Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 14

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!

After a couple of challenging weeks of training, this past week was the first week when I was finally able to get all of my planned runs in.  I also met my September cross training goal and went for two walks in addition to my run.  The only thing that was on the back burner last week was my strength training.  Even though last week was only a four day work week, it felt long and was definitely exhausting as I finally felt like I was getting back into the swing of the regular school routine.  I made too many “I’m tired” excuses and pushed the idea of strength training aside.  I definitely need to be better about making strength training a higher priority this coming week in order to help me avoid injury, especially as race day gets even closer.

Monday, September 4th

Little man and I went for a 2.86 mile walk together (I walked, he rode in the stroller).  It was a great way for me to stretch my tired legs after having run 18 miles the day prior, as well as to enjoy the beautiful preview of fall weather that we were blessed with for most of the week.

Tuesday, September 5th

Tuesday evening’s run was all about getting back home before the start of a thunderstorm.  It started raining as I neared home, and the rain felt incredibly good since the air was quite humid during my run.

Tuesday evening’s run also brought my mileage total for 2017 to over 800 miles.  Last year I logged just under 755 miles (just over 500 of which I ran), so its incredible that’s it only early September and I’ve already surpassed last year’s totals.

Wednesday, September 6th

I had a chiropractor appointment after school, and before picking up little man also had to make a stop at the grocery store.  It was also raining Wednesday afternoon, making a running or walking commute to daycare an unrealistic option.  By the time I got him to bed I was pooped, so it wound up being a rest day.

Thursday, September 7th

Since my new running shoes had arrived on Wednesday, Thursday’s run was quite exciting since it was my first run in my new Wave Inspire 13s.  I am a loyal Mizuno wearer, and since I can no longer find Wave Inspire 12s in my size, these shoes are my first 13s.  It felt great to run in a new pair of shoes, my sore knee finally felt well supported, and my blistered heel didn’t start bothering me until the very end of my run.  Overall, it was a very successful run!

My new Mizuno Wave Inspire 13s. I absolutely love the color of them!

After returning home I did 20 minutes of strength training.  It was my only strength training session of the week.  Oops.

Friday, September 8th

I had thought about going for a walk with little man after school, but the opportunity to go to happy hour with coworkers at the end of a long week was a much more appealing idea.  I didn’t make the best food and drink choices given that I had a long run the next morning, but it was nice to relax with coworkers.

Saturday, September 9th

Since I had only worn my new shoes once, I decided to lace up my old pair of shoes for my long run.  Even with running on a very hilly route, I felt surprisingly good for the majority of my run.  I made a pit stop at CVS at 10.46 miles to refill my Camelbak, change the band aids on my heel, and put on a dry sock, but after leaving CVS I struggled to find my rhythm even though the majority of the last three and a half miles of my run were downhill.  I was glad to finish my 14 mile run.  I have no doubt that my choices at happy hour impacted how I felt during my long run.  Lesson learned.  After my run I walked another 1.14 miles.

It was an absolutely beautiful morning for a long run!

Sunday, September 10th

Sunday was spent doing lots of chores and errands.  It was a very busy, but productive day.  It was one of those days when I felt quite accomplished at the end of it.

Total Weekly Mileage – 28.53 miles (0.14 miles more than week 13)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 380.67 miles

QOTD: Do you find excitement in running in a new pair of shoes for the first time, or do you dread breaking in new shoes?

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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33 Responses to Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 14

  1. kookyrunner says:

    Congrats on a great week of training and for hitting a new mileage goal!

    I’m so glad that the new sneakers worked for you! I’m also a loyal Mizuno fan. I purchased a bunch of the Wave Inspire 10s and 11s so I’m still working my way through those, lol

  2. Sounds like you had a great week! I’m glad the new version of the Mizunos still works for you :). And congrats on 800 miles!

  3. I generally don’t have issues with new shoes. I rotate my shoes so that generally allows for the breaking in process to be smooth. I’ll leave some good race juju in Chicago for you while I’m here this week! 🙂

  4. runeatralph says:

    New shoes are ALWAYS exciting. In my mind if you aren’t excited about testing out a brand new pair, you bought the wrong ones.

  5. AJ says:

    Great job! I know I let my cross training slide during my last half marathon and paid the price for it:( Oh and I love new shoes:)

  6. Wendy says:

    Isn’t it amazing how what we eat the day before a long run really affects us? I know I’m paying for my farewell pizza from Friday. Sigh…

  7. Chaitali says:

    Glad the new shoes worked out well! I’m always excited to go out for a run when I have new shoes 🙂

  8. I love the color of those shoes. I always feel like that first run in a new pair always makes me feel faster. Wow! over 800 miles already for the year. Great job!

  9. Lesley says:

    I love running in new shoes. I can always feel the new cushioning when I take the shoes out for their first run, and it feels great. I can also feel when the older shoes weren’t supporting my legs like the new shoes do.

  10. HoHo Runs says:

    I’m a loyal Mizuno Inspire wearer. If I closed my eyes, I couldn’t tell you whether I’m running in a new pair right out of the box or a pair of tried and true. I haven’t bought the latest generation yet, always opting for last year’s model until they are gone. Congrats on reaching 800 miles already!

  11. Karen :0) says:

    Running in new shoes is the best! Glad you like the 13’s! I have one pair of 12’s left before moving on. Great job with your week!!

  12. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Great job this past week, and I love the colors of your new shoes! I’ve been very nervous about running in new shoes lately…I think I’m due for a new pair but I’m not sure if I want to go with the Wave Rider 20’s, I just don’t like them as much as the 19’s.

  13. It was recommended to me this spring to find a different brand of shoes (I am a loyal Newton wearer). I had tried a pair of Brooks, but they really did not work for me at all. I did not like them at all. Luckily, I went back to the running shop and got a pair of Saucony Kinvaras. They feel like heaven! I still have a million pair of Newtons and run in them all the time, but I do work the Kinvaras in the rotation too. Never thought I would find another pair of shoes I love as much as my Newtons!!

  14. There’s NOTHING like new running shoes! Sounds like you’re ready for Chicago. I’m super jealous…it’s going to be amazing! 🙂

  15. Love that color of your new shoes! I LOVE new shoes and always look forward to it. Congrats on reaching 800 miles. What is your goal for the year?

  16. You had an excellent week, Kathryn. How long do you usually prepare for a marathon?

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