June 30, 2015

Chicago Marathon Training Week 1

Last week I was committed. I always enter a training cycle with fantasies of never skipping a run but sometimes that just isn't realistic...or even smart.

I didn't want to start this training cycle off with any skipped runs, especially since laryngitis and a bad cold forced me to skip a run last week and finish up base training with 18 miles for the week, rather than the 21 I had planned for.

After taking Monday and Tuesday off from everything, I headed out for 4 miles after work on Monday. My legs were tired, my chest hurt and post-nasal drip made the run really uncomfortable. I pushed through and spent the night on the couch. The rest of the week went similarly.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 1
Total Mileage Last Week: 25
Missed Workouts: Cross-training. I didn't do any form of it at all which isn't good.
Trouble Spots: Really sore hips post run...numbness in my feet indicating a need for new shoes.

Monday: Off
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: 4 miles
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 9 miles

Yup, that face is a pretty accurate representation of how I felt on just about every run last week.   

Planned Mileage this Week: 28
Goals for this Week: Don't forget to cross train; try and add in some core work.

As you'll see, I ran from Wednesday to Sunday without day off in between. Yesterday's rest day was very welcome.

Was this the smartest way to train? Probably not, but it's what worked and I made sure to try and space my runs out as much as possible and take it easy so as not to really push it. I didn't actually feel good on a run until Sunday, but I felt great on my long run. I was worried that it was slower than I would have liked but when I got home and looked at my training plan, I saw that I was right on pace for where my plan wants me to me which is awesome!

I'm also thrilled to have wrapped up the month of June with my highest monthly mileage total since August of 2013...right before I got injured. It feels so good to be back!

How's your training going?
Have you ever gone on a run streak just to get your runs in?
How did you feel afterward?
What are your favorite ways to cross train? What should I do this week?!

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