 1: 5 miles in 56:31 for an 11:18 pace
I had PT Monday morning (hence doing my Monday strength training on Sunday), and it took a toll on my legs. My muscles were quite tired, making this a taper run if ever I ran one. Everything felt hard and difficult and impossible. So much fun! 😐 At least that made it easy to go slow, haha. Fortunately I’ve been expecting to feel like this on most of my runs during taper (even though I hadn’t until Monday), so it didn’t upset me as much as it could have.

Tuesday, October 2: Strength training – upper body
I definitely could’ve gotten away with not going to the gym for this workout. I really don’t want to push it this week, so I stuck to five and 10 pound weights for every exercise Tuesday, when normally I’d use somewhere between 10 and 25 pound weights. Even though I could’ve done this workout at home, I’m glad I went to the gym. Now that I’m in the habit of going every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday morning, it feels weird to not go (like on Monday).

Wednesday, October 3: 30 minutes yoga
This one:

I have been a sentient lump of stress and anxiety all week, so I turned to this yoga practice hoping it would help. It didn’t, but A for effort, I guess. Let’s be honest: no amount of yoga, meditating, chamomile tea, praying, listening to calming music, spending time in nature, journaling, or any other stress-relieving technique you can think of is going to relieve my marathon weather-related worry. The only thing that’s going to solve that is an improved forecast, which no one seems to be willing to give me.

Thursday, October 4: Strength training – legs (AM) + 2 miles in 21:50 for a 10:54 pace (PM)
One last (hopefully) trip to the gym before the marathon. As should be painfully obvious by now, I’ve spent the entirety of this week becoming more and more convinced that it will storm during the Chicago Marathon, that the race will get cancelled mid-run, and that my marathon season is going to end up lasting two to four more weeks than I originally anticipated–though that’s only if I get lucky enough to get into another marathon, of course. If that’s the case, my morning strength training sessions will resume as well. I’m just a bundle of joy to be around these days.

I took a half day on Thursday, because by that point, I was really just wasting everyone’s time being at work when all I could do was fret about the forecast. I did this easy peasy “shakeout” run as soon as I got home around noon. I don’t know if it really counts as a shakeout run if it’s so far ahead of the race, but whatever. It was very cool outside, so that made for a delightfully comfortable run.

Friday, October 5: Rest

Saturday, October 6: Rest


Well, folks, there you have it. My sixth marathon season is (hopefully) in the books. I won’t lie: as I write this on Friday, my race day forecast anxiety has not improved one bit, and I don’t anticipate that it will on Saturday, either. I’m disappointed that the season ended on such a stressed-out note, and I hope that all the cortisol I’ve been pumping into my system since Monday doesn’t have too negative of an impact on my performance on Sunday. I’m also just hoping that I have the chance to perform, period. With the forecast as it stands right now, I’ll consider finishing to be a pretty significant accomplishment. And if I don’t, well, you can look forward to some bonus training posts πŸ˜› Thanks for coming along on this ride with me. I hope that the next time you hear from me, it’ll be with a race recap of my 26.2-mile run through Chicago.


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