July 13, 2016

Chicago Marathon Training 2016 Weeks 1&2 Recap

Well folks, it is that time again. Things have been a little crazy. I consulted a couple coaches about my plan and am pretty much following the plan I created last year with some tweaks such as more speed work, more easy miles, and actually sticking with adding some pace miles or fast finishes to my long runs. If you are looking for a run coach or some advice, check out Coach Suz or Amanda from Run to the Finish ! 

It's taking me some time to get into the groove with marathon training because I usually don't follow training plans or a strict workout schedule year round. I mostly do what I feel like, go to November Project, and attend fitness classes when they pop up as well as get in a longer run sometime during the weekend.  I had a really solid first two weeks of workouts and am trying a different kind of training recap this time around. 

I kind of love and hate weekly workout recaps. I like reading other peoples and seeing what they do because it's interesting. However most times I feel like it just becomes a comparison trap for people (myself included).  Since I'm insanely busy (do I say that enough on the blog?), and it will get tough to stick to my schedule once fall classes start again, I figured recapping my workouts on the blog adds another layer of accountability for me.  So I'll share my workout overviews from the weeks as well as a high and low (that part is from the future occupational therapist in me). So here we go! 


Marathon Training 2016 Week 1 (6/20-6/26)

Monday: 2 miles at BWC 5K Coaching Group + 1 solo miles easy run
Tuesday: SB Barre Class
Wednesday: November Project Baltimore workout #doubleverbal
Thursday:  REV45 spin class
Friday: November Project Baltimore hill workout
Saturday:Coaching 5K training group + 13 easy miles
Sunday: BWC 5K 

Total miles: 31.1

Marathon Training 2016 Week 2 (6/27-7/3)

Monday: Rest-30 minutes of light yoga
Tuesday: Speed Workout 4x800m with rest, 5.9 miles 
Wednesday: November Project Baltimore PR day workout 5 miles
Thursday:  5.25 tempo run 
Friday: November Project Baltimore Sunrise 6K race
Saturday:Coaching 5K training group + 100-10 workout with 10K run for 9.8 miles otal
Sunday: easy 10.5 mile long run around harbor 

Total miles: 40.15

I had lots of speedwork coincidentally these weeks with the BWC 5K, speed workout Tuesday, NP PR Day, and THEN the NP Sunrise 6K. I was pretty proud of holding it together but definitely know I can't do that all the time. I'm definitely not going to be up around 40 miles for the next couple of weeks again. I also REALLY need to dust off my foam roller and be sure to spend time recovering better.  

Despite feeling a little sore and tight naturally, I was really happy with how I felt having more weekly miles than usual at the start of training. I've been hovering around 20-25 weekly miles during the spring so bumping it up and making sure I including some easy miles felt good. I also got in a lot of faster runs and was hitting the pace I wanted on my tempo run which always makes me feel great. 

Are you training for any fall events? Do you like reading or sharing weekly workout recaps? 


  1. I like reading weekly workout recaps especially when they are things I can do on my own! Gives me ideas on what I can do at my gym since we don't have classes like my old place!

  2. I agree with you on the love/hate relationship with workout recaps. I do them because it's easy to put everything in one place and I do enjoy reading other peoples' recaps so I get new ideas, but it can be tough not to compare when you see someone running 70+ mile weeks and you're in the 30s (you're meaning me). I like using NP as part of my strength/running routine. I think it keeps things fresh and fits in exercises I wouldn't necessarily do. Like you, following that loose training and then making sure to get a long run in once a week seems to work well for me... when I'm not injured.

  3. Congrats on getting those first two weeks of training under your belt! I'm really impressed by how much you mix it up with your workouts - that's something I've struggled with for the past several months, but you seem to have a really good balance going that works well for you! I feel you on the foam rolling, too. I was super dedicated to foam rolling for a long time, but I've fallen off the bandwagon big time, and I can feel it!

    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

  4. Congrats on having a good first two weeks! I can imagine it can be tough to move into a more regimented schedule. You are such a boss for doing a double! I'd love to try to do that before I start working, but I'm pretty sure I'd end up dead. I'm with you there on the racing/running a lot being tough. Nice job keeping it together!