Chicago Marathon Training Recap – Week 5

Where the hell did June go?  I think it may have melted in the last heat wave. This summer has been kind of brutal….I’ve been logging some serious treadmiles because I’m a pretty big baby when it comes to humidity.  On the upside, I’ve been able to start watching that new Netflix series Glow, which has been quite enjoyable.  Eighties music and references, female wrestling – that all works for me and it does make the miles go by easier.

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:  Rest Day
  • Actual:  Rest Day!  This is my last 5 day running week, so you bet your ass I’m taking my last Monday off.


  • Planned:  4 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00
  • Actual:  Switched to a rest day.  This is the last week I can easily switch running days.  It was a holiday, I didn’t have to work so I decided to swap with Wednesday.


  • Planned:  Rest Day + Strength workout in the gym
  • Actual:  4 miles @ 10:27 on the treadmill before I hit the gym with my trainer for an hour for strength work.  Today was also the day I started adopting a diet based on the Primal Blueprint – which I’ll get into more detail in a blog post later this week, but basically the big change is reducing carbohydrates and getting my body used to burning fat (instead) for energy.


  • Planned – 3 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00
  • Actual – 3 miles @ 10:01 – I don’t know if it was the carb drop over the last two days (I’m eating between 50 – 100 grams per day – mostly from vegetables and sweet potato – not from fruit or natural sugars) but I was seriously dragging when I got home for my run.  I popped a few dried strawberries and grabbed my Oiselle singlet to get it done.  I think both helped.


  • Planned:  5 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00
  • Actual:  5 miles @ 9:59 and core work.  I’d been on the treadmill every day this week and it was getting old.  I broke up this run with plank sets (run 3 miles, plank for 2 minutes…run for a mile, plan for a minute….) You think my brain would start to catch on to this trick of mine but it totally works.


  • Planned:  10 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00
  • Actual:  AM 5 miles @ 10:27 + PM 2 miles @ 10:03 – I decided to try a new pre-long run breakfast of avocado and egg for the 10 mile run.  This is the whole eschewing of so many carbs for energy, but it didn’t turn out so well.  I was with my running group and things started out ok for the first mile or so, but right after we hit two I started to struggle.  My legs felt so heavy and my belly started to not feel right.  I pushed on for a few more miles, but my stomach kept knotting and I threw in the towel at 5 miles and took an Uber home.  While I have been known to skip a run or two, I have never, ever took a cab home from a run and I’ve never abandoned running group.  I was pretty upset but I knew it was the right decision.  I got in a few miles that evening before dinner – just so the day wasn’t a total offset of mileage.


  • Planned:  5 miles @ 10:15 – 11:00
  • Actual:  8 miles @ 10:06 – I redeemed myself on Sunday.  I returned to my normal pre-run eats of a half a Lara Bar.  All I had were those egg-avocado snacks I’d made on Friday.  I wasn’t going to do that to myself twice and I didn’t have time to regroup on an alternative meal.  I’ll try some other stuff next week, but I wanted a good run to close out the week.  I ran two miles solo and then 6 miles with Courtney.  It was a good run – definitely was tired and ready to stop by the end but nowhere near the struggle of the previous day’s run.

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All in all, I’m pleased with this week.  It wasn’t perfect, but I ended up meeting my target mileage.  This is the last easy mileage week – next week this sh*t starts getting real with speedwork and tempo runs.

What do you do to shake off a bad run?  We all have them…I know they stick with me for longer than they should.

Miles for the Week:

  • Planned:  27
  • Actual:  27

Miles this Training Cycle:  105.09


  • Miles Week 4:             22.01
  • Miles Week 3:             16.0
  • Miles Week 2:             20.6
  • Miles Week 1:             20.2

Running for Medals. And Bacon.

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