Chicago Marathon Training Update – Weeks 9,10, & 11
I’m kind of behind training logs so here goes. I’ve been running a lot lately. I got some new shoes. 32 days to go.
3 Quality Workouts including 1 race
After a couple of weeks of playing it safe with my hamstring I felt like I was ready to take it up a bit in week 9.
Monday – Wave Tempo. I love this workout. It is a newer workout for me. I had heard of them before but had never used them myself. You start off thinking it is going to be no big deal then those AT pace miles start to hit and you start to work. A great workout. Workout was 10 mile totals with 7 wave alternating between 6:22 & 5:52.
Tuesday – Easy 11
Wednesday – Easy 12
Thursday – Carmel Road Racing Group 5K. I was happy with how this race went. I was able to take 10 seconds off my time. You can read about it here. Total miles for the day was 10. I would say the highight was hanging with everybody after the race. The people you meet through running are great!
Friday – Easy 10
Saturday – 16 miles descending pace fast finish. Great workout with Sean and Collin. Sean about killed me. He was on…I was not. It was a great run. If you want to excel at the marathon you need to learn to get comfortable with running hard while fatigued. We covered the last 6 in 6:24, 6:08, 6:06, 5:46, 6:00, and 5:50.
Sunday – Rest Day
2 Quality Workouts
1 Pair of New Shoes
Can you tell that I am excited about my new shoes? I ordered these shoes during Week 9 but had some drama with the delivery so they would not arrive until the middle of week 10. The Mizuno Wave Sayonara was worth the wait. I am a big fan. It was definetly the running highlight of the week.
Monday – 13 Easy
Tuesday – 10 Easy
Wednesday – Morning speed work with the group. The workout was 6×1 mile repeats with 60-90 second jog in between. The combined temp and dew point of 147 which made for a great workout. Happy with the workout given the conditions. Normally I’d like to run 5:30 – 5:35…but adjustments need to be made sometimes.
1 – 5:35 2 – 5:37 3 – 5:42 4 – 5:42 5 – 5:45 6 – 5:50
Easy run in the afternoon for 4. Total miles around 12
Thursday – 8 Easy. First run in the Sayonaras. Toe box felt kind of big.
Friday – 8 Easy – 2nd run in Sayonaras. Don’t notice the toe box as much…if at all.
Saturday – Block Progression Run. It was hot out. Started later in the day so I could see some of Lindsey’s race. The dew point temp was about 144 @ the start and 148/149 at the end. Fun. Fun. I keep telling myself it makes me stronger….if I keep saying it maybe I will believe it.
Average Block – 6:49
Average Block – 6:40
Average Block – 6:31
Average Block – 6:28
|My new running shoe. I will race Chicago in them.|
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Two weeks to go of hard training and then it is taper time. I am feeling good about where I am at. Here’s to hoping for good weather and fast feet.
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