Chicago Marathon Training: Week Nine (38.89 miles)

Week nine was a stressful one in terms of balancing life with marathon training and trying to get everything done before I left the country on Friday. I had to make some shifts in my schedule and relax if I didn’t hit my miles exactly as planned. That’s okay. I’m proud of the work I did get done even if my sleep schedule suffered because of it. 

Here’s the week breakdown:

Monday – 5.20 miles + Yoga class

I snuck in 5.20 quick miles after work right before meeting my friends at True Food Kitchen for dinner. Then we went to Katy’s yoga class at Studio Three. I loved taking them to my studio and sharing the best kind of class with them. Such a fun girls night! 

Tuesday – 8.29 miles (speed work)

I work up early and did Carly’s speed work with her since I wanted to get it out of the way. I thought it made sense because I was pushing up my long run too. I met her in the zoo parking lot and we did 1 mile tempo, 0.75 reps x 4, with 2 minute rests in-between. With warm up and cool down it was 8.29 miles. Happy to have had a buddy and have it out of the way on Tuesday. 

Wednesday – 4.40 miles

Today was super hectic, but I convinced Kyle to join me for 4.40 miles in the drizzly rain after work. I love having his company for easy runs. 

Thursday – Hot Yoga class AM + Cyclebar class PM

Found some groundedness in Katy’s 6 AM hot yoga class despite my high stress levels. My to-do list for today was insane, but I knew fitting in exercise would help me mentally. So I made time. Yoga is an amazing way for me to start my day. I was at work later than usual since I was trying to wrap everything up before vacation, but I still made it to Cody’s 7:30 PM cycle class at Cyclebar. Kyle joined me and made the class a lot of fun. We left feeling energized, which was great since we both had all our packing left to do. 

Friday – 17 miles

I had to get my long run done super early on Friday before working a half day and then getting on my plane to Ireland at 3:30 PM. When I set my alarm for 4:50 AM when I got in bed after midnight on Thursday, I had my doubts. But I had supportive friends who were joining me and I knew I had to show up. We had to run the first few miles in the dark, but it was a chilly morning that felt like fall. I am so grateful I had complany to get me through this. My legs felt great. It was a strong run despite the lack of sleep. 17 miles at 8:09 average pace. I really didn’t think that pace would feel as comfortable as it did day of. Sometimes I surprise myself. And great long runs make me happy! 

Saturday – Rest day

This rest day was anything but restful. I flew to Ireland in the afternoon on Friday. I couldn’t fall asleep on the plane, but it was 6 AM in Ireland when we landed and we couldn’t check into our hotel until 3 PM which meant 29 straight hours of being awake!! This was really tough for me. Especially after the 4:50 AM wake up call and 17 miler the day before. I don’t exactly recommend this behavior, but it’s what I had to do to make everything work. Worth it!! And I still hit 20,000 steps on a rest day thanks to all our exploring. Going to be hiking and walking a lot the next couple weeks. 

Sunday – 4 miles trail running + hiking

Our entire day was spent outside enjoying the rainy day. I ran 4 miles along the cliffs of Ballycotton and hiked an extra 3 or 4 miles after. I LOVED being back on some trails. They were rocky, it was windy, I had to jump around a bit – and it made me so happy. Exploring new, beautiful places is so much fun. I’m grateful. This week is going to be a great one. 

I’m proud of how I handled this week. I made some changes, but I didn’t let it stress me out too much. I got in the miles I needed to. I had an awesome long run. And I set myself up for another week of success. This week will be tough because I’m traveling, but I’m determined to make it work. We will see how it goes. 

Week 9 – 38.89 miles 

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