Chicago Marathon Training Week #2
I was looking over my training plan this weekend and realized Chicago is right around the corner!
Even though I’m only on week two of training, I’ll be running 16-milers by my birthday. The Hansons plan tops off at “only” 16 miles for a long run, but because it incorporate doubles it’s really 10 miles on Saturday and 16 miles on Sunday for a few weeks. I feel totally unprepared for that right now, but I am trusting that when the time comes I’ll be ready!
Here’s how training went last week:
Here is my Hansons pacing guide as reference for watching the video and seeing my paces:
The plan I’m following (the 20-week plan) still hasn’t begun incorporating speed or strength workouts so it’s been all easy running so far!
Checking My Ego at the Door:
I strongly believe in the Hansons philosophy of running your easy days super easy, but since my weekly mileage still isn’t that high and I’m not doing any running workouts this has been a serious exercise in checking my ego at the door. I mean, I don’t even have much of an ego when it comes to running, but aiming for 15 minute pace is something I thought was behind me.
Last week I ran a lot closer to 14:42 for all of my runs and that felt okay. I definitely have to reign myself in a little once I’m sufficiently warmed up, but to be fair it is kind of nice to just cruise along at a ho-hum pace.
The Long Run:
For Sunday’s “long run” you’ll see I only did six miles. I was supposed to do seven but I had a total brain fart! I honestly didn’t even realize I had cheated myself a mile until I was plugging all of the data into my spreadsheet. At this point in training I’m really not going to worry about it. I know I could have run that extra mile.
Strength Training Hurdles:
I actually wonder if I made a subconscious decision to cut the run short since my legs were SO SO SO sore from lifting on Saturday. I had taken a nap Saturday afternoon so when I hit the gym I was full of energy!
I know I shouldn’t have lifted legs the day before my long run, but in the moment it felt like a good idea! I did a full body workout but I squatted 5 x 10 @ 80lbs and did leg press 5 x 10 @ 120lbs. I thought I would be fine since that type of weight really isn’t a lot for me, but I should have probably done 3 x 10 or 3 x 7 instead of 5 x 10. You live and you learn!
Honestly, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best days to incorporate strength training into my schedule while I was doing the Hansons base building plan. I have come to the conclusion that there really isn’t a great place for it.
When you’re running six days a week there just isn’t a perfect day or two to lift. Right now I’m only doing one day a week, but I definitely want to get back to doing two days a week. I just need to figure out which two days!!
Which days do you strength train?
Is the weather nice and toasty where you are?