Hello Weekly Wrappers and welcome! I’m so honored to be guest hosting the Weekly Wrap- one of my favorite linkups- this week for HoHo Runs and Misssippi Piddlin! This linkup has kept me accountable to my training for the Chicago Marathon and helped me have a place to search out my feelings about marathon training…as well as provided me with some wonderful new blogs to start following. I’m very grateful to these amazing ladies for continuing this link up week after week. Please be sure to stop by the many awesome blogs that link up and show them some love!
My Chicago Marathon training is slowly (and also quickly!) winding down. We are already in week 15 of the training program…only a month left to go! Last month I hit my first 100 mile month EVER thanks to marathon training. That was a HUGE goal for me. Previously my highest month had been 80 miles…I didn’t understand until I started marathon training how easy it is to hit 100! Here’s my rundown this week:
Monday, August 28- Plan: 5 miles, Actual: 3.12 miles
I was a bit short on time today because I wanted to get home since I’d had a long day at work. I ran the store 5k with the group as it was the last 5k we have on a Monday now that we are switching it to Tuesdays. However, I’m excited for this new change! I think it will bring more runners back to our store, and I really hope that’s the case. I’ve missed the runners since there have become so many options for nightly 5k runs with the local breweries…it’ll be nice to see some of those faces again!
Tuesday, August 29- Plan: 3×2 mile repeats, Actual: Rest day
I’ve been swapping Tuesday and Wednesday workouts lately. Ever since I moved and stopped going to the Tuesday track workouts, I’ve found a new group that does some speedwork/bridge repeats on Wednesday mornings, so that’s been working out well for me. I’ve met some really nice ladies at this group, so I think I’ll continue to do my speedwork on Wednesday’s for the remainder of the training this time around!
Wednesday, August 30- Plan: Rest day, Actual: 3×2 mile repeats
Today was the bridge run and I knocked out 3 x 2 mile repeats like I would have done yesterday had I been following the plan! It was a really great run, however, my watch apparently thought I wasn’t working hard enough because it once again labeled me as “unproductive.” Whatever, watch, I felt like I was working hard! I almost had negative splits on my repeats too, but a tricky mile 3 kept me from actually having them!
Thursday, August 31- Plan: 9 mile tempo, Actual: 5 miles
Whew…today was bad. First off, I overslept because I took some meds to help me get a good night’s rest (wasn’t feeling well) and ended up sleeping through my 5 am alarm. So I resolved to go running at night. I knew I needed at least 5.08 miles to make my goal of 100 miles for the month and I was bound and determined to get those 5 miles. However, my plan called for 9. I really intended to do the 9, but by the time I got home with traffic and refilled my gas tank, it was already almost 8pm. I knew I wasn’t going to be out until 10pm running. I decided to try and go for as many as I could in the hour I had to work out. I got to mile 2.5 and…I had to poop! No joke- I really had to go to the bathroom bad! I tried so hard to make it back to my car…but it didn’t happen. I had to go behind a pile of concrete that was being worked on by a construction company (luckily they had already left for the night) and go to the bathroom. I felt doubly bad because I had nothing to clean it up with…just a bunch of sand (it was on a beach) and my hands. I basically just sucked it up, pulled my pants back up, and walked back to my car. Luckily I had napkins in my car to clean up a bit with, but I felt super grossed out. I’ve peed in the woods on a run before but never had to go #2. Ugh. And then I took the looooongest shower when I got home. At least I had a gorgeous sunset to start my run with!
Friday, September 1- Plan: Rest day, Actual: Rest day
This was the first day I actually did what was on my plan…lol. Took the day off. I mean, I worked, but I didn’t run or anything. Which is good because my achilles was feeling a bit off this week.
Saturday, September 2- Plan: 6 miles, Actual: Rest day
Yep, I skipped my run this morning. I was up late the night before plus I was feeling a little sick so I decided to sleep in instead. I honestly regretted it later but it was too late by then.
Sunday, September 3- Plan: 16 miles, Actual: 17 miles
Guess I felt bad about missing my run from the previous day so I added an extra mile in today. But really…today I felt super strong and badass on my run. The weather was nicer than it had been for a really long time…it was in the low 70s with lower humidity and it was overcast so the sun didn’t even bug us when it came up. I started with some new friends at 5 am and we got the first 11 miles in before the sun rose. Then I continued on for 6 more miles by myself. It was just a pretty good run! Definitely a confidence booster for the marathon.
As I’m writing this, I realize I have one more super long run weekend and 2 more medium long run weekends before I start taper…is it really that close right now?? I can’t believe I’ve survived a summer of marathon training. One more month of some high mileage and discipline on my runs and I’ll be done with my first marathon training cycle! All the books and training programs I’ve read suggest two weeks of absolutely no running post race- can I just say how much I’m kind of looking forward to that lol? It’s about time I took a break from all this training! All I’m hoping for is a strong September, good first marathon and to have fun post race with all the yoga I’ll be doing to help with recovery!
What are your tips for the first marathon? How long did you taper for your marathon? Recovery time?