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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Eleven (43.15 miles)

This week was all about being adaptable. I wasn’t feeling great this week, tired and overall just a little burnt out. I adjusted, took an extra rest day, and got more sleep. I needed it. But I did still get some solid mileage in!
Here’s a week eleven breakdown:

Monday – Torch Class (2 miles)

Woke up early for a Monday Torch class at Studio Three with my coworkers. One hour of running, rowing, and strength intervals. I ran 2 miles during the treadmill intervals. Rowing kills my arms, but in a good way. I was sore all week! 

Tuesday – 5.0 miles 

Got in 5 easy miles before work. My legs were pretty tight, so I keep my pace easy. 

Wednesday – Rest day

Made today my rest day, instead of going to my speed workout. I felt nauseous and exhausted all day, so I decided relaxing was more important. I needed to listen to my body! 

Thursday – 9.65 miles (speed) 

Attempted my speed workout in the AM. I wasn’t even half a mile from my apartment when it started storming. Lightning and all. So I tried the treadmill. I got through one 1000m rep and called it quits. It was 95 degrees in the basement and I figured I’d wait until after work to see if it was better outside. 1.65 miles of an attempt. Tried again after work and got in a full 6 reps of 1000m repeats with 90 second recovery jogs in-between. Kept the average pace between 7:30 and 7:40 and felt good. 8 miles total with warm up and cool down! Much better than on the treadmill. 

Friday – 6.50 miles

Got in six and a half miles before work in the super humid weather. As always, it’s a great way to kick off my Friday. Averaged an 8:41 pace and felt good. 

Saturday – Rest day 

Moved my long run to Sunday due to stormy weather and a lack of sleep. I planned on cross training, but after walking around a lot early in the day, I really just wanted to lay on my couch and read my book. So that’s what I did. 

Sunday – 20.0 miles! 

Nailed my first 20 miler today! SO happy with how this run went. It was only 70 degrees which was a welcomed cool front compared to most other days this summer. Carly and I met up, ran about 14 miles together, and let our chatting make the time fly by. It’s so nice to have a running buddy. I felt strong and relaxed the whole run. Averaged 9:14 pace. And my last mile  was my fastest at 8:21 average.  This was definitely the confidence boost I needed. Now I just have to do it two more times! 

Marathon training has definitely taught me how to welcome change. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. And that’s okay. Finished this week strong, but definitely ready for week twelve to be better! 

Eleven weeks down, seven to go. 

Week eleven total mileage: 43.15 miles

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