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!
I cannot believe that race week is here! One week from today I will be able to call myself a marathoner! The past 17 weeks have just flown by, and I’m sure the last couple of days before we head to Chicago will go by just as fast, especially since I have a lot on the agenda for this week, including a couple of chiropractor appointments, packing for race weekend, and writing sub plans for Friday.
Despite it being taper time, this past week was another active one, though it was nice to have more time to spend with my little family than I’ve had in recent weeks.
Monday, September 25th
Given that I ran three races last weekend, and the bulk of the mileage was on Sunday, I more than earned Monday’s rest day.
Tuesday, September 26th
Summer’s last hurrah (or what I’m going to assume was our last day of intense heat and humidity), pushed me to the gym to complete my run. I thought that running in the air conditioning would feel good, except it was so stuffy in the gym and it didn’t feel like the air conditioning was turned up very high. This resulted in five very sweaty miles, and I left feeling like I would have struggled just as much had I run outside.
Wednesday, September 27th
After work I headed back to the gym where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes doing full body weight training.
Thursday, September 28th
The weather was night and day from what it had been on Tuesday, and the cooler air felt wonderful during my run. In fact, I was able to push myself to run a tad faster than I have been able to recently, thanks to the much nicer weather. It was a nice little confidence boost with the race right around the corner.
Friday, September 29th
I ran a ton of errands after work, so even though it was a rest day I spent a ton of time on my feet walking around.
Saturday, September 30th
My last long run before Chicago was a hard one. Between the 20+ mph wind and running with a fussy toddler, I wound up doing a lot more walking than I would have liked during an 8 mile run. The run was it was, and the important thing is that I got the miles in, even if some of them were very slow going.
Sunday, October 1st
Another busy days of errands and chores kept me on my feet, even if I wasn’t “working out.”
Total Weekly Mileage – 21.66 miles (7.92 miles less than week 16)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 468.72 miles
QOTD: What last minute advice do you have for me going into race weekend?