Marathon Training Category

Monthly Mileage: January 2014

Building mileage back up. Advertisements

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Monthly Mileage: December 2013

This was my monthly mileage for December, and first full month back to running post-stress fracture. * Somehow, I forgot to post this.

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What’s Next: 2014 Spring Season

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” Walter Elliot ~ After the Chicago Marathon, and while my stress fracture healed, I began to wonder: what’s next. With every marathon I’d run, I immediately had the next 26.2 lined up. Until Chicago. Not only did I not have […]

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Monthly Mileage: November 2013

That’s what recovery from a stress fracture looks like!

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Seventeen

Week seventeen’s runs were pretty darn good. Perhaps minus Wednesday’s easy run, as that workout never feels great, to me. That aside, the runs went smoothly and my legs feel more recovered. Taper’s progressing along quite nicely, and I’m not experiencing taper madness as much as I have previously. At the time of publication, less […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Sixteen

Week sixteen was my first full week of taper. Coach cut back on mileage but geared my workouts to keeping my legs sharp. Ran intervals for the first time on a track (I know, where have I been all this time?) and ran my long run to mimic race-day pacing strategy. All in all, pretty […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Fifteen

Week fifteen was my last intense set of workouts before beginning to taper. The week had three fantastic runs. Thrown in was one “easy” run that felt junky, with noticeable shin pain. It caused me to take an unscheduled rest day, which helped. Closed the week out with an amazing set of intervals and a […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Fourteen

Week fourteen was a funky training week. It was probably the most I’d fallen off schedule, so far. It kicked off with a fantastic long tempo run. After that, the weather reared its ugly head. High temperatures, crazy humidity, and a terrible storm all played their part in derailing my week. Real life got in […]

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Motivation: Real Life

Last night I tried to run my mile repeats in that horrible torrential onslaught of rain. I made it about 5.5 miles through when the bike path along the water was abandoned, and the lightning overhead was threatening enough to call it quits. Wasn’t happy about that internal debate, but I didn’t want to take […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Thirteen

Week thirteen was another higher mileage week. It also required more schedule manipulation than usual due to my personal schedule. Had to move runs to the AM, PM, and switched my interval day. Resulted in some seriously fatigued legs on Thursday. Thankfully a rest day got them ready to run long, which meant ending the […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Twelve

Week twelve capped off August training. This week’s running pushed me into the highest mileage month I’ve ever logged. I made it out of the city for a few days, to bid farewell to the summer in Fire Island. Was beautiful to see the beach blanketed by dark clouds (so moody, I love it). I […]

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Monthly Mileage: August 2013

That’s a PR in monthly mileage! Compared to July 2013: 150.39 miles.

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Eleven

Week eleven was challenging, in a good way. Paces are dropping, and I can feel myself comfortably pushing to meet them. The temperature crept back up mid-week, feeling more like August than it had before. That required some readjustment. Thankfully, the humidity and temperature dropped in time for my long run, which felt incredible. Amazing […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Ten

Week ten was great fun training while on vacation (finally) in Badlands National Park, SD (love)! Just check out the photos from my runs! Monday Run: Tempo. First training run in Badlands National Park, SD. Tempo run at 5:00 PM started off hot (but relatively dry), then a nice cloud cover came in. Thought the hardest […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Nine

Week nine was a bit hectic (eh) leading up to vacation (oh, hey!), but featured a lot of nice running (oh, yeah). Enjoying the higher mileage and more challenging paces. Monday Run: Tempo. This run! I had a dr appt late this afternoon, which required no eating before. After spending the whole day hungry and […]

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week Eight

Week eight was a weekly mileage record for me! In the past, I’ve trained using Run Less Run Faster. That plan promotes three running workouts/week. My mileage used to cap out around 38 miles/week at peak. Working with Coach Kevin, I’m now running five days/week. I ran nearly 44 miles during week eight. Love the […]

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Monthly Mileage: July 2013

Ramping up the marathon training mileage. Compared to June 2013: 92.75 miles.

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