Chicago Marathon Training – Week 7

I have delayed this post because the last week or so has been super stressful.  I knew I was expecting a huge life change for me and I had to factor in the impact to training. Marathon training is very demanding and I’ve needed to make some life decisions as to where that falls on the priority list.  Now that it’s become official, I can speak my mind.

I’ve been actively seeking new employment for the last 6 months, and over the last few weeks, it became quite real.  I couldn’t post about it until things have finalized, but it’s a major life change that’s been consuming attention and stress through the last month with interviewing and playing the waiting game.  Over the last week, the new offer and the changes to my life came into a reality, which has had some impact to my training and marathon goals.  And I’ll get into that over the next few blogs.

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:  4 easy miles @ 10:15 – 11:00
  • Actual:  4 miles @ 10:39 – this was day 7 of running for me since I mixed up the rest days last week and I was TIRED.  But, I pushed myself back to the schedule.  It’s just going to get harder from this point on.


  • Planned:  Speedwork – 8 x 600 @ 8:03 – 8:24 with 400 recovery (plus 2 – 3 warm-up/cool down miles)
  • Actual:  8 x 600 @ 8:13 and 8:19 for a total of 6,1 miles on the treadmill.  I am not going to lie, this workout sucked.  The pace is still a real challenge – I realized halfway through the workout that I was running at 8:13 and I didn’t need to and I slowed things down to 8:19.  My recovery intervals were in the low 11’s because they needed to be – and I had to walk the last one.  I really, really wanted to find a reason to stop but I mentally bullied myself through it.  But for the record – hate speed workouts.


  • Planned:  Rest day!!
  • Actual:  Rest day is the best day – I’ve been saying that one since I started my blog and that is truth!


  • Planned – 5 mile tempo run + gym workout
  • Actual – 3 miles @ 10:00 on the treadmill + an hour at the gym.  This was a total fail on my part.  My dog is still on three legs and had to go see a surgeon and I messed up the days.  I decided to recast my schedule for a Sunday tempo run.


  • Planned – 6 mile easy at 10:15-11:00
  • Actual – 6 miles @ 10:19 – this was the day I got my verbal offer on the new job.  It was a great offer and I am feeling some serious pressure to bring my A++ game in this new role.  This is distracting from my marathon goals because I know from the last two years what happens to me during marathon training.  Runner brain and complete physical exhaustion.  The role that provides for my livelihood is ultimately the highest priority.  Maybe…just maybe – I need to reduce the marathon goal pressure.  We shall see.   I picked an aggressive goal to begin with – I need a week or so to really think about what to do objectively.


  • Planned – 10 miles @ 9:53 – long run
  • Actual – 10 miles @ 10:41 – long run with the running group was hot and gross.  I literally could wring out my shorts with sweat when I got home.  My dedication to the treadmill was evident – my legs felt fine but I starting seeing spots and feeling woozy in my the last 4 miles.  Thankfully, I had friends to run me through it.  Humbling and aggravating, but lesson learned.  I need to stop being such a baby about the heat and get out more than once a week.

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  • Planned – 5 mile tempo run (plus 3 miles wu/cd)
  • Actual – 2.4 miles @ 10:25 – I started the run and then the pain in my ankle flared up immediately.  It’s so hard to know when you should push through the pain or when you should stop and I ended up stopping.  It was half because I wasn’t sure what was up with my ankle, but mostly because I’ve been questioning my marathon goals since my life-changing event on Friday.

What this comes down to, is what I want to accomplish over the next six months.  I have a new job that I want to start on the right foot and bring my A++ game. I have a 33 minute marathon PR goal that is going to take some serious effort and time commitment; and then I just have the general life management – which should not be discounted..just considered.

Haven’t made any decisions yet – but I’ve got a lot to think about.

I can’t be the only one out there with life commitments and stressors.  How do you prioritize and/or determine goals?

Miles for the Week:

  • Planned:  40
  • Actual:  31.5

Miles this Training Cycle:  177.79

  • Miles Week 6:             41.2
  • Miles Week 5:             27.0
  • 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.

One thought on “Chicago Marathon Training – Week 7

  1. I lay out my goals, just as you have–then I look at my whole life and try to eliminate anything superfluous that’s not serving me–anything that’s sucking my energy but not putting anything back in my life.
    I always believe the adage that the universe won’t give me more than I can handle generally–that it doesn’t persist a desire in my heart if it’s not something I should pursue. Of course if that desire does not persist, and I’m just continuing to go for something and only being driven by my ego or something else that’s not really true, then I feel like I need to reexamine the goal. Good luck with everything! Sounds like a lot of exciting things happening in your life at once!

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