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Chicago Marathon Training – Week 15

My penultimate week of training for the Chicago Marathon hasn’t exactly gone to plan. If any week isn’t going to go to plan, week 15 is an ok week to do that, right? Well, thats what I keep telling myself!

Chicago Marathon Logo

If you haven’t caught up with all the other weeks training for Chicago Marathon, have a look here.

Monday – Run Club Session – 1200’s Av: 9:25

The weather was shocking for this session. The heavens opened and for the first lap, I tried to dodge the puddles, by lap two there were no puddles, the pavements were just mini streams!

We completed 1200 reps and I got slower with everyone. My legs were tired and I think my trainers ended up weighing a ton with all the water they had taken on!

Tuesday – Rest day

I was glad of this rest day, as I started my first day as a supply teacher. Not really what I want to be doing, but I need to earn money! It was a LONG day as I had to travel an hour too and from the school, so I was happy this was a rest day!

Wednesday – Tempo run 6 miles – DNS

I knew this session was going to be tough to fit in. I was still working in the school an hour away. Also, the school does not finish until 4.05 pm and my daughter had swimming at 5:30 pm. Usually, I would miss her swimming to make sure that I fit in my run, but this day was different. The problems I have had at work have impacted my family too and I knew that going back to work was worrying my daughter. She doesn’t want to go back to the time when I am at work all the time and unable to do things with her. Missing swimming would have just not been the thing to do. I consider doing the session on the treadmill after swimming and then that caused problems with dinner, so I just gave up trying to sort it.

Thursday – Run Club Session – DNS

I knew that this session was going to be missed, as I had a hair appointment. Well, it is important to have my hair sorted for the finishing photos!

Friday – Rest

I didn’t really need this rest day, but I wasn’t feeling too good today, so decided to keep it as a rest day and be kind to myself.

Saturday – Easy Run – 3 Miles – Av. 10:30

I was supposed to go to Parkrun this morning, but after my anxiety kicking in yesterday big time, and not sleeping too well last night (along with most nights this last week) I bailed on this run. The thought of being around lots of people just didn’t appeal.

So I put the music on and got the 3 miles completed in the treadmill.

Treadmill training

Sunday – Long Run – 7 Miles – av pace: 9:51

I put on my headphones and headed out for this run solo. I decided to not really look at my watch and run easy. Although, running at the moment doesn’t ever seem to be easy.

I tried to concentrate on my breathing and how I felt, but typical taper madness set in and my legs ached, my back felt like it was twinging. I think it was about mile 6 that I started to ‘enjoy’ the run.

Action photo from last long run this training cycle.

Seven miles completed and that’s training completed. My pacing was a little all over the place but I am planning on sticking by a pacer at the Chicago Marathon, so hopefully, that will help me with pace.

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Chicago Marathon Training – Week 14

Why is it during week 8 of Chicago Marathon training you can’t wait for it all to be over, but now in Week 14 you feel like you need more time. I do feel I have been training hard, but I know there is so much more that I should have been doing! It’s the same every training cycle and each time I say the next will be different!

If you haven’t caught up with all the other weeks training for Chicago Marathon, have a look here.

Monday – Run Club Session – 800’s Av: 8:32

My running was feeling like it was going a little Pete Tong of late. So I had no idea how this session was going to go. I went on the longer warm-up and it felt pretty hard and fast, but I just gritted my teeth and went with it.

We started with a 800 loop. I ran it hard and came in with a time of 4:10. We then set off for a 1600 (2 loops) and told to keep the same pace. I actually run that rep in 8:19, which I was pleased with. I felt like i’d given everything, to be told we had another 800m and should try to go faster! Yeah right, I thought.

The three amigos after training
All the smiles once the session is over.

3:55 for that loop! Wow, but I really did feel now that I had nothing left. Another 800 loop and the coach told us not to slow down! I worked hard and was surprised when I clocked 3:48. That had to be the last one! Yep, you guessed it, the coach called for one more. I really felt spent, but couldn’t let my time increase! I set off, working hard, after setting off my shoelace came undone! Bang goes my quicker every lap!

Tuesday – Rest day

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Wednesday – Tempo run 8 miles – av. pace 9:10

I had company for this run, as I talked my husband in to cycling. I knew he wasn’t keen on doing it, but came with me anyway. It always makes runs SO much easier when you have people to go out with.

I felt good at the start and looked forward to sending good splits to my coach. When I got to 4 miles, I turned round to head back and thats where it started to fade. I felt like I was working really hard, but my pace was just fading fast. I tried all the mental tricks I could think of, but by the last mile I decided it was a cool down mile. I stopped looking at my watch and tried to work hard until the end. My fade wasn’t as disastrous as I thought it was going to be, but trying to run faster is HARD! (I think i’m over it!!!!)

Thursday – Run Club Session – Hills – Av 8:42

Hills, I was tired and I got maranoia! Another hard session, which I just had to grind out. The loops were around 400m and included a rather challenging hill. Then to top it all off, we finished with an undulating 1.5 mile loop.

Friday – Rest

Yipppppeeeee

Saturday – Easy Run – 3 Miles – Av. 10:30

I thought about Parkrun, but when my daughter came into my bed for cuddles in the morning, I wasn’t moving. She is already growing up too fast, so these moments are the best.

Instead I used the treadmill in the afternoon to just get these 3 miles out of the way. My old watch used to always track slow on the treadmill. Since I have changed to the Garmin Forerunner 645 it reads really fast. I think it recorded 9:35 pace, when actually I think I was closer to 10:45 pace. I kept it super slow and easy, although very few runs are feeling easy these days.

Sweaty Selfie after a treadmill run
Sweaty selfie after the treadmill.

Sunday – Long Run – 13 Miles – av pace: 9:51

As soon as I saw my plan had 13 miles for today, falling on the same day as Northampton Half it seemed a no brainer. If you are logging long miles for a marathon, why not collect all the bling on the way!

I really didn’t know how to approach this run and now that it is over, i’m really not too sure how I feel about it. My race report is here.

MNDA vest and medal
MNDA vest and medal

So, that was week 14 and this time in 2 weeks I am hoping that I will have completed the Chicago Marathon. This training cycle has felt REALLY tough, so I will just have to see what happens. For the next two weeks I need to sleep well, eat well and stay healthy. Nearly there!

#VMLM2016 training – week 14

So taper time is finally here, and I am SO ready for it! Well that was until I looked at my plan and it still said 15 miles for this weekend! That’s not much of a rest!

Monday – 3 mile recovery run. I was away, so I was lucky enough to complete this by the sea. I was surprised how good my legs felt. They got a little heavy towards the end, but I was still able to stick to a 10:20 pace!

 

Tuesday – Rest Day

Wednesday – 8 mile run. I love being on school holidays as running during the day is lovely. I had arranged to meet a friend at 1:30pm after looking at the weather, so you can imagine my dread when an absolutely down pour occurred at 1:00pm! I pulled out my long sleeve running top, my gloves and my rain jacket and took my grumpy face outside to meet my friend! It was cold, and I couldn’t believe the difference from the weather at the weekend. We both felt quite tired, so decided to take it as a slow jog. Yep, that was our plan, but in reality we worked quite hard, and actually I was really pleased with the pace.
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Thursday – 500’s at club. My legs were SO heavy. I could really feel all the miles in my legs! It was supposed to be run at 5k pace, but I really didn’t have that in me. I think my 500’s were run at around 8:50 pace and that was a hard enough.

Friday – Sports massage – I was so looking forward to this. Surprisingly, my sports masseur said how good my legs felt. They were tight from all the miles, but there wasn’t any real niggles, so that was good news.

Saturday – My plan said 15 miles for today – so much for TAPER!! I really wasn’t feeling this, I tried to think of every excuse to cut it short or not to go, but luckily I had arranged to meet some of my RunMND friends, so there was no way out. The first 3 miles were hard as always, trying to find a rhythm, but the route we took was lovely so it helped take me mind off the running.

Gorgeous running route


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After about mile 6, I started to feel comfortable – it takes me so long to warm up now! We ran at quite a pace, so I must say I was ready for it to be over around mile 13. It didn’t feel quite like the taper I have experienced in the past, but I’m glad I got it done. Surely, taper can start for real now!

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Sunday – Rest day

I love this time of year, as marathon season is in full flow now. Manchester today, Brighton next week and then London the following week 😀 Good luck to everyone running.

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Are you running a marathon this year? If you have run marathons, which one is your favourite? Or which one is on your bucket list?