Chicago Marathon Training – Week 8

I had a lot to think about this week with regards to prioritizing how much of my mental and physical energy I need to put into marathon training.  I feel like the four hour completion time was an “all in” goal for me. It was achievable, but would require maximum effort.  And, if I’m really being honest, I’ve not been like Deadpool about marathon training. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been training hard, but I think I could be putting more into it.

I apologize in advance for the movie reference.  But I love me some Deadpool.

With regards to changing the goal, I just needed something a little less stressful and mentally manageable to strive for.  My tempo goal drops from 9:09 to low 9:40’s and my speed pace targets drop about 30 seconds as well.  Not only is this less physically demanding, but it’s less mentally stressful as well.  I’m still pushing myself, but just not as aggressively as I started out with.  I’m still going to be tired, but I’m less afraid of those SOS run pace targets and I think I need that reduction in stress to deal with some of the other life changes.

My new pace goals are as follow – I will post these on my revised plan as well this week:

  • Easy runs – anywhere from 10:15-11:30 pace
  • Speed work – 8:33-8:55 pace
  • Strength work – 9:34 pace
  • Tempo runs – 9:44 pace
  • Long run pace – 9:53-10:30 pace

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 now training for a 4:15 marathon this year, which is definitely still a challenging goal for me (my current PR time is 4:32:36.)


  • Planned: Easy miles 6 miles @10:15-11:30 pace
  • Actual: 6 miles @ 10:19 – tread miles and not fun ones.  I’m always SO tired on Mondays!!


  • Planned: Strength workout 6 x 800 @8:33-8:55 pace + 400 recovery w 1.5 mile wu/cd + gym strength training (30 minutes)
  • Actual:  6 x 800’s were at 8:41 – 8:49’s and I definitely cut short the cool down miles and then I made it to the gym with the trainer.  I hate speed work and I’m OH SO tired by Tuesday night, I kind of get mad at my trainer for just pushing regular workouts on me and drop the F-bomb more than I should.  Sorry, Will.


  • Planned:  Rest Day!!
  • Actual:  DUH…no one runs on rest days during marathon training.


  • Planned:  5 mile tempo run @ 9:44 w 1.5 mile wu/cd
  • Actual:  5 miles @ 10:10 – this was just one of those days that I didn’t have a tempo run in me.  I was tired and preoccupied with work – so I just got some non-easy-ish miles in.


  • Planned:  Easy miles 6 miles @10:15-11:30 pace
  • Actual:  8.1 miles @ 10:18 – I ran outside both in the morning and in the afternoon when I got to Oiselle Birdcamp and it was BLISS both times.  I forgot how much I love to run until I got outside.  Eff that treadmill!!


  • Planned:  Tempo/long run – 10 miles @ 9:44 – I decided to just try and combine my SOS runs this week and run my 10 mile long run at tempo pace-ish
  • Actual:  10 miles @ 9:42 – I had probably the best run of the training season.  It started out super-humid and hard, but I tried a few mental techniques to get me in the zone and I ended up with a final mile being my fastest one.  I’ll post about what I did because I was so inspired by the Oiselle elites I listened to on Friday and I want to pass that on.



  • Planned:  Easy miles 6 miles @10:15-11:30 pace
  • Actual:  4 miles @ 10:40 – ok so to be honest, I had more wine that I should have on Saturday, so my run on Sunday was cut short because I slept in to offset wine consumption.

Most training programs are hitting the halfway point – how is your training going and have you made any adjustments?

Miles for the Week:

  • Planned:  42.5
  • Actual:  39.3

Miles this Training Cycle:  217.09

  • Miles Week 7:             31.5
  • 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.

4 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training – Week 8

  1. I generally don’t make many adjustments to the plan, but I do often switch around long runs to accommodate other things, like if our group is running 16, I’ll switch so I’m running 16 as well. Wishing you well with managing training and life. It’s not always easy, but I hope that the past weekend gave you the same motivation high it gave me!

    1. It did! I’m struggling with work/training balance since things have gotten demanding at work now that I’m on notice and I know how bad it can be a switch around training…I’m just going to do the best I can.

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