Chicago Marathon Training Week 17

Sunday, September 29: Strength training – lower body + 66 minutes elliptical
I’ve started reducing the workload on my strength training by about 50 percent, which meant this workout flew by and I was done in 14 minutes. I had 80 minutes of exercise on the calendar, though, so I rounded out the (large) remainder of that time on the elliptical. This was my last cross training workout during the September step challenge, so I can finally go back to the bike now (though I think I plan to do yoga for most of my remaining cross training workouts, since it’s taper and all). Funny story from this workout: my strength training called for a superset of suitcase deadlifts and deadbugs, so I grabbed a mat to put on the floor for when I needed to do my deadbugs. I had to laugh when I laid the mat down and saw a literal dead bug on it, haha. Clearly I was meant to use that mat for my exercises πŸ˜›

Monday, September 30: 4 miles in 46:09 for an 11:32 pace (AM) + strength training – upper body (PM)
Four miles! Does that even count as a run? After nearly nonstop rain from Friday morning through Sunday night, it was finally decent enough to be outside Monday morning, though it was awfully foggy. Some parts of my normal route were puddled, which tragically spelled disaster for my well-maintained shoes less than a quarter mile into my run. In an attempt to avoid running straight through a puddle that early on, I veered off into the grass, which was less “grass” and more “gigantic mud pit,” and now the whole outside of my right shoe is covered in dirt. Sigh. That was my pretty pair of shoes, too! Oh well. Worse things have certainly happened.

Per usual, I went to the gym Monday afternoon to lift for a bit. I’m very much enjoying these lighter weight workouts, mostly because they’re so much easier than what I’m used to. If only easy workouts built muscle so I could never have to work at strength training! πŸ˜›

Tuesday, October 1: Dance
This is the point in marathon season where dance starts to make me really nervous, and Tuesday was no exception. It was particularly no exception when my teacher demoed a move and followed it up with, “Be careful so you don’t tear your meniscus or ACL.” Ok. Obviously I didn’t do that move full out – or even half out, really. I’m not about to risk my knees (or anything else) over some silly dance class.

Wednesday, October 2: 40 minutes yoga
This one:

 

I must confess that I wasn’t particularly in the mood for yoga, so this was kind of meh for me. I feel like that’s been the case most of the time I’ve done yoga over the past year or so, honestly. I think the stretching and mindfulness and breathing will do me some good, but instead it just feels like it drags on forever and I keep checking to see how much time I have left.

Thursday, October 3: 4 miles (2 mi WU, 4x.25 mi (2:25, 2:15, 2:18, 2:16) w/ .25 mi recovery) in 43:57 for a 10:59 pace (AM) + strength training – legs (PM)
Last workout of marathon season 😦 (By “workout” I mean “not easy run or cross training cardio.” Obviously I plan to keep exercising between now and the marathon.) First morning run where I was able to sleep in a bit, do my run, and start my work day on time! Woo! It rained so hard Wednesday night into Thursday morning that it woke me up, so I can’t say I was surprised to find my running route even puddlier than it had been on Monday. I didn’t bother trying to avoid the puddles this time and just ran through them, especially once I realized that doing that helped wash some of the mud from Monday off my shoes. They’re still stained, but at least they’re not quite so crusted with dirt anymore. I didn’t really have a goal or game plan for my 400s (.25 miles, technically) and just wanted to run hard. It felt really good to put forth some effort on my run for a change. My shin started bothering me a bit during this run, but it actually felt better when i was running faster, so I’m blaming taper and moving on with my life.

Another nice and easy strength training workout for Thursday. The biggest challenge of these taper strength training workouts is getting over my embarrassment at using light weights, but per usual, I don’t think anyone is actually paying attention to what weights I use, and I just need to get over it πŸ˜›

Friday, October 4: Rest

Saturday, October 5: 8.61 miles in 1:37:02 for an 11:16 pace
Last long run of training 😦 Per usual, I spent most of the summer resenting having to get up early to drag myself to the lakefront, but once the last run of the season rolled around, I wished it never had to end. I’m impossible to please. This was probably one of my coldest marathon training runs ever, with temperatures never breaking 50 on the run. It was a beautiful morning, though, and we got to enjoy a gorgeous sunrise followed by a 2.5ish mile tour of the end of the Chicago Marathon route. I really had a great time on Saturday. We all ran well, it felt much more casual and laid back than usual, and running the last part of the course is a fun treat.

 

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