Chicago Marathon Training: Week Twelve (38.87 miles) 

This was a better week as far as sticking to the plan than week eleven. My legs were heavy coming off my highest mileage week in awhile, but otherwise I felt strong. It’s truly amazing me how well I’m holding up during this training cycle. You can do hard things! Sometimes you just have to decide to try. 

Here’s a week twelve breakdown:

Monday – 5 miles AM + Flywheel PM

Woke up early to get my miles in before work. Five slow miles on tired legs. Then I struggled through a Flywheel class after work. Will I ever do Flywheel the day after a 20 miler again? Highly unlikely. But I did what I could to make the class worth it. 

Tuesday – 4.25 miles

Got in 4.25 easy miles in the morning. My legs were SO sore after Sunday/Monday so I kept my pace slow and just focused on getting some recovery miles in.  

Wednesday – 8.12 miles (speed)

I felt like it had been so long since a good racing team workout even though it had only been a couple weeks. This week was 10 minute “ons” at half marathon pace with three minute recovery jogs in-between. With warm up and cool down the workout was 8.12 miles. All of our “ons” were sub eight minute average. It was fun to catch up with my running buddies, even with the humidity! 

Thursday – Rest day

Took my planned rest day and enjoyed every minute of it. My legs were happy! 

Friday – 7.0 miles 

I “slept in” until 7:30, then went to the lake path for some pace miles. They were supposed to be at goal marathon pace, but I ran a little too fast (rest days really help me out). I did a two mile warm up and two mile cool down. Three pace miles were 7:37, 7:28, 7:24. So more like goal half marathon pace, but either way I was happy with the workout. It feels so good to run fast! 

Saturday – 2.5 miles + biking and abs 

Moved my long run to Sunday after attempting to get it done on the treadmill. Another stormy morning had me thinking the treadmill wouldn’t be so bad, but it was still too hot in the basement. I called it quits at 2.5 miles, biked for 10 minutes, then did some abs. 

Sunday – 12 miles

I took to the trails today. Twelve blissful, hilly miles to end this cut-back week of training. These hills were challenging and I didn’t take any breaks, but I enjoyed the entire run. Sometimes I really need a couple hours alone on the trail. I was so glad I pushed my run back and got to explore this morning. I really miss the trails after all this city running! 

Marathon training is time consuming. I plan my weeks around it. But I’m never happier than when I’m following a plan and challenging myself. No I don’t love 6:30 AM wake up calls on both of my weekend days. And no I don’t love having sore legs all the time. But I love the challenge. I love the long hours spent in the sun. I love having the time to think while doing what makes me feel the most alive. It makes me, me. 

Twelve weeks down, six to go. (Can you believe that?)

Week twelve total mileage: 38.87 miles

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