Chicago Marathon Training Recap – Week 2

During Week 2 I decided to revisit my training plan.  No, it wasn’t at 4:30 AM in the morning when my alarm was going off for a run that it occurred to me that I should rethink this 4:00 marathon time I’m training for.  I’ve set some challenging and attainable goals for myself this season, but I also set a very aggressive ramp up for the first five weeks.  I had 6 days a week starting in week 2, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t considered both the physical and mental benefits of easing back into full-blown training.  Plus, I’m already shooting for a significant time improvement, maybe I shouldn’t try to add on extra mileage above the standard plan early on.  I’m currently above the mileage for week 2, so I reset my goal to just maintain 20 miles until the plan catches up to me and then to just keep with slightly over the expected plan mileage for the duration (just by @ 2 miles/week.)

This is my weekly marathon training recap.  I’m using the Hansons Marathon Method to train for the Chicago Marathon in October.  This is my 4th marathon and second time using the Hanson’s training to prepare.  I’m training for a 4:00 marathon this year, which is definitely a challenging goal for me (my current PR time is 4:32:36.)


  • Planned:  No mileage; strength training.
  • Actual:
    • Strength:  I’ve been doing these monthly challenges with some of the peeps in my running group and June is the burpee challenge.  I’m up to 16 burpees – 10 in a row, then a quick minute rest and the remaining six.  Burpees suck but I am improving.


  • Planned:  3 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00; strength training
  • Actual:
    • Mileage:  3 boring tread-miles @ 10:00 – but there’s a heatwave going on and I just decided to add to my gym time today versus going out and melting
    • Strength:  Hour workout with my trainer.  I’ve got love/hate relationship going on with him right now.  He really, really pushes me and I hate him for it during those workouts.  But, I also firmly believe that my weight-training and cross-training I do with him has helped my running achievements.  That’s why I get over it and keep going back.


  • Planned: No mileage; strength training.
  • Actual:
    • More friggin’ burpees – 18 in total.    Sadly, I feel more wiped after 18 burpees in 2 minutes than running a mile in less than 10 minutes.  Go figure.


  • Planned: 3 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00; strength training
  • Actual:
    • Mileage:  3.2 miles @10:08 – more boring treadmiles.   Ugh.
    • Strength:  Started off the day with 20 burpees – a 10/10 split with about a minute in between.  Still waiting to love them.  I had an hour in the gym with the trainer in the afternoon.  Really hard workout that included 50 leaps IN A ROW.  That was a hate moment.


  • Planned:  4 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00, strength work
  • Actual:
    • Mileage:  4.3 miles @ 10:14 – finally ran outside in the morning and it was AWESOME after being on the treadmill all week.  I felt a little sluggish – it was still humid and my body is still acclimating.
    • Strength: 22 burpees and ab/core work.


  • Planned:  3 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00; strength training.
  • Actual:
    • Mileage:  3 miles @ 8:59 – Normally I have running group on Saturdays, but today I was manning a water stop for the group since we are over 10 miles.  So, my ass got up and out by 4:20 AM for some miles.  Apparently, I run pretty fast before 5:00 AM.  Even in some serious humidity.  It was totally worth it, for this:

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  • Strength:  24 burpees + abs/core work.


  • Planned:  7 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00; strength training.
  • Actual:
    • Mileage:  5.53 miles @ 10:28 + 1 miles @ 9:51 – I was a little ahead in mileage for the week, so I didn’t quite need seven miles, and I was frankly a little tired…despite the fact I’d gone to bed early.  It was humid and I struggled – I just really have problems with heat and it takes me a while to remember how to deal with it.  I got really frustrated and decided I was going to cut the run short, but was then able to talk myself into finishing that last mile.  Not my finest run – but pushing myself to meet my weekly mileage goal is still a win.


  • Strength:  26 burpees + abs/core work.  I’m up to being able to do 14 burpees in a row.  They still are wiping me out, though!!

Weekly mileage goal was 20 – no change from last week and that’s what I ran.

Miles this training cycle:  40 – as planned

Here’s the new training plan, which will be posting on it’s own page as well.  Now I can’t change it anymore.   Have you ever realized your plan needed a change?  Was it early on or later in the cycle.  I’m pretty confident I realized the needed changes as just the right time.








Running for Medals. And Bacon.

7 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training Recap – Week 2

  1. I agree w/not trying to rush the work in the plan. It’ll come soon enough and then you’ll miss the easy days! I am planning on enjoying my last easy week! Thanks for the water stop!

  2. I’m also training for the Chicago Marathon! Great job on your runs this week, especially the early morning mileage! The weather this week, especially this weekend was brutal (holy humidity)!

  3. Good idea to ease into things. Plans like Hansons are very demanding so you’ll help avoid burning out by taking your time to get to those higher mileage weeks. I can relate to it feeling like much of nothing in the beginning, but by the time those big weeks roll around, I am always missing those shorter runs!

  4. I worked out with a trainer for a few months early last year, and I miss it for the reasons that you love/hate it! I’m struggling to get used to this heat and humidity too.

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