Chicago Marathon Training - Week 1

Workouts Last Week TodayLast week I started my 16 week training cycle for the Chicago Marathon.

This training cycle I'm incorporating a few things that I didn't do last training cycle; cross-training and strength training.  I also plan on keeping up with my planking. The hubs recently went out and got us a gym membership, which will definitely come in handy with those goals as well as provide me with a treadmill option too.  This week I used yoga as both cross-training and strength.  Maybe a bit of a stretch, but the way my muscles felt afterwards, I think it did both jobs.

This cycle I'm also focusing on eating a lot better.  While my diet is pretty good, I really want to eat a lot cleaner and avoid processed convenience food as much as possible.  Last week was a win as I prepped a weeks worth of lunches on Sunday, and had a plan for dinner that week too!  This Curry Roasted Vegetable & Kale Salad from Minimalist Baker kept really well for 4 days worth of lunches, and I enjoyed the leftovers from my Summer Squash Tacos for dinner.  I also experimented with making celery juice... I really didn't like it at first, but after the first glass, I got used to the taste  of juiced celery.

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 1:

Monday - 4 miles easy.  1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Tuesday - Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Wednesday - 4 miles easy on the treadmill before work (in case TS Cindy impacted our weather - it didn't). 1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Thursday - Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Friday - 4 miles easy.  1:00 am plank/1:00 pm plank.

Saturday - 8 miles total.  I got in 3 miles before a massive thunderstorm hit, then went to the gym to get in the remaining 5 miles on a treadmill.  1:00 am plank.

Sunday - Rest Day.

Total Miles = 20

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’, and special guest hostess Zenaida Arroyo for the Weekly Wrap.


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  1. I start half training next week and I'm going to try so hard to not let my strength training fall to pieces! I did that last time and lost so much muscle. It made my running a lot more difficult.

  2. Strength training is so important, especially as you increase your mileage!

  3. I am excited for you as you train for the Chicago Marathon! Have you run it before? If you haven't, it is a GREAT one.

  4. I need to get back to a more consistent strength workout schedule. I did some strength training as I trained for my marathon, but I did scale it back. Celery juice? sounds interesting!

  5. I defnitely think you've see a big boost from cross training & strength training. It's just hard to keep up with as the miles add up.

    Good start, Vicki!

  6. I hope to keep up with it, but I can see as miles add up I will be craving more rest days.

  7. I am so much for strength training as it is very important for the core and preventing injuries, Vicki! Keep up the awesome work!

  8. I think it really helped me this training cycle... I'm a believer :-)