Chicago Marathon Training: Week 3 (22.35 miles)

Week three was a recovery week. Lower mileage than the first two weeks, but very necessary. I changed things around a bit, but I still ran 5 times (took an extra rest day). Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday – 3.0 miles

After work recovery run in 90+ degree weather. Took it easy and just logged the miles. 

Tuesday – 3.0 miles + 500 Calorie Workout at Enrgi

Hard workout day. I ran 3 miles before my class and ended at the front of the studio. Then I did the 500 Calorie hour long class. Circuits of strength and cardio without any breaks. I came home completely exhausted, but proud I pushed through. 

Wednesday – Rest day

Storms were supposed to roll in, so I skipped my team speed workout. And I was really sore, so I think it was the right decision. Better to listen to my body early on! 

Thursday – 6.0 miles

Early AM 6 miler. Averaged 8:11 pace. Threw in some quicker mile repeats because that was supposed to be my speed workout the night before. I love great morning runs!

Friday – Rest day 

Unplanned rest day. Honestly, I didn’t wake up in time in the morning and had plans after work I didn’t want to miss out on. I never want marathon training to keep me from having fun, so sometimes I skip a run. It happens. It’s okay. 

Saturday – Pride 10K, 6.2 miles 

Ran the Pride 10K in a time of 50:35. 8:09 pace. 19th woman overall! I had no time goal for this race, but I just ran by feel. It was 85 degrees and humid, so a little brutal, but still run. Great environment. Great medal. Great race. 

Sunday – 4.15 miles 

Ran this morning just because I wanted to. It was another hot one, so I did 4.15 miles then called it a day. Kept my pace slow and stretched out my legs. 

This week didn’t go exactly as I planned, but it was still a good week. I’m feeling recovered and ready to take on the next 15 weeks of hard work!

Week three total mileage: 22.35 miles 

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