Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 16

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!

What a week!  This past week was busy and long, and part of what made it so long was that I was sick for most of the week.

Monday, September 18th

Since I completed my 20 miler last Sunday, I took a complete and total rest day on Monday.  I usually prefer to start the week off with a workout but my body was still recovering from running 20 miles and needed the rest.

Tuesday, September 19th

I decided to do a running commute to daycare for my first post-20 miler run.  There’s no way to describe my run other than it was extremely hard.  Between the heat (it was in the 80s), my tired legs, and pushing the BOB stroller, I struggled during the entire run.  The fact that I struggled as much as I did during my  run should have also been a sign of what I would face later in the week: coming down with a cold.  Following my run I did 25 minutes of full body strength training.

Little man and I discussing just how difficult my run was.

Wednesday, September 20th

Although I had a sore throat, I didn’t have any other symptoms or signs that I was getting sick, so after work I headed to the gym.  I did a 30 minute workout on the elliptical, followed by 20 minutes of weight training.  I didn’t get to workout as long as I would have liked, as I needed to get to daycare to pick up little man.

Thursday, September 21st

When I woke up Thursday morning, there was no denying that I was sick with a cold.  Since I was just congested and otherwise felt fine, I decided to turn my run into a long walk, during which I picked little man up from daycare.

At I’m sick during taper time, and there’s still almost two weeks until the big race. Fingers crossed that I feel better sooner than later!

Friday, September 22nd

I felt absolutely miserable on Friday.  After running a bunch of errands after work, I came home and immediately fell asleep on the couch.  There was no way that I could have worked out had I wanted to.  I just had no energy.

Saturday, September 23rd

I had my first of three races of the weekend on Saturday, and when I went to bed Friday night I had no idea whether I’d feel up for running.  Thankfully, I felt a bit better when I woke up on Saturday, though I was still very congested, but at least I was no longer achy.  I ran the Dulles Day 10k as planned, though my pace was a bit slower than I would have liked given how flat the course was.

Running on the runway at Dulles Airport

Sunday, September 24th

My second two races of the weekend were the Clarendon Day 5k followed by the 10k.  Both races together made up the Clarendon Day Double.  When I registered for these races, I figured that it would be a fun way to complete my last double digit run before the marathon (I also ran and power walked 1.69 miles from the finish line back to the start line in between the two races.)  Just like with Dulles Day, my pace was slower than I would have liked since both races are a net downhill, but given that I was still sick all I could do was do the best that I could.

Total Weekly Mileage – 29.58 miles (7.23 miles less than week 15)

Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 447.06 miles

QOTD: How do you manage your training when you’re sick?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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34 Responses to Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 16

  1. Taylor says:

    It looks like you still had an amazing week of training despite coming down with a cold! Congratulations on your weekend of races! When I’m sick, I try to really tune in and listen to my body. Sometimes, moving helps me feel better and other times it does not – it just depends 🙂

    I hope you are feeling better soon!!

  2. Really great to see you and catch up! Keep on going almost there

  3. Wendy says:

    I had a cold this week too–I try to push through it. I was tired though! I hope you are feeling better.

  4. AJ says:

    I’m bad about running when sick- I follow the rule that if it’s “all in your head” you’re ok to run:)

  5. Lesley says:

    I’ve pushed through my colds before, but sometimes falling asleep on the couch also feels good. Great job with all the races this weekend.

  6. Goodness all that and you were under the weather too! I hope you’re feeling better and your one more week closer to Chicago! Just be sure to get your rest!

  7. Elle says:

    You are tougher than me. When I am sick, I rest! Hope you feel better soon.

  8. Wow still a great week despite the cold! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  9. Hope you’re feeling better! That double challenge looks fun…especially the part where you have to “hoof it” back for the second race. Good job!

  10. Rachel says:

    Gah, I hope you’re feeling better! Colds are the worst. PS your little dude is so adorbs! ❤

  11. So sorry about your cold, but the good news is it will be long gone my marathon day. Feel better!!

  12. I’m sorry you were sick, but at least you’re getting it out of the way before the marathon!

    You did great with those three races, even though you had that cold. So proud of you!

  13. agsignor says:

    What a great role model you are for your son! He is going to be so proud 🙂

  14. kookyrunner says:

    So sorry that you were sick this week 😦 Congrats on knocking out those three races this weekend – that’s super impressive!!

  15. Sorry you were sick this week! It’s so good that you still managed to race though – congratulations for your last double-digit 🙂

  16. Chaitali says:

    Boo to being sick 😦 I’m glad you felt a bit better by the weekend and were able to do your races. They look like they would have been fun if you were feeling 100%.

  17. HoHo Runs says:

    Thanks goodness you’ve gotten your sickness out of the way before Chicago. Three races over the weekend is certainly impressive! Congrats. Thanks for linking.

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