Chicago Marathon Training - Week 9

Workouts Last Week TodayI'm recapping the past week of training for the Chicago Marathon.  This was Chicago Marathon Training - Week 9 in the training cycle. I'm over halfway through my training plan! Chicago is under 50 days away!

To tell the truth, I was living in fear of this week... every workout on my plan seemed hard, and just looking at the week made me doubt myself.  I took this week by the horns and rocked them all.  I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't looking forward to my cutback week coming up next week.

This week, I also ran a 10k on Saturday (recap coming soon)... my plan had a hard effort 6 miles the day before my long run.  The only way I knew I could make that happen was to find a race and race it. I had a great time, but boy was it a steam bath!  By the time I had finished, my shoes were literally squishing!

I decided to break up my long run this week.  The past few ones I've been at the breaking point during the last couple miles and needing to take walking breaks more often (I start out doing .1 for each .9 mile and by the time the last 2 roll around it's .1 for every .2 - yikes!)  This week, I ran about 2/3 of it outside and the last 1/3 on the treadmill, only 3 walking breaks.

My exhaustion was so much better this week, but my pillow won the fight a few days.  I only got 1 cross-training session in this week. I'm overall happy with the cleanliness of my diet, I'm going to try to kick it up a notch this upcoming week.

Chicago Marathon Training - Week 9:

Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - 1 mile w/up & c/down, 4 x .1 mile at 10k pace (should have been 5k pace, but I failed to remember the plan correctly)  with 0.1 mile recovery

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Wednesday - Yin Yoga (my body was so happy for this class)

Thursday - 1 mile w/up & c/down, 5 miles tempo at 10k pace + 30 sec.

Friday - Rest.

Saturday - 10k - 1:02:11!

chicago marathon training - week 9

Sunday - 16 miles steady.

chicago marathon training - week 9

Total Miles = 35.5

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’, and special guest hostess Madhuri @ Ponder 'N' Wonder for the Weekly Wrap.


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  1. Great idea to throw in a 10K for motivation! Looks like it worked :)

  2. Great job with your workouts! Funny, I just wrote a post last week about looking fear in the face and pushing forward anyway. If you aren't willing to at least try the hard workouts, how can you ever expect to improve? You killed it this week! Enjoy your taper!

  3. Wow, what a great week! And you did awesome with your 10K ;-)

  4. Hooray for less exhaustion this week! You had a great week or workouts and super congrats on your 16 mile long run and awesome 10K race this weekend!

  5. Can't wait to hear about your 10k. Looks like you rocked it in that humidity!

  6. What a great time for that 10k! I am chasing that one hour mark - still have a while to go though! Well done on such a great week of training!

  7. I'm glad to hear your exhaustion level is better this week. This heat can't be helping with that at all. Speaking of heat, congrats on a great 10k that I know had feel like a steam bath.

  8. Great job on your 10k in that weather! You'll definitely enjoy the cooler weather the day of the marathon.

  9. Thanks! I'm really looking forward to running in cooler weather :-)