Happy Sunday! Another week completed and another week closer to the Chicago Marathon 🙂 As we get closer to October 8th, I’m getting more and more excited to run this race! I also love seeing all the training pics on social media. It really feels like a majority of runners are doing the marathon this year.
Overall week 11 was pretty good – nothing too out of the ordinary. Let’s discuss this week’s workouts!
5 mile run. I couldn’t let the month end without running in my Ugly Christmas Sweater socks from Pro Compression (A little ‘Christmas in July’ vibe). I ended the month of July with 112 miles. My highest monthly mileage this year!
3 mile run + PT exercises (15 mins). I was in NYC for a SUPER busy day of work so by the time I got home I missed my body works + abs class 🙁 but I turned that frown upside down by running the Rock’n’Roll Virtual Run to earn my Pheidippides medal.
Stationary bike (30 mins) + PT exercises (15 mins).
6.5 tempo run. Although I didn’t hit my paces, the tempo miles were still faster than the easy miles, so I’ll take it. Running more by effort than time at point.
Later on that day I enjoyed a Watermelon smoothie in honor of National Watermelon Day (there is really a national “day” for just about everything). I LOVE watermelon and this smoothie hit the spot on a hot day!
A complete rest day!
Sometimes the weather just will not let you be great! Lots of rain and the possibility of thunderstorms all morning made me take this long run to the treadmill.
Spinning class (60 minutes) + PT exercises (15 mins). How cute are these workout pants from Old Navy? I absolutely love the color!
Total Weekly Miles – 28.5
Total Training Cycle Miles – 240.3
Grade – B+
I gave myself a B+ this week because I didn’t do any strength training 🙁 Granted I missed my body works + abs class and boot camp classes this week, but I have free weights at home so I have no excuse. I was just being lazy when it came to doing strength work, so that will be a focus for this upcoming week.
Now let’s discuss that 14 mile treadmill run. The funny thing is, I’ve done this before so I am no stranger to double digit treadmill runs. I just set myself up with my music and water and got to work. The first 10 miles were great but the last 4 were a bit of a struggle. Nevertheless I finished and it really wasn’t all that bad to be honest!
After I finished my run, I jumped off the treadmill to grab some ice cold water (much needed), did all of my stretching and then got mentally prepared for an ice bath. I have to say that the ice bath did me a lot of good. Even though my legs were sore after the bath, when I woke up this morning, I didn’t have any pain. While I still enjoy epsom salt baths, I think I’ll stick with the ice baths for any runs over 12 miles for the rest of my training cycle.
So that’s it in a nutshell. I hope that you had a great week!
Did you have a good week? How do you adjust workouts when the weather is crazy?