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Last week felt like a redemption week when it came to working out and my marathon training overall. The timing of a “redemption week” couldn’t have been more perfect as I reached the peak of marathon training on Saturday with my running of the infamous 20 miler. And to further add to the exciting week, I reached my minimum fundraising goal on Friday!!! There’s certainly a lot to celebrate from last week.
Monday, September 10th
Despite the rainy and dreary weather, I was determined to get out for a run after work after being sick and not being able to workout much the week prior. It felt great to sweat for 4.25 miles.
Tuesday, September 11th
After work I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and then did 40 minutes of full body weight training. Just like on Monday, it felt great to sweat and get a workout in after a difficult week the week prior.
Wednesday, September 12th
I headed back to the gym after work on Wednesday for a 5 mile run on the treadmill. Due to the 100% humidity it was a very sweaty run. After my run I completed a half mile cool down walk.
Thursday, September 13th
Since I was tight on time prior to picking little man up from daycare I didn’t have time to get to the gym for a workout. So instead I did a walking commute to pick him up, and added some extra mileage to the route on the way home. I wound up walking a total of 3.16 miles.
Friday, September 14th
Although I took a complete rest day in anticipation of my 20 miler on Saturday, Friday was still an exciting day since I reached my minimum fundraising goal mid-day.
Saturday, September 15th
Saturday marked the peak of marathon training with the infamous 20 miler. It was a cool 69 degrees and cloudy when I started my run, and by the end was 79 degrees with some sunshine peeking through the clouds. I opted to run on my go-to hilly long run route. Although Chicago is super flat I’m hopeful that by running on all of the hills that I have that it’ll help to make me that much more prepared for race day.
Despite the hills and 100% humidity I pushed through and averaged a 12:20 pace. This was nearly a full minute slower than my 20 miler last year. While seeing this difference was initially discouraging, I have since reminded myself that I completed these training runs in different locations and under much different conditions. The most important thing is that I pushed through the challenges of running on hills in very humid weather. Despite having to slowly reduce my run interval and increase my walk interval the further that I ran, particularly in the last couple of miles, I still crossed the 20 miler finish line and am that much closer to race day.
Sunday, September 16th
Although I didn’t complete a formal workout yesterday, I spent a good portion of the afternoon and early evening volunteering at a local consignment sale. During the sale I wound up walking over 6 miles!
Total Weekly Mileage – 35.81 miles (21.50 miles more than week 14)
Total Chicago Mileage – 400.58 miles
QOTD: How training milestone(s) did you reach last week?