Chicago Marathon Training Week 2: 8/18-8/24

After coming off a very tough week, I was faced with another mountain of miles to tackle this week.

Swimming and biking have taken a back seat to marathon training, which scares me. I don’t want to lose all the process I’ve gained over the past year, but I need to focus on running if I am going to get through 26.2 miles October 12th.


Recovery swim. During lunch I swam an easy 2,500 yards – 40 minutes. 500 swim, 500 pull, 500 pull with paddles, 500 pull, 500 swim. It felt great to loosen up and get the blood flowing after the prior day’s 17 miles. Swimming will be my go to cross training exercise, it really makes me feel 10 times better. I was still feeling achy in my knees and hips. (I feel like an old man typing that out!)


5 miles on the treadmill at a moderate pace. Not too bad.


1 hour Power Yoga class. I skipped out on an 8 mile run to get extra recovery/sleep – good decision.


Super early 5 mile run (started at 4:40AM). About a half mile in it started to rain/storm. It wasn’t down pouring so the rain felt good, but I have to admit I was kind of scared being out in the storm and complete darkness. It didn’t help that a skunk almost sprayed me and I jumped about a mile!


Rest day. With 26 miles ahead of me this rest day was crucial.


It has been humid, muggy, and nasty here. By the end of my 8 mile run I was drenched in sweat. It was a good run though, the same time as last week even with the humidity.

Later in the day I swam around a bit at a friends birthday party. I was actually treading water for a good portion of time. That counts as recovery right?


Long run, 18 miles. New long run record! Woo! I was able to keep an even pace throughout. I made a few more water break stops to stay hydrated as I was sweating a lot more than I normally do. It was brutal out there, but I got it done.



More swimming and relaxing to round out the weekend.

 Total Mileage: 36

Running is slowing becoming more enjoyable. It really is all about consistency and pacing. When I started running I just tried to run faster each time. This is not realistic and its really silly. I should know better…when I swim I have different sets and they all are paced differently with a warm-up and cool-down.

This upcoming week is a drop in mileage. My long run will only be 13 miles…yeah only.

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