Chicago Marathon Training {Week Nine}

A decade, well nearly 15 years ago, I was on my high school swim team. I was far from the fastest, but not the slowest. Every day after school we swam for two hours. I took for granted how easy it all seemed. After my junior year, I swam only to cool off after laying out to get the perfect tan. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with Anderson that I got back in to swim laps. It felt so good to be weightless.

Now that I have access to a pool regularly, I’m trying to take advantage. It started when I was training for the indoor triathlon. Now it’s my go to recovery workout. Last weekend after a very sweaty run on Saturday, I was so looking forward to the cool pool water. Dawn, a new running friend met me there and kept me motivated. I typically am done after I hit the 1750 yd mark. With Dawn there to hold me accountable I pushed a little further. When I finished I felt loose and limber, ready to face what will be my highest mileage week thus far.

Monday – No More Trouble Zones
Tuesday – 8×800 @ 7:08 min/mile (7.75 miles)
Wednesday – 35 mile elliptical, 30 min. bike, 50 of each: crunches, squats, push-ups, tricep dips
Thursday – 6 mile tempo
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 16 miles
Sunday – 2600 yd swim

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