September 28, 2015

Chicago Marathon 2015 Training Recap {Weeks 11-14}

{Read about Weeks 1&23&45&6 ,7&89&10 of my training} Weeks 11-14 of training are here already.

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Chicago Marathon 2015 Training Recap

Obviously I've been busy and training has been going okay although my marathon goals have changed from the beginning of training. Since I'm being on training, here's a big ol' 4 week recap
Week 11

Week 11 was a really great week of training with just over 40 miles in for the week. I've added at least one day a week of just lifting in the gym at school which makes me happy. My tempo run this week was done on a cooler day, and it was one of those runs where my tempo paces felt really natural.  

This week I did a really solid 20 mile run despite falling and scraping my knee in the dark on the first mile of the run as I was on my way to meet up with a group to run with.  My knee was a little sore but my hand took a bit hit. I awkwardly tried to hold a tissue on my hand during the run and cleaned it all up after I got him. Falling during running will never not be embarrassing.  I also happened to be decked on in my new favorite Brooks Running hat and an appropriate Brooks shirt.  


Post-run Cream Cruiser ice cream sandwiches at the farmer's market also make me feel better about my fall (see bandaged knee).

So big, but of course I ate it all. 
Week 12
This week had slightly lower mileage than I wanted but lots of great, shorter workouts. I had two 4 mile runs that felt really hot, humid, and hard. This week also included a super fun November Project-Baltimore workout that featured our awesome yearbook photos thanks to Pixilated

 This week's long run was 15 miles which included the Charles Street 12 Miler race which didn't feel as great as I wanted but was still a fun race.  

Double-thumbs up aka my classic running pose
Week 13
On Labor Day a bunch of us November Project-Baltimore people traverbaled and went down to the NP-DC workout.  It was super fun to visit another tribe and get in some different #hillsforbreakfast at Meridian Park.  
Loving my fresh new DC tag
This week also included a bunch of running including NP-Baltimore workouts on Wednesday and Friday as well as the Shake Shack Track & Field Run on Tuesday.  

My long run started out with me planning on only running my 17 miles, but the route I ran with some November Project people on the northern part of the city to Charles Village and along to the Robert E. Lee Park trails proved it would probably be a few miles longer. The group I was running with was running 20 miles and since I was feeling good I decided to get in my 22 mile run. It was nice to have a group of people to motivate me and made the run less painful than it otherwise could have been.  We finished the run just in time because as I sat down at breakfast to eat my chocolate chip pancakes at Light Street Cafe with the run gang it started to rain.  I was thinking about breakfast for the last 1/4 of that run! 

It was weird how chill I felt afterwards when I finished 22 miles. I took a moment to sit by the Inner Harbor and stretch and soak in the moment. I saw my friend on his way to work right after and he said I looked like I was about to start my run, not be finished with such a long one! Training doesn't get easier, but certain parts of it are definitely different each time around. 

Repping my Momentum jewelry shirt and Footnotes of course
Week 14
This is the week where school and my new schedule really started to catch up with me so it was struggle to fit in some workouts and runs.  I had a quick treadmill run one day and a quick lifting session at school on Monday.  I also had to take a rest day on Tuesday instead of on Sundays like I frequently do. 

My long run was a 17 miler (for real this time), and I was totally mentally not feeling it. I got up super early and the city was eerily quiet and seriously foggy. I was feeling so over training and waking up really freaking early to run this morning but thank goodness for running with NP-Baltimore people who kept me motivated and entertained throughout the run.  

Yep, that's the Inner Harbor. Totally looks like The Mist attacked.
Sunday was the super awesome Empowered by Gundalow event. We didn't get quite enough people to sign up to run with me which makes me sad, but I totally understand because there was tons of races this weekend. I was happy enough to go help out with the barre class at Pop Physique. I definitely felt the burn-it had been a while since I've taken a barre class. My legs were especially feeling it since it was the day after my long run, yikes.  

The after-party at Ryleigh's Oyster was really fun and reminds me why I love Gundalow Juice and all the amazing people who are involved with and support the company and the Baltimore fitness community.  

{again thanks to Pixilated for the fun photobooth!}
The bad: Weeks 11 & 12 I really needed to be more hydrated. It was another hot and humid stretch of weather. Weeks 13 & 14 I was noticing really how tight my hips have been. It's probably due to the lack of stretching plus all the sitting at desks in school during the week. 

The good:  I'm happy that I made it through my 20 and 22 mile runs and that they actually felt pretty good. No injuries and not even much post-long run soreness which is weird to me, but I'm not complaining. So happy to be starting taper! 

Things to Focus on: I really need to tighten up my schedule and actually plan workouts for the beginning of the week when I'm busiest so that they happen. I seriously need my morning runs as stress-relief. 

This post was linked up with Weekend SnapshotsWeekly Wrap, and MIMM.  

How was your week of workouts?  Do you get really tight from sitting all day? Have you ever fallen running? 


  1. You are doing awesome! There were some up,s there were some downs, there were some doubts, and there were some fun moments, sounds about right for marathon training! You are ready to go :)

  2. Sounds like everything is going great! I'm with you though, I'm really OVER training and MCM can't come soon enough. I wish I could get out to a November project workout, they sound awesome but with my hubby traveling so much I don't have anyone to leave the kids with! Maybe someday!

  3. Falling during a run is never good. I took a tumble a couple of weeks back on my long run early in the morning. I had the same exact pains as you scraped up knee and a badly torn up hand. It's not fun to run with that kind of stuff. I know you say you're training isn't going the way you want it to go but it sounds like your training is going pretty good. I think you're going to do great at the race.

  4. I say this all the time but I have no idea how you're getting such awesome runs in when you're so busy! NP definitely makes the long runs easier. 10 miles this weekend felt like 5 because I was just busy chatting away. 13 days to go :)

    p.s. I STILL need to try the Cream Cruisers. I'd demolish at least 3 of those hahaha

  5. I need to get to an NP workout! Living in "the burbs" and working in DC I just can't make it in time. Good job on your training!

  6. Sounds like you are ROCKING your training!!! You go girl!!

  7. Looks like you've been having an awesome training season! I bet you are beyond ready for your race to come:)
    That is awesome though that you didn't let a scraped knee get to you and you toughened up and still ran the 20 miles! Love it!
    Good luck in your upcoming race!!!

  8. Sounds like you had a great training cycle; now enjoy the taper! I'll see you at the start line...

  9. My standard finish line pose is much worse...a weird arm raised thing. I trained all summer for Chicago in the heat. It was one of the toughest things I've done! It looks like you've had a great training cycle and are ready for the race. Good luck! Thanks for linking with us!

  10. Last year I fell over a branch and hurt my ankle (slow clap for me). Luckily it was fine within a week. Uh the sitting all day thing is real. I have a makeshift standing desk but sometimes get lazy and sit (obviously need to work on that).

  11. Congrats on such an amazing few weeks of training - you definitely deserve the taper!! I eat it at least once a training cycle - thanks uneven sidewalks.... I do have a standing desk at work now and have noticed a big difference in the fatigue and stiffness I feel in my legs. I always thought I was resting when I was sitting, but standing makes my legs feel so much better! I can't wait until it's boot season so I can wear compression socks too :)

  12. Your doing great in your training, I do hate you fell and hurt your hand :( Boo! Gosh I so wish I could do the same when those long runs get here! I love that you did your longer run with your friends and then chocolate chip pancakes they sound perfect for afterwards. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  13. Great job with your training! I trip over my own two feet. I've fallen twice and gotten pretty skinned up. The first time I fell I broke the face on my Garmin and I think I was more upset about that than anything else. Hope you enjoy your taper!