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.
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.
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.
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?