Chicago Marathon Training – Week 9

This week I came to terms with the fact that marathon training just isn’t the most important thing to me right now.  It’s not because I’m weak, or because I can’t rise to the challenge of a hard goal – but I just have to pick my battles, and right now, the new job and transitioning to that change is simply more of a priority.  I’m struggling with the workout schedule and since I’m at the halfway point of training, I feel I need to make a command decision on what I need to commit to doing.   Either I’m in for 4:15 or maybe I just train to get a PR. No matter what, I do need to do better than I did last year.

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 5 miles @10:15-11:30 pace
  • Actual: 3.1 miles @ 11:01 – tread miles and not fun ones.  I barely had these miles in me…I was just TIRED.  This is why I need to think about my goals – because I simply found it impossible to bully myself into 2 more miles.  I could have.  But I just didn’t have the motivation to.


  • Planned: Strength workout 5 x 1K @8:33-8:55 pace + 400 recovery w 1.5 mile wu/cd + gym strength training (30 minutes)
  • Actual:  5 x 1K’s were at 8:41 – 8:49’s but once again, I cut my cool down miles short.  I’m just so happy to be done.  I can’t be the only one who feels that way.


  • Planned:  Rest Day!!
  • Actual:  Rest day is the bestest day!!!


  • Planned:  8 mile tempo run @ 9:44 w 1.5 mile wu/cd
  • Actual:  5.5 miles @ 10:57 – I didn’t get up in time to knock out the tempo run and ended up doing easy mileage on the tread instead.


  • Planned:  Easy miles 5 miles @10:15-11:30 pace
  • Actual:  5.5 miles @ 10:47 – I had reset my schedule for the week and was planning on long run and tempo runs on Sat/Sun.


  • Planned:  Long run – 15 miles @ 9:53-10:30
  • Actual:  15 miles @ 10:33 –  Ok, so I broke my long standing rule of never eating red meat before a long run and I paid the price.  I wasn’t able to have my normal bathroom routine prior to the run and I just felt super sluggish and had constant poop-paranoia.  I definitely channeled my inner monologue to get it done.


  • Planned:  Tempo run – 8 miles @ 9:40 + 1 mile wu/cd
  • Actual:  AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – That’s why my legs said when I got up on Sunday.  They were so sore and so tired and I don’t know what I was thinking that I could do two SOS run in row.  I just pushed myself out of bed and got 7 recovery miles in @ 10:31.  And I’m ok with that.

Not a great week, but not a terrible week.  In the end of the day, I still feel I’m on track to get a PR.  And that ultimately is my minimum goal.

Miles for the Week:

  • Planned:  47
  • Actual:  43.7

Miles this Training Cycle:  260.79

  • Miles Week 8:             39.3
  • 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.

11 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training – Week 9

  1. You had an awesome week of training! I’m so impressed by anyone that uses the Hanson Method because it’s so much running – major kudos to you!

    Sometimes I think we as runners can forget about how hard and time consuming marathon training can be! I can definitely relate to what you said about the job taking precedence over marathon training right now.

  2. Great job this week! I applaud anyone using the Hanson’s method because I’m not sure if I could run that many days in a week. I like to mix it up with cross training.
    Between transitioning in to a new job at the beginning of the summer and getting my blog launched, I also had a choice to make with how much effort I put in to my summer training. And let me tell you sleep won. It is mentally exhausting to learn something new and make the change in your career. Maybe this isn’t the time for a 4:15 marathon but you can surely PR! Good luck with the last half of your training!

    1. Thank you…and it’s good to hear that I’m not the only one who sees a struggle with my priorities. Now I know I’m not being a baby! 😊

  3. I feel like halfway through training is when things start to get tough commitment-wise. The excitement of a new cycle has burned off, and all we’re left with is the work we have to do to train on top of our life commitments. Your “Actual” on Sunday made me laugh. It’s important to keep a balance when training and you are clearly on track for a PR. Hang in there, 9 more weeks to go!

  4. Let me just say (especially because I pushed you a bit on your decision to change your time goals) that I in no way think that making changes that better suit what you currently have going on in your life makes you a baby or weak. NOT AT ALL. I think that none of us are getting paid to do this, and we all have to make all of the various balls we juggle work. I do maintain my point that changing your pace won’t be that much better, exhaustion wise because the plan is still the plan. I think though that having a more conservative goal will help you mentally and the effects of that are so far reaching that I think it could definitely be a game changer in your training cycle. Knowing you well, I think that having your head in the game is critical for you to race well and this change seems to align with what your brain wants so I agree that there is no point in fighting it. The reality is you will probably have a HUGE PR in Chicago just because your fitness level is going to be higher than last year. I can’t wait to see you go kick ass in CHI and only wish I could be there to watch in person! xx

  5. Great job in getting in with what you can…I’ve been with my current employer for 15 years and my current role for 8 years. No way would I be able to keep up the intensity of my training if I had a new job.

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