Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 2

On October 8th I will be running the Chicago Marathon as a member of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Please consider visiting my fundraising page and supporting this worthy cause.  Thanks!

Week 2 of marathon training was just as, if not more, productive than week 1 was, even though my mileage total for the week was slightly less than my week 1 total.  Despite being slowed way down and having to make adjustments due to the heat and humidity, I only took one rest day this past week.

Monday, June 12th

After work I headed out the door for my planned 45 minute long run.  However, I faced the huge challenge of running on an afternoon when the heat and humidity were incredibly high, and we were under an air quality alert warning.  I struggled during the entire run, and my body was never able to acclimate to the conditions, so at the 5k mark I decided to listen to my body and cut the run short.  Since I had run on an out and back route, I had a lengthy 1.57 mile walk back home, but when I got home and was feeling the effects of running in high heat and humidity, I knew that I had made the right decision.

When it’s 92 degrees outside, you have to listen to what your body tells you, even if that means cutting a training run short.

Tuesday, June 13th

Since it was another air quality alert day, I headed to the gym to workout in the comfort of the air conditioning.  I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and followed my cross training workout up with 30 minutes of full body weight training.

Wednesday, June 14th

It was still incredibly hot and humid on Wednesday, and I didn’t want to make the same mistake that I did on Monday.  So I instead opted to not do any cardio and did a 25 minute strength training workout in the basement while little man played with his toys.

Thursday, June 15th

Thursday was the first day of the week when there was finally a break in the heat and humidity.  Heading out the door for a run with the temperature in the low 80s actually felt good compared to the temperatures earlier in the week.  I even successfully completed an almost negative split run! (10:19, 10:16, 9:50, 10:08, 4:51 last 0.50 miles)

Smiling because of the lower temperature and the fact that I was able to complete my run as planned!

Friday, June 16th

Friday was graduation day for the high school that I work at, and this year graduation was held downtown at Constitution Hall.  I opted to take the Metro to get there, which allowed me to also get a lot of extra walking in that day, though I have no idea how far I actually walked.  After I got home, I took little man out for an over 2 mile walk.

Saturday, June 17th

Even though the temperature was in the low 70s during my long run, the humidity was brutal at 93%.  Because Preston was out running errands, I had no choice but to complete my run with the stroller, which made running in the high humidity an extra challenge.  I ended my 8 mile run completely soaked in sweat, so wet that I was able to wring water out of my tank top!  Despite the fact that my average pace was much slower than it has been in over a year (11:04 minutes/mile), I was proud of myself for completing my planned run and not giving up.

I’m slowly coming to accept that marathon training during the summer will be very slow going, especially when I run with the stroller on a morning when the humidity is at 93%.

Sunday, June 18th

Yesterday was my one and only rest day for the week.  We were up in New Jersey with my in-law’s celebrating Father’s Day, and it was nice to be able to spend time with them without having to worry about getting a workout in.

Total Weekly Mileage – 22.86 miles (0.44 miles less than week 1)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 46.16 miles

QOTD: Have you ever had to cut a run short due to the weather?

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.

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35 Responses to Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 2

  1. I’ve only cut a run short due to weather once last year due to heat & humidity — I think you did a fabulous job getting your workouts in!

  2. kookyrunner says:

    Great job this week! You did great on your runs despite the heat and humidity. I’ve had to cut a run short due to the weather one time. I felt horrible in the moment but then once I got back home I knew I made the right decision.

  3. The humidity was just brutal this week nice job getting those long runs in

  4. What is an air quality alert? Does it just mean the humidity is higher than usual?

    • The heat and humidity are both at incredibly high levels that make it more difficult than usual to breathe, especially when outside exercising. In the past I’ve headed straight for the treadmill on air quality alert days, but I was short on time on Monday and didn’t have the ability to add in driving to/from the gym to my busy afternoon and evening.

  5. Lesley says:

    Texas had air quality days too, and I’d use the treadmill for those. I don’t know if Colorado has them later in the summer, but it is nice to get away from humidity.

  6. Karen :0) says:

    Man, Marathon training in the summer is NOT fun, especially with the heat and humidity! Way to stick with it despite all of the crazy weather you encountered! Great job!

  7. Running in the heat and humidity is awful! I’ve had to cut some runs short because of that. I usually try and push through, but when I start getting dizzy is when I know I have to quit. These last two weeks have been miserable. It looks like you got some good runs in and had a great week of training! I hope you have a great week of running this week!

  8. UGH UGH UGH. That’s all I can say about the weather. If it would actually rain, I think we’d be much better off. Ticking off those weeks, lady!!

  9. I wouldn’t fret about your pace being slower than usual (on the hot runs)…your effort is still probably at (or better) than it used to be. I know how the numbers have a way of taking some of the joy out our efforts…been there many times LOL

  10. I’ve cut a run short but then jumped on my treadmill to finish it off! It was last summer and it was just way too hot out.

  11. MB Jackson says:

    We are getting lots of rain here- one minute fine, the next minute, not so much! 11 min miles make me smile in the summer weather! Stay cool!

  12. Wendy says:

    I used to have to cut my summer runs short all the time! The run walk intervals have helped me finish my runs this year.

  13. Nice job with your mileage! I started my Chicago marathon training a week late. It’s been a bit warmer where I live as well so I’ve definitely had to run in the evenings when it got cooler. Good luck with week! 🙂

  14. Elle says:

    Great job getting it done. NO shame in being weatehr smart!

  15. Elaine says:

    Listening to your body was the best approach to avoiding heat stress! I would have done the same.
    It’s been hot here in Cali but since my running is done in the pool, it’s comfortable!

  16. Chaitali says:

    Great job on the week! This was a tough week with the weather in this area and the crazy humidity.

  17. Great job considering your air quality alerts and high humidity. Humidity is a bit%$

  18. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Great job! The weather was so gross last week…heat and humidity are always hard on me! I think you still did great with your 8 mile run, no matter the slower pace, it’ll all be worth it in the fall!

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