I’m done with Week 11 of marathon training! Before I get into my update for this week though, I wanted to mention that I started a new book that I’m really liking so far. The book is “Run or Die” by Kilian Jornet.
If you haven’t heard of Kilian, he’s an amazing 25 year old Spanish ultrarunner, ski mountaineer, and mountain biker. He was raised in the Pyrenees and I’ve learned from this book that he apparently completed an ascent of that mountain range’s highest peak when he was FIVE years old. Yes, five. Were you climbing mountains when you were five years old?! : ) He’s currently working on a project called Summits of My Life in which he’ll be doing speed-record attempts on the world’s greatest peaks, including Mount Everest.
I’m not too far into the book yet, but I am enjoying learning more about this amazing athlete. More coming soon!
Chicago Marathon Training Update
I’m done with Week 11 of marathon training on the Hansons marathon method plan! Only 7 weeks to go – I really feel like I’m on the home stretch. Also (knock on wood) I feel like if my body has made it this far, that I should be able to make it through the last chunk of this plan injury-free. I think the race will be here before I know it.
A few key points from this week:
- This week was the first week of training (with the exception of the week I was in South Africa) where I missed a run. I didn’t do my Monday run last week, an easy 5 miler. I was so wiped out from last week’s training that I just couldn’t do it. I’m not worried about it, but am going to try to not miss any more runs, as I do want to follow the plan as closely as possible. Even with the missed run though this week I ran 49 miles which I am very happy about.
- The first strength workout of the plan was this week – 6 x 1 mile repeats @ 8:10 pace. I’m not a huge fan of these workouts because of all the stopping and starting, but it went well and I know these workouts are benefiting me.
- I had my best tempo run yet this week, and stuck to my goal pace pretty well, for an 8:20 overall average pace.
- Today’s long run was the longest yet (16 miles) and actually the longest distance that this plan prescribes. I’ll do this distance twice more before the end of the plan. I ran with a friend who’s also training for Chicago and we did the long run a little faster than prescribed (9:00 average pace) but I actually realized afterwards that this is kind of cool because at that pace I would be able to hit my C goal of breaking 4:00! And today felt like a good, conversational, pace so I’ll obviously be pushing it more on race day. That gives me confidence that I can definitely hit at least one of my goals, assuming it is an OK day weather-wise and I don’t have any issues.
After an 8 miler yesterday and the 16 today I am definitely feeling pretty wiped out!
Week 12 of Chicago Marathon Training
This coming week is a 49 mile week and a cutback week from a long run perspective. The tempo run also increases by one mile this week to 9 miles.
So, here’s the schedule for this coming week:
- Monday – 5 miles easy
- Tuesday - 4 x 1.5 mile repeats, 800 meter recovery, 1 mile WU/CD
- Wednesday – Rest
- Thursday – 9 mile tempo run, 1 mile WU/CD
- Friday – 5 miles easy
- Saturday – 8 miles easy
- Sunday – 10 miles long
What are you reading lately? What’s on your training plan for the week?
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