Chicago Marathon Training Log – Weeks 10 and 11

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It seems like its been forever since I last blogged, when in reality its only been two weeks.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I’ve kept myself quite busy over the past two weeks, the highlight of which was the week that my husband and I spent in Antigua celebrating our wedding anniversary.  We had an incredible week away, during which I met two of my August goals – to stay active while on vacation and to not overindulge.

Week 10 Training:

Monday, August 7th

After completing a 16 mile run two days prior, my legs were still quite heavy and sore.  However, with us leaving very early the next morning for Antigua I knew that I couldn’t push my first run of the week back, and still forced myself out the door for my run.  It was a slow going five miles, but I was so happy when I was finished that I had resisted the temptation to skip my run, and celebrated by walking another mile after my run.

After completing my last run before vacation

Tuesday, August 8th

We had a very long travel day, which started with our alarm going off at 2:00 in the morning.  Thankfully, we had checked into an airport hotel the night before.  Our first flight of the day left Chicago at 5:30 a.m., we connected in Miami, and after a slight delay in Miami due to our plane arriving late, we landed in Antigua around 2:30 p.m.  By 4:30 we had checked into our hotel room, had changed into our bathing suits, and were getting drinks at the pool bar.

Wednesday, August 9th

In an effort to stay on track with marathon training while on vacation, I headed for the gym first thing when I woke up.  The excitement of being on vacation helped me to push myself as hard as I could on the treadmill, and I completed a 5 mile progression run in 48:08, with a sub 9 minute mile for my last mile!  I finished up my workout with a one mile walk.

I’ve been becoming a bit discouraged by my slowing pace due to the increasing mileage associated with marathon training, as well as the heat and humidity, so it felt really good to run faster. 5 mile progression run in the resort’s fitness center, with the last mile in 8:59!

Thursday, August 10th

When we booked our trip, one of the things that attracted us to the particular resort that we chose was the inclusion of water activities.  After breakfast on Thursday, we headed out to the beach and checked in for our snorkeling trip.  We had a blast swimming in the Caribbean while soaking in views of a beautiful reef and various fish.

Immediately after getting off of the boat, we arrived at the resort pool just in time for the start of water aerobics.  The resort’s trainer led us through a great 30 minute workout, and I was definitely feeling the burn by the end of the workout.  Working out in the water is much harder than it looks!

Friday, August 11th

After breakfast we took a short half mile walk on the beach before getting picked up for a private tour of the island.  During our day long tour we did quite a bit of walking, though I have no idea how far we actually walked.

At Shirley Heights overlooking the English Harbor in Antigua

Saturday, August 12th

When I first put my marathon training plan together, I penciled in 8-10 miles for my long run while in Antigua.  However, I knew that running that many miles on a treadmill while in the Caribbean was going to be quite the mental challenge.  So when we left for Antigua I told myself that I’d run as far as I wanted to, and would do this long run completely based on feel.  Up until this point, I’ve stayed on track with my long run mileage, so I figured that I had earned my mental and physical break from high mileage training.

I started my run outside, running laps around the resort.  With the resort being as compact as it was, with lots of winding sidewalks, running around the resort was far from easy.  Add in the Caribbean heat and humidity, and after three miles I was mentally and physically done with running outside.  So I headed for the gym and ran another three and a half miles on the treadmill.  By this point, I was done and just wanted to relax at the pool, so I called it a day.

3 miles outside followed by 3.5 miles on the treadmill. Its definitely hard to motivate yourself to run any further when you’re on vacation in the Caribbean.

Sunday, August 13th

I started the day with a 30 minute full body weight training session at the gym, and then after breakfast Preston and I walked just under one and a half miles on the beach.

Total Weekly Mileage – 20.93 miles (9.12 miles less than week 9)

Week 11 Training:

Monday, August 14th

Even though my legs were sore from my weight training the day before, I still headed to the gym and completed a 5 mile progression run on the treadmill.  It was almost two minutes slower than my progression run the Wednesday prior, but I still got it done.  And even though my body was quite tired, I still found the energy to do water aerobics again later that morning.  It was too much fun to sit on the sidelines and watch.

Can you tell how tired I was at the end of my run?

Tuesday, August 15th

Since we flew back to Illinois on Tuesday, I spent the time that I would have spent in the gym instead packing up.  After checking out of our room we spent a couple more hours at the beach and the pool, and after lunch had to leave for the airport to begin our long journey back.  We didn’t land in Chicago until around midnight.

Wednesday, August 16th

Despite not checking into our airport hotel and going to bed until almost 1:30 in the morning, I still pushed myself out the door that morning for my usual run.  I found a flat and shaded neighborhood near our hotel, and not only ran five miles but walked another two afterwards.

My last run in Chicago before the marathon was in a beautiful flat and shaded neighborhood near our hotel.

That afternoon, my parents and little man joined us in Chicago, and it was wonderful to finally be reunited with our little man.  We spent the afternoon giving him a couple of presents and taking him swimming in the hotel pool.

Thursday, August 17th

Thursday was our last and final travel day for the trip.  We had a midday flight back to D.C.  Although I could have spent some time in the hotel gym that morning, what I haven’t mentioned yet is that both Preston and I came down with colds overnight Monday into Tuesday.  Despite pushing myself to still complete my run on Wednesday, I was absolutely exhausted by the time Thursday came around.  Flying back with a toddler who didn’t want to sit still was anything but fun while also feeling miserable.

Friday, August 18th

On our first full day back at home I was mentally and physically exhausted.  I wound up napping for almost as long as little man did that afternoon.  Needless to say, working out was the furthest thing from my mind that day.

Saturday, August 19th

Thankfully, I woke up feeling much better Saturday morning, so I still headed out for my planned long run.  The extra rest had done wonders for me, and I felt great for the majority of my 14 mile run, until I started running out of water about 12 miles in.  Thank goodness my husband and son were able to come meet me out on the road and bring me more water, but I struggled to regain my momentum after pushing through without water while waiting for them.  But given that I felt as strong as I did for as long as I did, I still consider this long run to be a very successful one.

After taking a much needed mental and physical break from marathon training while we were on vacation and cutting way back on my mileage while in Antigua, it felt great to get back on track on Saturday.

Sunday, August 20th

Sunday evening little man and I headed out for our last walk of summer break.  Sadly, my short summer break flew by, and today I head back to school and little man heads back to daycare.  We celebrated the end of our summer together with a long walk, and afterwards I did a 30 minutes of strength training.

Little man and I marked the end of our summer break together with one last walk.

Total Weekly Mileage – 29.61 miles (8.68 miles more than week 10)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 300.59 miles

QOTD: Have you ever done water aerobics before?  Did you find it easy or difficult?

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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47 Responses to Chicago Marathon Training Log – Weeks 10 and 11

  1. kookyrunner says:

    wow, you definitely had a very busy two weeks! Kudos to you for getting in so many workouts and runs while on vacation. I am glad that you are feeling better and able to knock out that long run over the weekend – congrats! I also ran out of water during my long run on Saturday and the last few miles were brutal!

  2. You definitely packed a lot into your week! Antigua looked amazing glad you were able to get away before school started

  3. What a great couple of weeks. Congrats on being so close to the 30 miles/week zone. I feel my best when I’m up that high!

  4. Wendy says:

    Marathon training really can be tough–wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do was train? I think all you can do is the best you can–you will do just fine on race day!

  5. Lesley says:

    You did such a great job on vacation. Good luck with the first day of school!

  6. That’s impressive that you ran so much on vacation! Way to go! Hopefully being back to school/day care goes well for everyone! We have two more weeks until school starts here.

  7. Your training is going so great, and love that you didn’t let a vacation hold you back from getting out there. I’ve always thought vacations are the best new places to run!
    Looks like a great trip!
    Good luck getting back into teaching, hope you have another awesome year and great students!!!

  8. I’m glad I read this! Going on vacation on Friday… I will have to channel your energy and get im my workouts! Well done!

  9. Ivanna says:

    Nice job sticking to training on vaca. You got in some solid runs. I know October will be here before we know it.

  10. Super job getting workouts in while on vacation! I’ve never done water aerobics but sounds tough.

  11. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    Keeping up with training while traveling/on vacation is always my biggest challenge. Nice job getting in your miles while enjoying yourself!

  12. Coco says:

    What a great vacation/anniversary celebration! I used to be motivated to hit the hotel gym on vacation, but that enthusiasm is waning! Good for you for getting so many workouts in.

  13. Good work – hope you have gotten over your cold! 🙂 You are looking really fit!

  14. Rachel says:

    Ahhhh vacation…! What a wonderful celebration!! And I’m super impressed you got all that training in, too!

  15. Sounds like you had the most amazing time! And you were totally able to squeeze in all your workouts, too! Well done!

    Chicago is getting closer! You are going to do an awesome job!

  16. Kim Hatting says:

    Awesome! Two solid weeks, even while on vacay!

  17. Karen :0) says:

    WOW girl you had an awesome two weeks!! Glad you were able to enjoy your vacay and still get your planned runs in as well! 🙂 Great job!

  18. Looks like a great spot for a getaway! And kudos to you for getting your runs done while you were away!

  19. Nice job keeping it up on vacation! And I’m totally jealous – I’d love to get away like that!!! Glad you had fun!

  20. jljohnson says:

    I’m kind of amazed that you kept up your running while on vacation. I always find it so hard to do so! great job!!

  21. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Great job with your training the past couple of weeks! Your vacation sounds amazing! When I went to a resort in Jamaica a couple of years ago it was really tough trying to run around outside…I ended up doing 7 on the treadmill, not fun!

    I hope you’re feeling better after your colds!

  22. HoHo Runs says:

    Until you workout in the water, I don’t think you realize how much resistance the water provides. Pool running is insanely hard. We’ve been to Sandals (Jamaica) and they sure know how to treat you right. We enjoyed snorkeling, sailing and water skiing (at no extra cost). Great job keeping up with the training on vacation!

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  24. Keep up the great work! I’m running my first marathon this October in Chicago and I’m afraid about finishing it. The longest I’ve ran is 12 miles and my miles always fluctuate up to 3 minutes slower when I do long runs. It’s a long journey. It’s awesome that you are documenting it.

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