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:
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!
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.
^ 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.
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!