Chicago Marathon Training: Week Thirteen (50.52 miles) 

Week thirteen was peak week for me. The highest weekly mileage I’ve ever run, plus tough cross training workouts. My legs are dead, but I can’t wipe the smile off my face. Working hard for something truly makes me a happier person. 

Here’s a week thirteen breakdown:

Monday – 5 miles + Flywheel PM

Couldn’t wake myself up in time to run early in the morning, so I ran right before my Flywheel class. Five relaxed miles with 15 minutes to spare before class. And then I hit a new Flywheel PR with a power score of 285 (much higher than I’ve ever hit). I think running right before actually loosened up my legs and I felt great! 

Tuesday – 3 AM miles + Torch class (5 miles total) 

Got in 3 easy, rainy miles in the morning. Then had a Torch class at Studio Three in the evening. An hour of running, rowing, and strength intervals is tough, but I felt strong. I love this type of workout. And I covered 2 miles during my treadmill intervals which brought me to 5 miles for the day. 

Wednesday – 8.32 miles (speed)

This weeks team speed workout was 600 meter repeats. 10 reps with a 200 meter recovery jog in-between. It was finally a little cooler out, which I think helped us hit our paces. 

2.24 mile warm up 

600m x 10 – 2:21, 2:33, 2:35, 2:38, 2:34, 2:37, 2:34, 2:34, 2:29, 2:27

1.10 mile cool down 

All reps faster than 6:58 average? After a two double workout days? I’ll take it. I was pretty proud of this workout. These speed nights are one of my favorite things about training. 

Thursday – Rest day

Much needed planned rest day after three hard days! 

Friday – 10.05 miles 

I accidentally turned my alarm off in the morning, but I got off work at noon for the holiday weekend, so I had time for an afternoon run! Got in my 10.05 miles at 8:37 average. It was a beautiful day and I truly enjoyed every step. It’s so nice to have ten miles feel so “easy.” 

Saturday – 2.15 miles

Having a 20 mile race on Sunday meant I just did 2.15 shakeout miles with Kyle this morning. Ran at an 8:30 pace and ended the run at our favorite coffee place. Perfect way to start the day! And my legs felt good. 

Sunday – 20 miles! 

Jen and I went to Milwaukee for the weekend for the Lake Michigan Marathon. They offered a 20 Mile Training Run as well as a full, a half, and a 50K. The 20 miler was only $20. No medal, but we did get a shirt! This trail race had some of the most technical trails I’ve ever run. Miles 5-9 were on single lane trails, including stone stair cases and some hopping maneuvers. I was with a pack of fast men, so I felt a littl anxious and got nervous the whole rest of the race was going to be like that, but it wasn’t. It opened back up again and included some pavement. It was hilly and beautiful. I honestly felt strong the whole time. Even felt like I could have gone the full distance today. I’m so glad we decided to do this race. 20 trail miles at 8:54 average pace. If I can do this race at that pace, I think Chicago will feel like a breeze (let’s hope). But I had a great time. 

I can’t believe peak week went by so quickly. 50 miles in a week?! I didn’t know I had it in me. But I feel good. Sure, my legs are really heavy right now and I’m not looking forward to walking up and down stairs tomorrow, but I’m happy. This is the best training cycle I’ve ever had and I’m getting more and more excited for race day with each passing week. 

Thirteen weeks down, five to go.

Week thirteen total mileage: 50.52  miles

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