Chicago Marathon Training: Week Four, Five, Six, & Seven ( 136.54 miles)

Marathon training is going so much better than I expected. I’ve been so wrapped up in it that I’ve forgotten to blog with my weekly training recaps, so here’s a little catch up of the last four weeks!

Week Four:

Monday 6/26 – 5.03 miles + Cyclebar Class + 1.25 miles

45 minutes easy in the morning. 5.03 miles at 8:58 average pace. I was taking my first Cyclebar class in the evening so I decided to run over to Fulton Market as my commute. 1.25 more miles run and then a 50 minute ride at Cyclebar. This was my first time at the studio and I loved it!! Can’t wait to try out more classes and other instructors.

Tuesday 6/27 – 7.50 miles (speed work)

I met up with Carly to do her speed work with her. It was seven 800 meter repeats with 2 minute rests in-between. With warm up and cool down it ended up being 7.50 miles. I was happy to have the speed work done early in the week and felt strong throughout all the reps.

Wednesday 6/28 – 5.45 miles

Easy 50 minutes in the morning at 9:10 average pace. Not all runs are spectacular or eventful, but these average days with average miles all add up to strong races. Logging the miles matter!

Thursday 6/29 – Hot Yoga

Evening Hot Yoga Flow at Studio Three with Carly and Cara. I’m falling more in love with yoga every single time I go. My body is craving it and I’m constantly surprised by it, but I like it.

Friday 6/30 – 5.05 miles

Easy 45 minute run. More miles in the bank! I’m liking these timed runs so I don’t have to focus on hitting a certain distance.

Saturday 7/1 – 11.05 miles

I was in the suburbs for the holiday weekend, so this long run was done alone. I averaged an 8:33 pace for 11.05 miles, explored some different neighborhoods and enjoyed the alone time. The change of scenery and hilly route was good for the soul.

Sunday 7/2 – Rest day

Planned rest day, so rest I did!

Week four – 35.33 miles


Week Five:

Monday 7/3 – 5 miles

Five easy miles with Kyle after work. I wasn’t motivated to run today, but Kyle told me he’d go with me so that I got out. I’m always grateful for his support, but especially when it makes me better. Our runs together are always fun.

Tuesday 7/4 – 4 miles + Hot Yoga + Cycle class

An extra day off meant a chance for some extra workout classes. I started with Katy’s hot yoga flow then took Sayre and Andrea’s cycling class. It was so nice to have the extra time in the studio. I finished my workout with 4 easy miles since I wanted to run too. It was a little much, but I felt good!

Wednesday 7/5 – Hot Yoga at Corepower + 8.74 miles (speed work)

Took an AM hot yoga class at Corepower Yoga and then joined the group for a speed workout in the evening. 30 minute progression run with splits of 7:46, 7:44, 7:32, 7:19, and 2:26 for the last 0.35 miles. With warm up and cool down we totaled 8.74 miles at 8:12 average. I loved this workout!

Thursday 7/6 – Rest day – Graduated physical therapy!

I had my last day of physical therapy!! Made it a rest day besides that appointment because I had a busy day, but I did a lot of hip and ankle strengthening.

Friday 7/7 – 12 miles

Long run Friday this week before a trip. Megan met up with me to get the 12 miles in before work and I’m so so grateful. I needed the buddy as extra motivation to get out and get it done. It was a hot morning, but we kept an under 9 minute pace and logged the miles. A lot of summer runs are truly just about getting the miles in.

Saturday 7/8 – Rest day

I made Saturday my rest day since I was traveling to D.C. and got my long run done the day before. Sometimes you just have to swap around your training schedule to make everything else in your life work.

Sunday 7/9 – 4 miles

Kyle and I wanted to go out and explore D.C. on foot so we went on a relaxed run and stopped at several monuments along the way. We ended with 4 miles, lots of sweat, and big smiles. I love exploring with him.

Week five – 33.74 miles


Week Six:

Monday 7/10 – Yoga class + 5 miles

I was in D.C. for work this week, so I ventured out of my comfort zone and took a yoga class at Epic Yoga D.C. by myself. I loved it! It felt great to start my day with yoga. Then I went out to get in 5 easy miles before I had to be at the conference.

Tuesday 7/11 – 6.64 miles

D.C. is HOT. I struggled with all of my runs here. I had 60 minutes on the plan for today and I didn’t end up getting outside until after 7 PM when it was still 95 degrees. I kept my pace easy and tried to just get the miles in. It didn’t feel easy that’s for sure.

Wednesday 7/12 – 4.50 miles (speed work)

This speed workout was a failure, but at least I tried. I was supposed to do 4-6 800 meter reps and I only ran 2. It was brutally hot and I felt dehydrated and dizzy, so I didn’t push it. With a warm up and easy couple miles after the reps I totaled 4.50 miles. Some miles are always better than no miles!

Thursday 7/13 – Rest day

Rest day travel day to finally get back to Chicago after my cancelled flight the day before. I was tired and very ready to be home and back on my normal schedule.

Friday 7/14 – 5.80 miles

I was really wiped out after my trip, but I still managed to get up for my easy 50 minutes of running before work. 5.80 miles in total. 8:38 average. It was hard to slow down because Chicago almost felt chilly compared to D.C. and it felt so great to be home.

Saturday 7/15 – 1.23 shakeout miles

After the race expo I ran 1.23 easy miles with Kyle to go get breakfast. Just used it as a form of transportation and a quick way to shake out my legs. Always happy when he suggests going on a run together.

Sunday 7/16 – Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon 13.1 miles (1:36:31 – new PR!) + Yoga Flow 75

A new half marathon PR?? I was shocked. I didn’t go into this thinking I’d have such a fight in me, but luckily I had Jenny next to me the whole time and we realized we were capable of a better race than we thought. Finished with a time of 1:36:31. 7:22 average pace. A full 2+ minutes shaved off from my previous PR. I was so happy. This race deserves a full race recap, so that’s coming soon. And I ended my Sunday at Katy’s 75 minute yoga flow because what better way to end my weekend?

Week six – 36.27 miles


Week Seven:

Monday 7/17 – 4 miles

I needed some recovery miles after the half marathon on Sunday so I went out for four easy. My pace was actually faster than intended, but it felt easy. I ended my run right at Mobile Health and Wellness for an hour of massage and cupping. Recovery is so so important and I felt amazing after my session.

Tuesday 7/19 – Hot Power Yoga + Torch (2.75 miles)

A double day at Studio Three! 6 AM Hot Power Yoga to start the day and a quick Torch 45 interval class at lunch time. It’s really hard for me to squeeze in a lunch break workout, but I made it work. I ran the half mile from my office to the studio, took class, then ran back with my free sweetgreen salad in my hand. Not a bad break in the day! Totaled 2.75 miles with the treadmill intervals in class.

Wednesday 7/20 – 8.25 miles (speed workout)

Fartlek speed workout this Wednesday. The workout itself was very random, but that made it fun. The longest ‘on’ rep was 6 minutes and the shortest was 1 minute. The ‘on’ reps totaled 15 minutes with equal recovery jogs after each one. With warm up and cool down we ended up with 8.25 miles.

Thursday 7/21 – Hot Power Yoga + Cycling

I started my cross training day with Katy’s 6 AM Hot Power Yoga and then took Dani’s cycling class on my lunch break. My favorite ways to cross train!

Friday 7/22 – Rest day

I switched up my schedule a bit and took my rest day on Friday so that I could get my long run in and the BTN 10K over the weekend. I knew I needed a rest day!

Saturday 7/23 – 10 miles

The group run got cancelled due to thunderstorms, so I ran my 10 miles solo. It was kind of nice to just zone out and cruise. I averaged an 8:22 pace and focused on a fast finish. I enjoyed the solitude and my legs felt really good.

Sunday 7/24 – BTN 10K + Yoga Flow 75

Decided to just treat this 6.2 mile race as a training run. It was super hot/humid and I wasn’t feeling very well. I stuck with Carly and we crossed the finish line in just under an hour. Still a fun race and I’m glad I did it! Then took Katy’s evening yoga flow at Studio Three which made me feel ten times better.

Week seven – 31.20 miles 


This training cycle is flying by, but in a good way. I actually think marathon training in the summer is much more difficult than in the winter. I’m kind of missing my chilly runs, but I know I miss the heat the second it leaves, so I’m not complaining. These tough, humid runs make us stronger.

I’m just so thrilled to be training again without injury. I don’t take a single day for granted. And I’m proud of my half marathon PR in the middle of marathon training with only six weeks back at it. I didn’t know I had it in me, but I’m serious about this comeback!

Bring on week eight! 76 days out.

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