Chicago Marathon Training: Week 10

Monday: 4 miles

Tuesday: 5.5 miles

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: yoga at home, followed by a foam rolling extravaganza

Friday: yoga, in the studio

Saturday: rest

Sunday: 13.1 (Half Marathon of the Harbors)

Total Miles: 22.6

This week was going to be a step back week for me. As I announced in my last training recap, I really wanted to PR last Sunday. My legs were very tired this week after 2 weeks of running 30 or more miles. Seriously, it’s not painful, I just feel like I’ve been walking around the mall for hours on end but the feeling lasts ALL THE TIME. I thought that after taking it really easy for 1/2 a week my legs would be fresh and truthfully, they weren’t. In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t blown off my Thursday run for yoga at home (which never really feels like a work out) and just approached Sunday like a training run. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.

However, I did make it to yoga on Friday which was awesome. The class is super free flow so I was able to do a ton of hip openers which felt amazing. I need to commit to twice weekly yoga again. I always feel so good afterwards, mentally and physically.

While I am slightly disappointed in myself for not hitting my mileage goal for the week, I am going to commit to doing better this week. I also think that it is fair to say that raced miles “count more” than trained miles. My legs, arms and abs were all super tired Monday which makes me feel like I did more. Perhaps I’m just trying to justify the hit in miles but crap happens and like I said, hindsight is 20/20. Now I know for next time. I’m trying to stay positive about it.

It’s hard to believe but I only have 3 more long runs left before I start my taper. Can’t believe it! October will be here before I know it!


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