Chicago Marathon Training: Week 9

Here we go!

Monday: birthday rest day!

Tuesday: 5.5 mile run

Wednesday: 5.5 mile run

Thursday: 16 mile run

Friday: rest

Saturday: 4 mile walk (Couldn’t bring myself to run so I walked while carrying a case book in my fitness clothing. I’m totes counting it)

Sunday: Yoga

Total miles: 31 Miles!

Observations:

  • Running 16 miles is hard: I can’t lie, my 14.7 (I re-measured it) went freakishly well due to good fueling. 16 miles was harder. As you can see, I ran 27 miles in 3 days which probably was excessive and contributed to the dead legs I experienced. I also only had 1 Gu which wasn’t enough. Part way through I realized that there was going to come a time in Chicago where I am going to want to stop running and I am going to have to power through, which helped me on my run. Afterwards I took an ice bath. The run took it out of me though. I had a hard time with stairs afterwards and I can feel a black toe nail coming on.
  • Running 27 miles in 3 days is a poor choice: Due to my birthday I moved my rest day from Wednesday to Monday and thus ran 27 miles in 3 days. My legs were already sore going out for my 16 miles. I think this contributed to my fatigue on my long run. In the future, if I’m going to do long runs on Thursday then I need a rest day on Wednesday.
  • Walk breaks rule: I am in love with walk breaks. That is all.

This weekend I’m running a half marathon and I am super psyched for it! Sub 2 hrs or bust!

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4 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training: Week 9

  1. Good luck with your half this weekend! You will totally break 2 hours 🙂

    Congrats on the 16 miles! I’ve realized that for 15+ mile runs, I need to take at least 200 calories of fuel with me or I’ll crash and burn.

    Do you have a goal time for Chicago? I’m planning on taking walking breaks during the race, but I never time my walk breaks during my long runs now- I need to work on that so it doesn’t impact my overall time!

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