Chicago Marathon Training Week #4

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend.

Mine was pretty awesome. I worked on a project that I’ll tell you all about tomorrow. It’s something I’m really proud of :).  Until then, here’s a recap video of my training from last week. In an effort to do something different I started from Sunday and worked my way back to Monday.

If this is the first time you’re checking in on my training, here’s my pacing guide for reference:

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Last week was the final week of my plan without any running workouts. Up until now it’s been all easy running, which was nice but also a little bit boring. Starting this week I have a tempo run one day, and then starting next week I’ll have a tempo run + a speed session each week.

I’m looking forward to running faster, All of this slow, easy running is nice, but has me worried about meeting my goals. I know I need to trust in the plan though!

Strength Training:

I was able to fit in TWO days of lifting last week which was nice. Although I really just split up my one-day-a-week strength workout and spread it out over two days.

On Saturday I ran and then did upper body, and on Sunday I ran and then did legs.

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^ Just a little leg press action, 3 x 10 @ 165lbs. 

I’m going to recommend that you don’t do legs after a long run, even if that long run is “only” 8 miles. In the moment I felt pretty awesome – high on those endorphins!!!! On top of the world! Then as soon as those endorphins wore out I could barely move.

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Leg day for me really just consists of squatting, leg press and lunges. I used to deadlift but I’ve kind of gotten away from that for no good reason. I need to startup again, maybe after marathon training is over though. The deadlift is my strongest lift and I just feel weird when I don’t go all out on it.

Oh yeah, and I also put Adam on my back, lifted him up and took a few steps on Saturday night — just for fun. Basically, imagine me giving Adam a piggy back ride except I’m hunched over A LOT more. My legs are very strong and my back is also strong but I don’t know if I could ever actually give him a piggy back ride! I will have to try that at some point!

Carrying your significant other around on your back is just one of the cool things you can treat them to if you take leg day seriously ;). To be fair, I don’t know how fun it actually was for Adam because he kept saying “ahh, okay put me down, PUT ME DOWN!!!” He seemed nervous, but I was having a great time!

What did you get up to this weekend?!
I hope all the dads out there had the best day yesterday! 



  1. June 20, 2016 / 9:41 am

    I liked seeing your ‘3 Exhausting Miles’ label on your run. Sometimes I’ll really struggle through even short runs and my brain is screaming, “You have to run a MARATHON! How are you going to do that if 3 miles is a struggle!?”. I remind myself that some runs are just difficult due to a variety of factors, but it helps to see that other people have the same issues. 🙂

    I had a very fun weekend that included some delicious tacos, guacamole, and margaritas, and then a pool day for most of the day yesterday.

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2016 / 10:27 am

      Honestly, that sounds like the perfect weekend to me! I could eat tacos and guac all day everyday!

      I was so so tired during that three mile run. It was supposed to be five miles but I was falling asleep as I was running! Days like that definitely make you wonder how the heck you’re supposed to run 26.2 miles when you can’t even make it to the 5K mark! hah!

  2. June 20, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Boy I wish you got the Adam lift captured in a VLOG but I can seriously picture it in my mind and it is pretty funny! You are so strong, girl! I have never lifted 165lbs of anything! I am taking the day off running but will go to Planet Fitness. I am finally not sore anymore from Wed and Thursday’s “back from vacation workouts”.

    I often feel drunk after a long run let along long + legs!

    Before this whole PF fiasco I didn’t feel like I was getting stronger or faster from Hansons. I felt like I was getting slower.

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Do not worry, I will make him do it again and I will film it! I need this to be captured so I can watch it over and over again!

      I definitely understand how you feel about Hansons. When I first started the plan I thought “oh no, how am I ever going to run so slowly on easy days?” and now I clearly am having no problem with it at all. That makes me very nervous and anxious to start the running workouts!

      Have fun lifting at PF today!

  3. June 20, 2016 / 11:30 am

    I’m going to steal the weekly recap video fyi lol

    I can see Adams concern, you have to be careful with the star or the BAR blog.

    Too much awesome stuff to recap here. Weekend was amazing. I had the best fathers day ever 🙂

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      NICE! I am happy you are stealing the video recaps. Can’t wait to see yours!

      So glad you have a great Father’s Day! You deserve it!

  4. June 20, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    Hour for another solid week AND speed work!! I like when you’ve been doing consistent runs and then add SW back in because it’s such a nice change and it makes things fun again.

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm

      I am just hoping the first session doesn’t kill me. It’s been a month and it’s gotten so much warmer out over the last couple of weeks — eeek!

  5. June 20, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    Nice week!! You are really kicking butt in your training these last few weeks.

    This weekend, Frank and I went to western Kansas. Probably one of the most boring places… but it has a lot of history, so we checked it out. Now I can leave Kansas knowing that I left no stone unturned.

    • Kristina
      June 20, 2016 / 11:37 pm

      Thanks Kerry 🙂

      Haha I love it! There must have been at least one cool thing about western Kentucky?!

  6. June 21, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Look at your, running and lifting! #goals

    I’m excited to get going with Hanson’s in two weeks. I like being “told” what to do, lol