Chicago Marathon Training: Week 4

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on July 5, 2017

in Chicago Marathon 2017

As I was writing this post, I realized I ran 59 miles in June! It’s been a long time since I’ve diligently (or even half-assed) tracked my workouts, so just knowing that number feels significant. But, more importantly, I know it’s been at least two years since I had a month with those kinds of numbers. I am tearing up as I write this because it feels so monumental in my fitness journey. What’s even crazier to think about is that I will very likely log over 100 miles in July and I know for a fact that is something I’ve never done.

Anyways, this week’s training plan aligned so perfectly with my busiest week of work all year. The two rest days I had fell on the days I was at the office a few hours longer than normal. Yes, I realize had it not worked out that way, I could have rearranged things, but how perfect that’s what happened naturally. And, so thankfully. Other than Wednesday when I didn’t get home until after 9pm, I took a nap after work every day! But, it was also a week that showed me just how badly I want to do really well in Chicago. I very easily could have made (really lame) excuses for why I couldn’t get my runs in, but I laced up my shoes and made it happen.

The Week In Review!

Plan: off.
What I did: took a nap, watched an episode of Game of Thrones, and went to bed early.

Plan: run 5 easy miles.
What I did: ran 5 (11:10 pace). I did part of this run through a nearby park and it was just a lovely change of scenery! A couple of years ago, I ran this particular trail pretty frequently and it was a nice reminder just how much I love getting a little closer to nature. It’s awesome doing city running, but there’s a lot to be said about the tranquility of nature.

Plan: off.
What I did: worked late and had a cocktail to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: ran 3 (10:57 pace). As I was walking out the door, it started raining. But, you never know what the weather will be on race day, so I ran anyhow! Honestly, I love running in the rain, as long as it’s not too cold out. Rain is fun, but cold rain is miserable. It did push me to run just a little faster!

Plan: run 3 easy miles.
What I did: ran 3 (11:05 pace). Honestly, this run wasn’t anything special – neither good, nor bad. I was mostly just very happy to be done with my insane week at work and that energy (and, simultaneous exhaustion) fueled me!

Plan: run 5 easy miles.
What I did: ran 5 (11:29 pace). I haven’t done a great job at sticking to my prescribed “easy” pace, so I was a bit more intentional about it for this run knowing that the plan is going to start getting more intense very soon.

Plan: run 5 easy miles.
What I did: ran 3.5 (11:01 pace). I was feeling so great, but had to cut this one short. It started raining partway through my run, which was fine until I heard thunder nearby. That was the point in which I hightailed it home out of fear that lightening wasn’t far behind. Frustratingly enough, the thunder stopped not long after I got home and I never saw any lightening, but it also wasn’t worth the risk.

This week’s plan:

Monday: off.
Tuesday: run 5 easy miles.
Wednesday: off.
Thursday: run 4 easy miles.
Friday: run 5 easy miles.
Saturday: run 6 easy miles.
Sunday: run 4 easy miles.

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