Happy Sunday! I hope that everyone is having a great long weekend. It rained here all week but we’ve been blessed with sunshine this weekend 🙂
My AirBnb Brooklyn Half Marathon training may be over, but I’m now training for the Chicago Marathon! My coach and I opted for a 20 week training plan this time so that I could slowly introduce tempo runs and hill repeats. When I trained for the NYC Marathon last year, it was all about getting in the miles. This year I want to PR in Chicago, so training will be a little different. As long as my IT band cooperates, I think everything will be okay!
One week down, 19 more weeks to go!
45 minute walk. My legs, specifically my hamstrings, were very sore and tight so I opted to kick off marathon training with a walk.
2 mile run + 30 minutes of recovery Yoga. My hamstrings were still pretty tight so this run was slightly uncomfortable. I decided to do Yoga for Recovery from the Runner’s World Yoga for Runners DVD. It really helped! I followed up with some foam rolling and my hamstrings felt about 90% better.
55 minute Boot Camp class. The instructor focused a lot on legs – ouchie!
First tempo run in over a year! 3.5 miles total (2 miles easy, 0.5 mile tempo, 1 mile easy). This was a great way to slowly incorporate tempo runs back into my training. It’s all about baby steps!
Rest days are the best days!
First long run of this new training cycle and my first time doing hill repeats in a LONG time. 6 miles total with 3 hill repeats in the middle of the run. I was happy with this pace but the hill repeats were hard! Hopefully it gets easier with time.
I also tried out Vega Clean Energy. I believe this product has been out for a while, so it’s not necessarily new, but it’s new to me. I really liked it and I did feel that it gave me some energy, especially to help with the hill repeats. Also I didn’t have any GI issues. I think I’ll continue to use it before my runs.
I’ll be trying out different fueling products during this marathon training cycle. Nothing wrong with my go-to brands (Nuun and Honey Stinger), but I want to test out a few other products to see if they might work better for me.
On Saturday I also received my two grab bags from Pro Compression! Of course I already had most of these socks, lol. If you also ordered a grab bag and want to trade, just let me know!
60 minutes Spinning + 30 minutes recovery Yoga. While I loved my double workout Sundays, I won’t be able to do that during marathon training (it’s just too much). I’ll alternate each week between spinning and the weight training class. Adding in Yoga on Sundays is great to stretch everything out before another week of training!
Total Weekly Miles – 11.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 11.5
Grade – A+
Overall I think week 1 of training went very well. For some reason my quads and hamstrings were pretty beat up from the race. I used Sunday of last week and Monday to recover from the half marathon.
The tempo run and hill repeats went pretty well this week. I haven’t done any speed work in a long time because whenever I would try to run faster, my IT band would get cranky. So far, so good, but I’ll be on the look out for any issues with that. My knees were a little sore when I started my long run yesterday, but they didn’t hurt during the hill repeats so that’s a huge win in my book!
Totally unrelated, but there are two sales I wanted to mention before signing off.
Pro Compression is having a buy one, get one free sale this weekend. It ends tomorrow (details below)
Honey Stinger is offering 25% off all products until May 30.
Also, don’t forget to check out my charity fundraiser giveaway for Hope in Motion – Each $5 donation = 1 raffle ticket! Entries are low, so if you buy a ticket there’s a good chance you will win a prize!
Did you have a good week? Are you training for any Fall races?