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!
This past week was a physically challenging one. Between the heat and humidity, and increasing the distance of my long run, my body was certainly put to the test of how much it can endure. This past week also marked the halfway point of my training. I am now officially halfway done with training for my first marathon! Time has been flying by and I cannot believe that in just nine short weeks I will be able to call myself a marathoner!
Monday, July 31st
I kicked off the week with a run with my little man. Since my legs were still quite sore from last Saturday’s 15 miler, it was very slow going. Little man was also a tad fussy during the run, which created an extra challenge for me. But the important thing is that I got my run done!
Tuesday, August 1st
After Preston was done with work for the day I headed to the gym, where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 35 minutes doing full body weight training. Even though my muscles were still a tad sore, I decided to push through. No pain, no gain, right?
Wednesday, August 2nd
Little man went to daycare for the day, which allowed me to complete my run on my own. Even without having to push the stroller, the humidity really got to me and slowed me way down, especially during the last couple of miles.
Thursday, August 3rd
I had wanted to get to the gym but with us getting ready to head out of town I had plenty of chores, errands, and packing that dictated otherwise. Instead, I did 35 minutes of strength training at home.
Friday, August 4th
We had a long day of travel to my parents’ house in Illinois, plus a rest day before a long run is usually a smart idea.
Saturday, August 5th
I had been looking forward to this run ever since looking at my training plan and realizing that I’d be doing a long run while in Illinois. I always looking forward to running in flat Central Illinois, as I’m usually able to push my pace just a tad more due to fewer hills than are on some of my usual routes at home. However, my 16 miler wound up being quite challenging, as my legs felt tired and heavy during much of my run. The further that I ran, the slower that I became, but I pushed through, didn’t stop, and reached a new personal distance record!
Sunday, August 6th
Unfortunately, I spent Saturday night and the first half of Sunday battling a migraine. Thankfully I felt better after taking an early afternoon nap, but since we had plans to go to a baseball game late Sunday afternoon/evening I lost out on the opportunity to do any cross or strength training.
Total Weekly Mileage – 30.05 miles (2.21 miles more than week 8)
Total Chicago Mileage – 250.05 miles
QOTD: How is your summer training going? Is the heat and humidity finally catching up with you?
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.