Chicago Marathon Training, Week 5 Recap

Week 5 of training is in the books. Despite a hot & humid week, I felt like I did a good job on all of my runs. I’m starting to feel stronger overall everyday. The only downside: I feel a small twinge of pain in my left knee. I have had IT band problems plague me for the last year or so, and I’ve been dreading this happening. I do foam roll after every run, but I don’t think I do enough core & hip strengthening, so that’s on my list this week to work on improving.

Sunday, July 14th: Rest day

Monday: 3 miles • 9:44/mile
This was the first day of heat for the long inferno of a week ahead. It was over 85 degrees when I went for my run, so I was glad it was a short and sweet 3 miles. My legs felt great, even after Saturday’s long run, and the heat must not have been bothering me too much, because I ran much faster than my typical paces. I guess I just wanted to get it over with & hop back into the sweet, sweet air conditioning at home!

Tuesday: 70 minutes cross training • bike ride
I joined up with a group of women who bike Tuesday nights for about 2 hours. This is a little excessive for my cross-training day as I only need 60 minutes, so I met up with them along the route partway through the ride. I ended up going about 70 minutes total, and it was a fun ride.

Wednesday: 3 miles • no pace recorded
I had one of those days where I got home late, so I was tired, hungry, and did not want to run in the 90+ degree temps. But then I thought, what else am I going to do with myself all night?! I ate a snack and then drove to a shaded path to run, so it was much more bearable & felt about 10 degrees cooler there.

run on a shaded trail if it is hot and humid out, it will feel so much better!

In the end I was very glad I ran, and besides, I couldn’t bear to tell you all I had skipped out. Accountability sure helps! For some reason my Garmin randomly didn’t record the run (?!) so I have no pace for ya.

Thursday: 6 miles • 10:46/mile
I had been trying to get up in the mornings to run all week, to no avail. But, Thursday evening was supposed to hit mid-90s again and I knew there was no way I’d get a 6-miler done in that without passing out, so I made plans with a neighbor runner to meet at 5:30am to get the run in. It was still very warm and humid when we started (I think about 75 degrees & 90% humidity), and I was definitely ready to be done by mile four, but we got ‘em in.

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 12 miles • 10:50/mile
12 miles! It has been so long since I’ve done such a long run. It went by quickly, with the pretty lakefront scenery distracting me for a while. I may or may not have daydreamed about one of these boats being my own…

boats along my running route

Dreaming aside, I was smart and carried a water bottle with me the entire way. I made sure to keep filling it up and drink from it as we powered through the miles. I think this had a huge impact, because even though it was in the upper 60’s when we began (positively cool compared to the rest of the week) I did sweat a whole lot…but I felt great the entire time. I also popped some shot blox fuel starting around mile 6, 1 block at each mile (or as I remembered). This works for these runs, but now that the runs will get longer, I’ll need to find some alternative fuel choices.

This week’s schedule:
• Sunday: rest
• Monday: 60 minutes cross train
• Tuesday: 3 miles
• Wednesday: 6 miles
• Thursday: 3 miles
• Friday: rest
• Saturday: 9 miles (step back week!)

Let me know:
How were your runs or workouts this week?
How do you like to fuel during long runs—what do you eat & drink, and how often?
What are your favorite core & hip exercises?

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