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!
Spoiler alert: I completed my 20 mile training run and am now in taper mode!!!!!! I cannot believe that I am only three weeks away from the big race. This training cycle has just flown by, and before I know it we’ll be packing up to head to Chicago for the marathon.
This past week was another busy one. Little man was sick, and I suffered through a migraine, both of which impacted my training. But I was determined to get all of my miles in, no matter what it took. My strength training did take a back seat again, even after declaring last week that I needed to make it a higher priority. Hopefully now that I’m in taper mode it’ll be easier to fit it into my busy schedule.
Monday, September 11th
I was determined to have a good training week, and I kicked off the week with a strong 5 mile run. It was the first time in a couple of weeks that I have seen my average pace for a run below 10 minutes per mile. The heat and humidity, along with marathon training, has certainly slowed me down this summer. Even though I am not a fan of fall, I’m secretly looking forward to it continuing to cool off so that I can see my faster paces again. Shh!
Tuesday, September 12th
After work I headed to the gym, where I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of weight training. It was my one and only strength training workout for the week, but I definitely made it count and walked out of the gym with sore muscles.
Wednesday, September 13th
Since it was an absolutely beautiful afternoon, I decided to do a walking commute to pick little man up from daycare. In hindsight, I should have done my second run for the week instead since I was out of commission on Thursday. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the beautiful weather during my 2.51 mile walk.
Thursday, September 14th
A migraine that started Wednesday afternoon got worse overnight and throughout the day on Thursday. By the time that I was done with work for the day, I wanted nothing other than to come up and lay down, so it wound up being an unplanned rest day.
Friday, September 15th
Thankfully my head finally stopped pounding Friday morning shortly after I arrived at work, so I was able to head out for my second run of the week when I got home. The run wasn’t anything special, but it did feel good to know that I was able to get my run in and not have to miss it.
Saturday, September 16th
My rest day before my 20 miler included driving up to south Jersey and heading into Philadelphia to pick up my bib for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly Half Marathon.
Sunday, September 17th
I will recap my half marathon and entire 20 mile experience at a later date, but for now I’ll share that it was an incredibly humid morning, which I know affected my ability to push myself more than I did. I was drenched shortly after starting my run, and my clothes were so wet that I felt like they weighed me down during the run. I even had to stop and change my socks during the race because they were so wet from the humidity and my sweat. I ran 5.47 miles before the half marathon, logged 13.39 miles during the race, and then ran another 1.20 miles after the race. I was a bit emotional after finishing my 20 miles, knowing that I am that much closer to calling myself a marathoner.
Total Weekly Mileage – 36.81 miles (8.28 miles more than week 14)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 417.48 miles
QOTD: How do you reward yourself after a challenging training run?
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.