August 11, 2015

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 7

Last week, I was in bad shape. I had had two weeks of miserable training and I wasn't enjoying running...not in the least. I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I was starting to wonder if it was all worth it.

After last week's brutal long run of 15 miles, I didn't know when I was going to run again. I knew I had to take Monday off and when I woke up on Tuesday, I didn't think I was going to run. It was , supposed to rain in the evening and I had woken up too late to run in the morning. I threw a gym bag together and thought I would just see how the day went. Mid way through, a coworker I've been running with asked me if I was up for some miles after work and I said, "Sure."

We headed out for 5 easy miles. I didn't have my watch, it wasn't hot and it felt so good. Wednesday, when I got home from work, I had a splitting headache and skipped my run. I didn't think this was a good sign. I had plans after work on Thursday and didn't think I would get up to run the 6 miles I had on deck...but I did. I ran around the Mall...I was asleep through half my run, but I did it.

On Friday, I came home from work and was exhausted. The last thing I wanted to do was go for a run. I tried to convince The Pilot to come with me but he was just as tired as I was. He isn't training for a marathon so I let him stay behind. It took awhile to ease into it, but I ended up running 6 instead of 7. I just felt really good. If I didn't have to run long this weekend, I probably would have kept going for at least another 2 or 3.

That's how the rest of the week went. It felt like a reset. I was dreading every single run...especially my long run, but they were all great. I enjoyed myself...I loved running again. It was great to get back to feeling the way I should feel when I'm running. 

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 7
Total Mileage Last Week: 37
Missed Workouts: I had 39 miles for the week planned but I didn't want to do more than 35 since I only did 31 last week.. I had a hill workout and a MGP run planned but I skipped both and just focused on the miles. I needed that last week.
Planned Mileage this Week: 32 (Step back week!)
Goals for this Week: I've made the goal of actually cross training just about every week and since I haven't made good on that, this week I made plans with friends to cross-train to make sure I get it done. I did yoga last night and have plans for barre and spin this week.

7 weeks down, 9 to go. 
This week offered the reset I needed. 
I'm hoping that with this week being a step back week, I'll get an extra dose of much-needed rest.

How's your training going?
Have you ever had a week like this? Where everything just started feeling right again?

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