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.
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:
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.
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.
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! 🙂
Cecil reminds me to rest often.
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!