Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 8

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!

Logistically, this past week was a difficult week.  Little man and I were out of town for five days, and travel in and of itself often makes keeping up with workouts difficult.  Although I did complete my three planned runs, I didn’t hit either my cross training or strength training goals for the week.  We were in northern New Jersey at my grandfather’s house, helping my parents work on cleaning it out (he passed away at the end of January).  Between spending time with them, and playing with little man in the backyard and taking him swimming in the pool in the backyard, my attention for working out was turned elsewhere.

Little man loved his play time in my grandfather’s pool

However, there’s also some things from last week to celebrate.  Runkeeper notified me that I reached a couple of milestones for running this past week.  I have now run the highest number of miles in a single month (my current total is at 98 miles, and I’m planning on running today).  I have also run the highest number of miles in a single week (this past week I ran 25 miles).

Monday, July 24th

Time wasn’t on my side on Monday, as I needed to pack up for little man and I to head north the next morning.  And since there was absolutely nothing for little man up at my grandfather’s house I had a lot to pack up (pack ‘n’ play, toys, pool float, the list was very long).  Since my time was limited I didn’t get any running or cross training in, but I did do 30 minutes of strength training.

Tuesday, July 25th

Before hitting the road, I was able to enjoy a beautiful summer morning during my run.  After my run, I packed up the car and started the drive north.

After almost a week of high heat and humidity, the 66 degrees and only 70% humidity was a welcome relief. And I got the chance to run solo on Monday. What a winning combo for this mother runner!

Wednesday, July 26th

Little man and I were able to enjoy another beautiful summer morning during a just over two mile walk around my grandfather’s neighborhood.

Thursday, July 27th

Thank goodness it was yet another beautiful summer morning with low temperatures and lowish humidity, because the hills of northern New Jersey were quite the challenge during my run.  I was so happy that despite the hills that I was able to maintain a sub ten minute average pace.

The hills of northern New Jersey made for quite the challenge during my run.

Friday, July 28th

After struggling during my long run last week, partly due to sore leg muscles, I decided that I needed to take a complete rest day in advance of my 15 miler.  I am so glad that I made this decision.

Saturday, July 29th

I was worried for several days that my long run wouldn’t happen.  Between driving back from New Jersey and arriving home in the early afternoon on Saturday, and there having been storms here for a couple of days, I questioned how I was going to be able to fit this run in, especially since I really didn’t want to run 15 miles on the treadmill.  Thankfully, there was a break in the storms and I was able to get outside for my run.  Yes, there were puddles that I had to dodge, some of which I successfully navigated around and some that I didn’t, but I got my run in and reached a new personal distance record!

Celebrating a new PDR!

Sunday, July 30th

Between recovering from my long run and celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary, I took another rest day.  Since my sister is in town, we were able to go out to a nice dinner thanks to her volunteering to babysit little man.

On our wedding day, and photos from each of our anniversary dinners, starting with our 1st anniversary on the bottom left going around to our 5th anniversary on the top right.

The restaurant gave us personalized menus in recognition of our anniversary

Total Weekly Mileage – 27.84 miles (1.96 miles less than week 7)

Total Chicago Mileage – 220.00 miles

QOTD: What milestones did you reach last week?

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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37 Responses to Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 8

  1. kookyrunner says:

    You hit a lot of accomplishments this week – congrats! Your training is going so well for the Chicago Marathon!

    Also, happy belated wedding anniversary! 🙂

  2. Wow congrats on hitting such a high mileage goal! Happy Anniversary love the photos.

  3. Chaitali says:

    Congrats on those milestones and fitting the 15 miler in! That’s great that the rain held off. It looks like a fun anniversary meal. I think it’s such a nice touch when restaurants provide personalized menus.

  4. Lesley says:

    Congrats on the milestones! I don’t have running milestones, but I got all my July reports in for work on Friday, which made me feel really good. I’ve been going going going and couldn’t stop until I have everything in with sponsors.

  5. Karen :0) says:

    Love the personalized menus – that’s so nice! Happy Anniversary! Glad you and your little man had safe travels and a good week!

  6. Congrats on hitting your longest run (to date). You’re going to keep on beating that number until Chicago!

  7. Congrats on 15! Sounds like your rest days were really valuable-trying to remember that in my own training!

  8. Congrats on all those miles! My milestones are all in “walking” miles right now…but I capped out at 38.5 for the week 😉

  9. 220 total miles! That’s awesome. Congrats on the anniversary, too! You guys are so cute.

  10. Happy Anniversary!!!!! Looks like you guys had a great time celebrating.

    Sounds like training is going great!

  11. Rachel says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Sounds like a solid week of training with all the travel. I’m impressed. Nice job!

  12. Wendy says:

    NIce job on your week and your month! Isn’t it fun to see those marathon training miles add up?

  13. You might not have hit all of your targets, but you still got a lot of miles in. Way to get ‘er done!

  14. Sounds like a terrific week! Congrats on your running milestones and PDR! Happy Anniversary too!

  15. Happy anniversary! Also, congrats on the high mileage and getting in your runs last week.

  16. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Great job this past week! Your little man looks like he had fun in the pool! The weather was so much more cooperative this past week. Congrats on your 15 miler and high mileage month! You’re going to do great in Chicago!

  17. I saw that you hit your first 100+ mile month of running. I remember being so excited about that – congratulations, lady!

  18. Congrats on your anniversary!

    Great job on that high mileage! That is always a great feeling. You worked hard for it and you should be proud.

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