Chicago Marathon Training Week 3

Sunday, June 23: 45 minutes cross training
My schedule called for 70 minutes of cross training, but I only had time for 45 minutes. I originally planned to go to the gym, but I didn’t have time for that either, so I just did a 45 minute NTC workout (Peaks and Valleys) that didn’t require any equipment at home. I hadn’t done an NTC workout since September 9, so it’s been awhile!

Monday, June 24: Strength training – legs (AM) + 5 miles in 57:20 for an 11:27 pace
I woke up surprisingly sore from Sunday’s NTC workout and was glad that Monday morning’s gym workout wasn’t too intense. I realized after I started it that I probably should’ve swapped next week’s strength training for this week’s, because I could more easily do this week’s with equipment I have at home. That’s going to be important next week, because my gym membership ends on June 30 ( 😦 ). Oh well. I think I might just repeat this week’s workout next week, albeit with much lighter weights since that’s all I have at home.

My main goal for Monday’s run was to finish all five miles without getting caught in a thunderstorm, and I’m happy to report I succeeded! The storms Monday afternoon stuck to the suburbs, so I managed to get in my entire run without issue. It was much warmer than it has been for most of the summer, so I intentionally took it slow. Recognizing that I’m not acclimated to the heat has made it a lot easier to handle slower running without panicking that something’s wrong with me.

Tuesday, June 25: Strength training – upper body (AM) + dance (PM)
June 25 is my Chicagoversary (my last Chicagoversary 😦 ), so I was just delighted when I looked up my current weights for all the exercises I had on my schedule for Tuesday and saw that I’m lifting 25 pounds on all of them! It seemed like a numerically appropriate way to celebrate the day πŸ™‚

We started a new session of dance on Tuesday. I got to class and was both surprised and thrilled to see that one of my former regular classmates was there! She used to take class every session, but I don’t think she’s been in class since early 2016/late 2015. I saw her downtown once, but other than that, I haven’t really seen much of her since the last time she took class. I’m really excited that she’s back! Class itself went well, too πŸ™‚

Wednesday, June 26: 5 miles (2 mi WU, 4x.5 mi (5:02, 5:05, 5:13, 5:15) w/ .25 mi recovery) in 56:50 for an 11:22 pace
It was HOT on Wednesday (my Garmin stats say it was 90 degrees O.O), so my only goal for these 800s was to survive. I’m not shooting for any time goals this year anyway (other than hopefully not logging my slowest marathon), so my 800s this year are more about getting an estimate for what I can expect in a finishing time rather than trying to work to improve my fitness to hit a certain finishing time. Plus, even if I’m not going for a time goal, it doesn’t hurt to do some speedwork to keep training interesting. This was the only round of 800s I’ll be doing in the city, which bummed me out big time. I love the park where I did them. The path around the park was exactly a quarter mile and is surrounded almost entirely by trees, which made it the perfect place to do these during the summer. Give me all the shade! Plus,there was almost always just the right amount of people there: not so many that it was crowded, but not so few that I felt uncomfortable. And a lot of those people would be there walking their dogs, which was an added bonus.

Thursday, June 27: Strength training – legs
I originally planned to do strength training and an additional 40 minute afternoon workout on Thursday, but I realized I wouldn’t have time to do an afternoon workout pretty early on in the week. I then decided I’d do strength training + biking to add up to 40 minutes in the morning and count that. Well, my strength training took 33 minutes, and since I got started later than I intended, I didn’t have an extra seven minutes to keep going, so strength training it was.

Friday, June 28: Rest

Saturday, June 29: 5.22 miles in 1:00:31 for an 11:36 pace
We had our first warm long run of the season on Saturday. I’d prefer to never have warm long runs, but if I had to pick a day for one, the five mile long run day would be my first choice. It was much warmer than it had been the previous two weeks, but not as humid as I feared (i.e.: I didn’t let out an involuntary “Ugh, blech,” when I left my apartment that morning, which is my gauge for the bearable-ness of the humidity). I’ve been trying to let my runners be my guides as far as pacing goes, so we took it a bit slower than an 11:30 pace. My reliable miles from my Garmin show an 11:35, a 12:04, and a 12:19. Oops. I’m not too upset about it, because no one seems to care all that much whether we run a consistent 11:30 pace or not. Everyone (thus far) seems primarily concerned with getting the miles in, especially on warmer days, and we did accomplish that!

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