“Whooah, we’re half way there
Livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it, I swear
Livin’ on a prayer”
Y’all…I’m halfway through training for the Chicago Marathon (cue the party music)! I can’t believe that training has gone by so quickly this time. This was a cutback week (thank you sweet little baby Jesus). My body needed a little break, that’s for sure. Mother Nature provided much cooler weather during the beginning on the week and that made me a very happy runner 🙂 Let’s see how the week panned out.
3.5 mile run + PT exercises (15 minutes). A really great run because of the beautiful weather!
2 mile run + PT exercises (15 minutes). I also saw the movie ‘Girls Trip’ after work and it was SOOO funny! I highly recommend it!
Boot camp class (60 minutes) + PT exercises (15 minutes). I modified a lot of the squat/lunge moves during class, but it felt good to be back.
5 mile “tempo” run + PT exercises (15 minutes). This run was funny because my “easy” miles were faster than my tempo miles, oh well! It was just one of those runs where you just have to laugh at yourself.
10 mile long run. I took the day off work so decided to get my long run out of the way before the weekend.
Rest Day! I planned on taking a body work + abs class in the morning, but sleep won and I’m okay with that.
Stationary bike (30 minutes) + PT exercises (15 minutes). I volunteered at a Back-To-School event in the morning so I missed my normal spinning class. The stationary bike was a great compromise – I might use it more often!
Total Weekly Miles – 20.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 211.8
Grade – A
Friday’s long run was brutal. Again, high humidity (98%) and I was sweating like crazy. For some reason my heart rate was going absolutely bananas during this run and I had to stop a lot to get my heart rate back down. It was very strange as that’s never happened before. It was probably just a mix of not getting enough sleep the night before mixed in with the crazy humidity. I also tried Generation UCAN on the run (tropical orange) and I was not a fan. It just had a weird taste to me. I don’t think I have any other new brands to try, so I’ll stick with Tailwind for the rest of the training cycle.
Can I just say how great it was to sleep in on a Saturday? I don’t think I’ve done that in months! IF felt good to get my long run done on Friday and I wish I could do that more often.
Back to higher mileage next week. I’m kind of dreading it, but I know it’s absolutely necessary!
Did you have a good week? How are you dealing with the hot and humid weather?