Chicago Marathon Training {Weeks 13 &14}

I’m a little bit behind on training updates. With the start of preschool and all the activities that go along with it, we’ve been busy! These last few weeks leading up to taper have gone really well. I’ve nailed my runs and feel pretty good overall. That being said, I’m ready to be done with speed workouts for a little while. They are definitely helping me get faster, but it will be really nice to run for fun rather than to check off my training.

Week 13:

Monday – 2 mile walk + strength
Tuesday – 6 mile tempo run
Wednesday – 35 mins cycling + 30 mins elliptical + strength
Thursday – 6×800 @ 6:58 min/mile (6.25 miles)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 17.1 mile run
Sunday – 2700 yd swim

Last week was my last big week before taper. It was a busy week which included a 10k race and a weekend in Nebraska. Nancy (my mother-in-law) was good enough to find some of her running group friends to run a good portion of my 22 miles with us. At a quarter to 5 am, she drove me across town to drop me off. At 5 am we started out in the dark. I had good company for just over 16 miles. When we returned to the Y where we had met, I refilled my water bottles and started running towards the Van Kirk’s house. Much to my surprise, I effortlessly sped up. I don’t have my watch set to show current pace, but when I looked down at it when I was at a stop light, my average pace was a few seconds faster than it had been.

The last mile was up hill, the entire way. It was rough but I made myself keep going. When I hit the 22 mile mark, I felt like I could have kept going. I was super hungry, but my body felt good. It was a relief to have such a good last long run.

22 mile selfie

When I reviewed my splits for the last six miles, I was surprised that I’d almost had negative splits. The last few miles were: 8:18, 8:22, 8:18, 8:12, 8:10 and 8:17. It made me feel good about running my way to a new PR in Chicago.

Time to taper!

Week 14:

Monday – 2 mile walk + strength
Tuesday – 6×1200 @ 7:13 min/mile (7.75 miles)
Wednesday – Deck of Pain + 1.5 mile walk
Thursday – Esprit de She 10k + 1.27 mile run (7 total)
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 22 mile run
Sunday – Rest

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