Chicago Marathon Training Week #12 (+ Need Running Advice)
My long run on Sunday was such a killer.
I set up an aid station in my car and made a stop every four miles to down some Gatorade and grab a Gu. During my stop at mile eight I sat down for a second and did NOT want to get back up.
At this point in training running eight miles isn’t a big deal. My legs weren’t tired, but I think I was pretty dehydrated. I shouldn’t have gone out running when the sun was still so high. I thought 6pm would be late enough but I was covered in salt by the midway point of my 14-miler.
Thankfully I had brought three bottles of Gatorade with me. I thought that might be excessive, but I ended up drinking almost all three bottles completely. When I stopped at mile 8 I downed an entire bottle in about 30 seconds. That Gatorade was like liquid gold. It literally brought me back to life! THANK YOU GATORADE, I LOVE YOU!
Weekly Training Recap:
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: .5 mi w/up, 4 miles @ 13:37, .5 c/d
Wednesday: 5 miles easy @ 15:02
Thursday: 1 mi w/u, 4 miles @ 13:48, 1 mi c/d
Friday: 4 miles easy @ 14:48
Saturday: 4 miles easy @ 15:00 on treadmill + strength training
Sunday: 14 miles easy @ 15:03 (HOT OUT)
Overall it was a good week. I hit the paces and mileage that I needed to.
That being said, I am having some doubts about being able to run 26.2 miles at 13:42 pace.
I know the heat and humidity in Chicago this October is likely going to be MUCH more favorable than what I’m dealing with now… but it’s still hard to believe that I’ll be able to cover the entire course at my goal race pace. I just don’t see how it’s going to happen.
I’m still not ready to make an official adjustment to my A-goal but it’s weighing at the back of my mind.
On a more optimistic front, I’m been really happy with how my lifting has come along this training cycle.
I haven’t really made any gains but I’m glad that I’ve stuck with my routine – even if I did bring it down to only one day a week. I’m pretty sure every other year I’ve completely abandoned weightlifting when I’m focused on a big race. I hope my continued dedication to lifting will help me feel less tired during the marathon.
I remember in Portland around mile 18 my back started to really bother me. I think my posture had probably gotten pretty bad by that point. Hopefully my upper body and core are feeling strong at mile 18 this year!
I’m hoping for another strong week, although I’m not entirely sure what to do about my long run this weekend. I won’t be able to do it on Sunday so I need to either move it to Friday of this week or Monday of next week.
I’ll be flying both Friday and Monday. If I run it on Friday I will have to get up super early to get it done before my flight. Then I’ll probably be tired and cranky the first day of my NYC trip.
If I wait until Monday I’ll be able to do it in the afternoon when Adam and I get home. I should be well rested on Monday, but I’ll then be doing my long run on my normal rest day which could mess up the rest of next week.
What do you think I should do? Move the long run to Friday or Monday?