Happy Sunday! By this time next week I will be done with the Chicago Marathon and have a shiny new PR (hopefully)! Not much to report this week – just some shorter runs and strength training. I have been doing more stretching and foam rolling since I have some extra time on my hands. I’m one of those runners that really enjoys the taper so no “taper crazies” going on over here! Here’s how my week panned out.
I arrived back home from Montreal in the afternoon. After I unpacked I hit the treadmill for a 4 mile run since it was hot as hell outside. I also did my PT exercises.
Dusted off my Yoga dvd for some recovery yoga + my PT exercises. I also received my Chicago Marathon participant guide and Ventra card. I ordered the special edition Ventra card because it looked so fly 🙂 I had to buy one any way to get around the city on the buses and trains, so might as well get the special edition version!
2 mile run + boot camp class (55 minutes). We did a lot of circuits in boot camp which made the time go by really quickly.
Last tempo run – 2 miles easy / 1 mile pick up / 1 mile easy for a total of 4 miles + PT exercises. I needed a little ratchet music to get me through those miles in the morning!
REST DAY! I did some extra foam rolling and stretching that evening.
This was a great last long run for my training cycle. The weather was perfect and the run felt effortless. Good confidence booster after my horrible long runs the past two weekends! I also did my PT exercises when I got home.
Spinning (60 minutes). So happy to be back to my spinning class this week. I’ve missed it the last two weeks due to travel.
Total Weekly Miles – 18
Total Training Cycle Miles – 476.87
Grade – A
This week was really good for me. Besides the weather and summer just not wanting to leave earlier in the week, my runs were good. I’m also happy to share that I’ve been selected to be an ambassador for the 2018 Cleveland Marathon! I’m really looking forward to spending the word about the race and getting to know the other ambassadors. I’ll also have a giveaway for a free race entry at some point next year!
I’m happy that my run on Saturday went really well. I know the weather had a lot to do with it (52 degrees). I also tried out the Orange Mud HydraQuiver Single Barrel. I was worried that it would be really bouncy but it wasn’t at all! I actually forgot that I even had it on. I’ll definitely be using this for the marathon. I have always run with a handheld water bottle, but my small one doesn’t hold a lot of liquid, so it’s not ideal for a marathon. I have a larger one, but it feels so heavy when I use it sometimes. I think the HydraQuiver is a good fit for me for long distance runs.
Yesterday I also added up my miles for September and the magic number was 134!
I’m happy with my miles last month. I definitely had some crappy runs, but some good quality runs too. All those hard runs are going to make me stronger come race day, right?!
Do you have any last week of training rituals? If you have run it before, any advice to give me for the Chicago Marathon?