Chicago Marathon Training Week #9

The average temperature during my outdoor runs last week was 88*F (31.1*C). I love running outside but the heat can really take its toll.

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My heart was beating out of my chest last Wednesday during my mile repeats. It honestly made me wonder how I’m going to run a marathon when I felt like a single mile was taking the life out of me.

Training week #9 recap:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles easy @ 15:33 (lots of walk breaks, calves painfully tight)

Wednesday: 1 mi w/u, 3 x 1 @ 13:22, 400m recovery, 1 mi c/d

Thursday: 4 miles easy @ 14:48

Friday: .5 mi w/u, 3 mi @ 13:42, .5 c/d

Saturday: 5 miles easy @ 15:00 on treadmill + strength

Sunday: 14 miles easy @ 15:00 on treadmill


The biggest complaint I had last week wasn’t the weather though. It really was my calf issue. It just seems to come and go at random.

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Last year I had calf issues as well but that was completely different. I had piriformis syndrome which comes with a lot of other symptoms like loss of feeling in your feet, PAINFUL hips and back soreness. I’m not experiencing any of those other symptoms at all, so I really think it’s just tight calves and nothing more.

I haven’t jacked my mileage up and I’m not going crazy with the speed work. I hydrate well. I don’t foam roll as much as I should. Maybe I just need a good ol’ deep tissue massage. If my calves don’t calm down by the end of the week I’ll schedule one.

Strength Training:

It seems like I’ve fallen into a routine of only strength training once per week. I’m honestly okay with that.

Ideally I would be doing two days per week, but I’m already feeling pretty tired with the total amount of training I’m doing so one day a week works. Come October I’ll be back to two days, but until them Chicago is the main focus! 🙂

My Coach:

Cecil reminds me to rest often.

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If you remember I used to go to bed around 12:30 – 1am every night but these days I’m crawling into bed around 11:30pm most nights. That extra hour makes a big difference!

Cecil is a great coach. His training philosophy is: eat well, sleep well, do your sprints.

Have you taken to the treadmill at all recently?
Can you believe it’s almost August? Chicago is almost here!!! hah!



  1. July 27, 2016 / 7:24 am

    ha! 11:30 sounds so late to me lol goodness, I am old…
    I hope you can find something to get the calf muscles to loosen up.
    I ham considering trying to do a run on the tM next week, just to see if I can feel any difference. I only ran 1 mile on the TM last week lol I think once a week a great with the strength with your mileage getting so high. Good job!

    • Kristina
      July 28, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Mostly everyone tells me that even 11:30 is late! I can’t imagine going to bed any earlier though since most nights i don’t finish running until 8pm!

  2. Mika
    July 27, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Have you tried rolling with a lacrosse ball? I do 5 minutes on each calf before a run and 10 minutes after, and its been a great help.

    My physical therapist also does the Graston scraping technique and that helps a lot but not in the long run, its more for immediate relief.

    Also, I’ve heard that because women naturally have shorter achilles, we are constantly putting more pressure when we’re walking. Some days I wear shoes with a slight heel (usually a 1 or 2 inch wedge).

    Hope some of these help.

    • Kristina
      July 28, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      I’ve heard really great things about Graston, but I’m too nervous to give it a try! If things don’t get any better I may have to though.

      I haven’t tried a lacross ball but I have a very hard foam roller. I may need to pick up a lacross ball, thanks for the idea Mika!!

  3. July 27, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I cannot believe that it’s almost August! Ah, Chicago will be here before we know it. 😮 I hear you about being so tired after short distances that it makes you question your ability to tackle a marathon. After my last 5k, when I was dying at the finish line, my mom was like, “Wasn’t that only 3 miles? Don’t you have to run like 20-some for the marathon?” ha. “Thanks, mom. :-|”

    • Kristina
      July 28, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Hahahha not what you want to hear at the end of a 5K! It’s hard to imagine now when we’re still weeks out, but I know that taper will help freshen us up! 🙂

  4. July 27, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    The heat can mess with your mind! Everything feels so much harder. We need to remind ourselves of this! I am sorry about your calves. My ITB comes and goes at random too. Like it hurt all last week then after my 16 miler NO PAIN. WTF? I am not complaining, I was just sure 16 miles wasn’t going to help things but apparently it did. I hope your calves disappear quickly or that the massage helps!

    • Kristina
      July 28, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      I’m so thankful that we have the run blog community. I know that sounds so corny, but honestly if I didn’t know you I would just think “oh, i’m not cut out for marathon training because I’m too slow/bad at running/etc.” It’s honestly so relieving to know everyone of every athletic ability goes through ups and downs during training! It motivates me knowing we’re all in this together! (SO CORNY!!!!! Ahh! hahaha!)

  5. July 28, 2016 / 10:36 am

    No treadmill running for me ?

    I know I can’t wait for chicago, you are going to do great.

    Hope Balor wins at Summerslam lol

    • Kristina
      July 28, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      ME TOOOOOO! I love Seth, but there is no one like Balor <3 haha!

  6. July 28, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    HOW do you run 14 miles on the treadmill? Please teach me your ways! I am planning on running tomorrow at the beach and I’m really scared for the heat. I’m not drinking alcohol today so that I can be nice and hydrated tomorrow.

    • Kristina
      July 28, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      That’s a great idea!!! Hydrate up!

      Running 14 on the treadmill is all about breaking the run down into shorter chunks mentally. I break it down either into 3 or 5 mile increments or 30 minute increments! That makes it feel so much more manageable and gives me mini goals to celebrate to get through it! Also, have videos queued up for the entire thing!