As you may recall, the Chicago Marathon will be my first full marathon. I decided to make training for and running my first marathon about more than just the physical running, and will be running Chicago as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. I am currently more than 90% of the way towards reaching my initial fundraising goal. I hope to reach my initial goal soon so that I can increase my goal and continue to raise funds for an incredibly worthy cause.
This past week was the kick off to my marathon training. It was an exciting week filled with lots of highs on the fitness front. I can only hope that the success and excitement from this past week will continue on for the next 17 weeks, especially as my mileage increases and I move closer to race day.
Monday, June 5th
I kicked off marathon training with a 45 minute run on one of my usual running routes. Even with the high humidity, I am still amazed that I ran a sub 10:00 pace. The humidity made it incredibly difficult to maintain consistent splits (they ranged from 9:28-10:04), but being on the high of kicking off marathon training made that not matter to me at all.
Tuesday, June 6th
My sister had been in town, and since Tuesday evening was her last night here I decided to take the day off from any training to be able to maximize my time with her. We ordered sushi for dinner (getting take out on a weeknight is a huge rarity for us), and we enjoyed our time together.
Wednesday, June 7th
I celebrated Global Running Day with my second training run of the week. The temperature and humidity were much lower than they had been Monday evening, which allowed for me to run at a much faster pace. Compared to Monday’s run, I felt like I had been flying!
Thursday, June 8th
After work I headed to the gym for a cross training and weight training session, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Friday, June 9th
Since it was the day before my long run for the week, and my lower body was sore from the previous day’s workout, I took the day off from training.
Saturday, June 10th
My first long run of marathon training was a huge reality check of what summer running involves. Although the distance of my run was far from my current personal distance record (I only ran a 10k), the blazing sun, coupled with pushing the BOB stroller on a route with rolling hills, made for a very challenging run. The further that I ran, the slower my pace became, and towards the end of my run I had to take more frequent walk breaks. I only had two splits that were over 11 minutes long, and for such a challenging run I’ll consider that a success. I finished up the run with a 1.15 mile walk.
Sunday, June 11th
Little man and I walked to run errands in the morning (well I walked, he rode in the stroller). Thank goodness the basket underneath of the BOB holds a lot, since we bought quite a few groceries while we were out during our more than 3 mile walk.
Total Weekly Mileage – 23.30 miles
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 23.30 miles
QOTD: How do you mentally handle the challenge of training for a race during the summer?
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up. I’m also linking up with Courtney for the Training Recap link up. Be sure to check out their posts as well.