Week 5 Chicago Marathon Training: Surviving the climb

“The quality of your breath will tell you exactly what you need to know about your interior state.” ~Erin Taylor, Founder of JASYOGA

Continuing on my vacation which started ending Week 4 of Chicago Marathon Training I felt like the added rest I was going to get would equal me having killer runs in Week 6 coming up. Well, if that’s the case, it comes at the sacrafice of a super sucky Week 5.

WEEK 5, DAY 1 REST

I could have run today but time was spent with the family doing family things when they need to come 1st and take advantage of the moment and make amazing memories together. So, today REST happened. Without guilt.

WEEK 5, DAY 2 CROSS-TRAINING

Today, I wanted the family time. I wanted to be active. And we decided an adventure to hike would be a fun thing we could all do together. Plus–I love hiking. So we ventured to Mt. Magalloway! And didn’t see an ounce of wildlife. Tsk tsk.

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Mt. Magalloway Summit

WEEK 5, DAY 3 REST/ST

Ok, my body is enjoying the “rest” day traveling home from vaca followed by having to work within hours of our return.

ST consisted of me instructing classes. Whew.

WEEK 5, DAY 4 3-5 MILE RECOVERY RUN & ST

Oh my goodness. My hamstrings are sore from hiking and probably ST too. The thought of not running strongly went through my mind, but this marathon will not run itself. A summer afternoon run it was. It was humid. No surprise. The surprise was the lactic acid in my stomach during this run that left me wanting to vomit. Such a struggle today. But done.

And…I had to instruct a kettlebell class following. Lucky me. But done.

WEEK 5, DAY 5 3-5 MILE RECOVERY RUN

Still sore. Still a hard run. Body is ready for rest. Pulled 5.05 10:40 average miles out of my ass. I score this run a 2 out of 10 for, with 10 being an outstanding happy run. Nuf said.

WEEK 5, DAY 6 REST REST REST

My legs will not take any more. Nice epsom salt bath, soaking and stretching. Foam rolling. A true recovery rest day. These hamstrings need it. By bedtime, my legs felt 80% better.

WEEK 5, DAY 7 LONG SLOW RUN 8 MILES

I am thankful. Thankful today is 8 miles and not 18. It is hot and humid. Body is feeling better but still just sluggish in this weather. 11:07 average with walking in there from time to time averaged in. Without walking, this run would not have been completed. Walking gave me just enough recovery to push through for a chunk. Ended up getting 8.47 miles.

The week of miles has made me hungry for a really good run. You know, the run where you feel tall, light and there’s a spring in your step? I think I’ll be waiting until the humidity breaks. My hamstrings were sore this week, beyond the typical 48 hours…which means I should have regressed even more at work and rested more to allow the recovery. Thankfully by end-of-week they were back on track. I’m glad I listened to my body, which was basically shouting at me, to rest on day 6. Mileage was a bit lower this week having hiked of running, but clearly my muscles responded to the change. Ouch. Sometimes when the going gets tough, you have to remember, the view is worth it at the top. Much like training. The training is the hard work. The race it the summit and you’re working for the view.

Focusing on my goal. Keep on keeping on.

 

 

 

Week 4 Chicago Marathon Training: Travel Challenged

It’s Sunday night. I’m getting ready to turn in early, get some rest to start Week 4 strong. My concern while typing this is anticipating the obstacle getting my LSD run will be. I’m going out-of-town on Saturday. The area we will be staying, will be rural, and not my jam for a long run with the threat of wildlife encounters in the back of my wildlife phobic. I will be trying to do my long run before we leave. It will be a challenging week, but also a good opportunity to get quality rest and recovery mentally and physically and I won’t beat myself up over missed runs early in training…I won’t lose fitness from one week.

WEEK 4, DAY 1 3-7 MILE RECOVERY RUN & ST

A lot of thoughts going through my head this week. With leaving for vaca at the end of the week there is much to do on top of work and training. Wanted to go for a longer run since my miles are staying pretty low, but there just isn’t much motivation when I start at 5AM.

A little hard breathing, faster than I anticipated. 10:05 average pace, 4.1 miles.

Later in the afternoon I did a kettlebell workout 45 minutes.

WEEK 4, DAY 2 TRACK/SPEED

I really thought I would HATE doing track workouts. I have never consistently done them. Part of my goal this year is to get faster at my 5K and 10K pace. I feel like the speedwork serves so many purposes. While training for my marathon, I get to kill track workouts and building confidence at my 5K and 10K pace. In the humidity, I can imagine how excellent a race will feel this Fall.

Scheduled 25 X 200m at 5K pace with 1:00 minute recovery between intervals. I only squeaked in 18 intervals in the hour I had to spend at the track starting at 5AM. Do what I can when I can. I wish I had more time, but I have to do the training within the parameters I have.

WEEK 4, DAY 3 2-5 MILE RECOVERY RUN

Ok, my body feels like ASS today! I can barely keep my eyes open and it is now officially going to be a rest day. Epsom salt bath with lavendar it is.

As usual, day 3 of training falls on a workday at the gym. I always have 3 classes to instruct. One of which I perform with the class, which doubles as ST for me weather I want it or not. I regress my ‘level’ based on how and what my body needs. Today, I reduced intensity, had a great workout and so did my members. Strength training complete.

WEEK 4, DAY 4 3-5 RECOVERY MILES RUN

The humidity lately SUCKS! Oh it’s so tough to breath. Slowed the pace for both breathing and recovery my body needs so damn bad. Whatever the reason, my muscles just aren’t bouncing back this week. Probably a case of hormones too.

10:36 average pace, 4.21 miles. Followed by kettlebell (instructing) ST

WEEK 4, DAY 5 REST DAY

Woohoo. The rest day of all rest days. A trip to the spa. A light dumbbell workout followed by pool then hot tub. An afternoon 50 minute Reiki session…can I say interesting and amazing at the same time?! Then some walking, shopping, eating. Just a wondeful no-stress, worry-free day. Aaahhh.

WEEK 4, DAY 6 10 MILE LONG RUN

Again. The. Humidity. At 6AM, we had hoped it would suck less, but nope. Getting this run in was tough especially knowing in a few hours I would be on-my-way out of town to bask in vaca time off the grid.

10 slow 10:44 average pace miles (including walking in the pace) and it was tough. Dripping wet, sweaty, drinking every sip of Tailwind I had in 71* with 96% humidity. Gaawwwddd. I love summer, but my body doesn’t while running.

WEEK 4, DAY 7 3-5 RECOVERY RUN

Today, I ran with my Chihuahua for the 1st time ever. My hubby and kids cleared the trail of wildlife with the 4 wheelers and we trotted behind. Not a glorious run, definitely in the mountains with more altitude than home. Very slow. 11:12 average pace. 3.47 miles.

Overall, happy this week of ST and runs happened. Even if I boo-hoo-ed about them all week in the sufferfest that was.

Concentrate on the goal at hand.