Chicago Marathon Training: Week 1

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on June 12, 2017

in Chicago Marathon 2017

My first week of training for the Chicago Marathon is in the books! The last race I properly trained for, and completed, was the 2015 Bayshore Marathon. There have been races since then, but that was the last that I felt confident in my training, even if that cycle got a bit off course near the end as I dealt with ongoing hip pain. Last week, I shared that I’m using the Hansons’ method this time around. While the later weeks of this plan are intimidating, things start a bit slower. I trying to focus simply on the week ahead rather than two months ahead. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, right?

And so, week one of this training cycle is officially in the books. While I’m trying to take it one week a time, I’d be lying if I said I weren’t nervous. It’s a really challenging plan, but I feel that if I put in the work, it will pay off in dividends on race day.

The week in review!

Monday
Plan: off.
What I did: hot yoga (75 minutes). I felt absolutely amazing and so strong in this class! For my body, yoga is the absolute best form of cross-training during a training season. I’m terrible about stretching after I run, so this helps keep my muscles relatively loose. I’m hoping that if I can be consistent about getting to class at least once a week in the early stages of training, it will be easier to fit in the more intense things get later on.

Tuesday
Plan: off.
What I did: off. I attended a big black-tie event for my alma mater in the evening. I could have gotten up early and done something, but let’s be real. That’s just not my jam. Plus, there are going to be enough days to do “something” in the coming weeks, so giving myself the freedom to actually do nothing felt important.

Wednesday
Plan: off.
What I did: off and it was absolutely lovely. Much like with Tuesday, I let the planned rest day just be that.

Thursday
Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: off. I had a terrible migraine all day and there was just no way a run was happening. I worked half a day before coming home and crawling back into bed for the night.

Friday
Plan: off.
What I did: ran 3 (11:13 pace). The first run of any training cycle is always the easiest! The excitement and nerves are palpable, and the legs are fresh. As a result, the hardest part of this “easy” run was keeping my pace in check.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 1

Saturday
Plan: run 4 easy miles.
What I did: ran 4 (11:12 pace). One of my goals for this training cycle is to use it as an excuse to break out of my normal running routes. If I’m going to run six days a week, I’ll go crazy if I run the same couple places every time. Although I didn’t hit up a new location for this run, it was a trail I don’t often spend time on, so the change of scenery was still welcomed.

Sunday
Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: yoga (1 hour) and ran 3 (11:25 pace). Since I was out really late on Saturday night, I knew that a “beat the heat” Sunday morning run wasn’t going to happen. I knew I was going to yoga in the evening, so my brilliant plan was to run after class as it would be close to sunset. Certainly, it would be cooler at that point in the day. It wasn’t.

The thing with the Hanson’s plan is they are big on not taking walking breaks. If you need to walk, you’re going too fast is their argument. While I don’t know that I 100% agree with that, my goal is to get through as many of these early runs without walking breaks as possible. It was a struggle to pull that off, as I desperately wanted to walk. But, I didn’t and felt incredibly proud! I even had negative splits, slow as they may have been.

This week’s plan:

Monday: off.
Tuesday: run 2 easy miles.
Wednesday: off.
Thursday: run 3 easy miles.
Friday: run 3 easy miles.
Saturday: run 4 easy miles.
Sunday: run 3 easy miles.

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Heather June 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Hooray for a strong week one! You are inspiring my own return to training, my friend ♡

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Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution June 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Seriously, that is such a great compliment! <3

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