Chicago Marathon Training: Week Four (31.4 miles)

This week was a bit of a tough week. I was feeling so drained and out of it for most of it. I still got all my miles in, but I did switch things around a bit and took an unplanned rest day. 

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday – Cycling Class + 3.0 miles

Now this is how you start off a week. I went to a 6 AM spin class with my work wife and followed it up with a three mile run. The class is 45 minutes and I typically burn about 500 calories. I kept the run at an easy pace since it was directly after class, but my legs did okay. I felt super ready to take on the week!

Tuesday – Rest Day

I had to fly to Cincinnati for work this day. I woke up with enough time to run, but traffic to the airport was bad and I got nervous so I skipped my run. I got home at about 10 PM, so it was a rest day. Moved today’s run to Thursday. 

Wednesday – 8.15 mile speed workout 

I did this speed workout on my own. 800 meter reps x 6. 90 second slow jog in- between reps. With warm up and cool down it totaled 8.15 miles. I was super consistent with my paces, which surprised me. My reps were all at around 7:10-7:30 average pace and I gradually got a little faster with each rep. Proud of this workout! The speed workouts are always tough, but always worth it. 

Thursday – 3.0 miles

Easy three miler in the morning. I always love starting my day with a run, even when it’s hard to get out of bed. 

Friday – 4.15 miles

I accidentally turned off my alarm, so I didn’t have time for the full 6 miles on my plan, but I made the most of the time I did had. 4.15 miles is always better than nothing! 

Saturday – Rest Day

Unplanned rest day. In all honesty I drank too much on Friday and couldn’t convince myself to run in the morning. I felt awful. And it was kind of a wake up call for me. I can’t take my body for granted. I can’t go out and drink like I did in college and expect to be able to run the next day. I’m taking a serious break from alcohol and not letting it ruin my training. I’ve got too big of goals to let myself down. 

Sunday – 13.1 mile run + 8 mile bike ride

Made up for lack of exercise on Saturday with my Sunday. I ran a solo half marathon in 1 hour and 55 minutes. 8:46 average pace. I felt okay. Not great. But I enjoyed running in the suburbs and having some reflecting alone time. Then I went on an 8 mile bike ride with my boyfriend. It was a beautiful day and I just wanted to be outside. Thankful to have an active day. 

I’m glad I got my miles in, as well as some cross training. It wasn’t as great of a week as I had wanted, but I have 14 more weeks to really focus on my training. I’m ready to take better care of my body and fuel it the best way I can to perform to the best of my ability on all of my runs. I love to run and I don’t want to do anything to make it harder on myself. Here’s to a better week 5! 

Week 4 total mileage = 31.4 miles 

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