Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 1

On October 7th 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!

This past week marked the start of my Chicago Marathon training.  Just like this time last year, I’m incredibly excited about the road ahead as I prepare to run 26.2 miles through Chicago in October.  I learned from last year’s training experience that summer marathon training will be anything but easy, and that there will be lots of ups and downs.  But I’ve done quite a bit of reflecting, and am very excited about the road that lies ahead of me.

My first week of marathon training was very productive, which I’m sure was partly the result of the pure excitement of being back in training.

Monday, June 4th

My first run of marathon training was a challenging one.  After being a tad under the weather the weekend prior, as well as running with the warm afternoon sun beating down on me, I was certainly challenged during that run.  But with it being my first training run I refused to give up and completed all 45 minutes that I had planned to run.

I’m excited to be back in training and cannot wait to once again run with Team RMHC.

Tuesday, June 5th

After work I headed straight for the gym, spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, and then did 35 minutes of full body weight training.  I was definitely sore as I walked out of the gym.

Wednesday, June 6th

My body was still sore from Tuesday’s gym workout, but since it was both Global Running Day and an absolutely beautiful afternoon when I arrived home from work, I knew that I had to spend as much time as possible outside.  After completing my 45 minute run, I grabbed the stroller and walked to and from daycare to pick up little man.  Altogether, I logged just under 7 miles for the day.

It was an absolutely perfect afternoon weather wise to enjoy Global Running Day and a walking commute to and from daycare.

Thursday, June 7th

With a handful of errands to run after work, Thursday wound up being a rest day for me.

Friday, June 8th

Even if I had wanted to work out on Friday, my work schedule didn’t allow for me to be able to do so.  After school I ran out to grab some tea and dinner, and then returned to school to board a school bus for downtown.  My school had an 8 p.m. graduation ceremony at Constitution Hall.  I finally arrived back home around 11:30 p.m.  To say that Friday was a long day is an understatement.

Saturday, June 9th

Thanks to my husband’s graciousness, I was able to sleep in a tad after little man woke up.  After enjoying some morning cuddles with my little man once I woke up, I finally headed out for my long run around 10 a.m.  I had six miles on tap for Saturday, and felt incredibly strong during five of the six miles.  It wasn’t until the last mile that the heat started to get to me.  My fingers and toes are crossed that my strong long run from Saturday is a good sign of the long runs that I have ahead of me between now and race day.

Feeling great after a strong 6 mile run

Sunday, June 10th

I finished out the week with a 35 minute full body strength training workout in my living room.  At a couple of points, little man laid on the floor next to me and mimicking the exercises that I did.  It was quite adorable.

Total Weekly Mileage – 20.35 miles

QOTD: How did you celebrate Global Running Day?

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking the Long Way Home for the Weekly Wrap link up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

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26 Responses to Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 1

  1. kookyrunner says:

    Hooray for the first week of marathon training! You did a great job this week.

    I didn’t celebrate GRD with a run since Wednesdays are normally my strength training days, but loved seeing all the posts on social media!

  2. Darlene says:

    Great first week of training.

    I ran a 5k on GRD.

  3. Lesley says:

    Great first week! It’s always exciting starting another training cycle. Good luck this summer 🙂

  4. I wish I could say that I celebrated with some really epic run, but I didn’t. I didn’t even run. It landed on a strength training day for me again this year. Oh well…I got something in!

  5. You’re off to a super strong start! Whoo hoo!

    I’m kind of jealous of your late starts. We can’t really get out much later than 5:30 if we want things to be even remotely reasonable on our run. It’ shard, but come winter, we’ll maybe be able to “sleep in” a bit.

    We did a small group run on Global Running Day. It was perfect.

  6. Welcome back to 26.2 training! My next marathon is in October, too (a week after Chicago), but I’m not “officially” starting to train for another month…just maintaining my 13.1 base for now 😉

  7. Wendy says:

    Nice way to kick off marathon training! I’m excited for you!

  8. agsignor says:

    Woohoo on the Chicago Marathon! That’s amazing. Can’t wait to follow your training journey!

  9. Coco says:

    How perfect to start your training during GRD week! I bet your hot afternoon runs pay off with getting you used to running in tough conditions.

  10. Marcia says:

    You’re off to a great start! The lead up to Chicago is always exciting.

  11. jessicam1407 says:

    Looks like a pretty great week 1 overall! Love that you’re setting such a good example for your son and I’m sure it was adorable to see him exercising with you. 🙂

  12. Renee says:

    YES!! I’m so excited for your Chicago journey – first week is off to a GREAT start!

    I didn’t celebrate GRD!! I didn’t realise it and ran the day before. I did go to the gym though and had a sweaty session at spin class.

  13. HoHo Runs says:

    It’s exciting to be starting a new marathon training cycle! At least you already know what you’re in for when it comes to summer/heat training and can draw on your experiences from last year. I was in full recovery mode on Global Running Day and did nothing! Thanks for linking!

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