Marathon Monday: CMT Week 5.

Last Week: Chicago Marathon Training Week 4.

I am more fired up than ever to start week 6 of training. I know this week is going to be a bit of a jumble with a full day of driving from Manitoba back to Alberta thrown in there and family events today, but I feel a lot more dedicated to my goals that I have felt in a while so I know it’s going to be a successful week. But first, let’s take a look at week 5 of Chicago Marathon Training!

Marathon Monday

While last week may have taken an unexpected turn and I ended up in Winnipeg, I still had a great week of marathon training. It was a step-back week in terms of mileage so I was happily surprised when I looked at my schedule and realized I only had to fit in a 7-mile long run before we jetted off to Manitoba. 20.81 miles for week 5 of training!

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Yesterday, because I am addicted to exercise, I sought out the closest gym to where I was staying in Winnipeg, which was a GoodLife Fitness and hit it up for a solid workout. It didn’t open until 8am (MB, what is up with your weekend hours?) so I slept in, and was the third person in the gym when it opened. Endorphin addict.

do you realize how lucky

I knew I wasn’t meeting my cousins for brunch until 11am so I had a pre-brunch and pre-workout breakfast of protein greek yogurt (chocolate protein powder and plain greek yogurt), berries, and peanut butter. In order to get a good strength training session in, I most definitely need some fuel.


I did 20 minutes on the StairMaster with a few intervals thrown in, then did 60 minutes of strength work with a focus on shoulders and glutes, then finished off my workout with another 10 minutes on the StairMaster. My regular gym only has a stepper, while I LOVE the StairMaster so I was stoked to get to workout on it today. It is seriously, by far, the best cardio machine to make me sweat. It even trumps running as far as HR goes.

After my workout I went for brunch with my cousins and brother, did some shopping, and headed out to my grandpa’s for more visiting with family. Can you tell we’re related? #legsfordays

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Lesson Learned: I think one of the most important things I have learned about training for races or any sort of event over the years is that training requires flexibility and dedication. Not all runs are going to be on your favourite route, in the perfect conditions, at the perfect time of day. Life gets in the way sometimes and if you are dedicated to your goals and what you are training for, you will make it happen. Balancing family, friends, work, life, and marathon training is tough but it is doable and sometimes that means early mornings and saying no to a giant slice of chocolate cake. 😉

Did anyone race this weekend?!

Do you let your training schedule be flexible or is it super strict? Has it changed over the years?


  1. I let my training schedule be flexible. Ideally I like to hit the prescribed weekly total, but the days often change depending on my schedule or the weather. Today I dropped the last 2k of a 7k run because it was just too hot. I’ll pick up the extra 2k later in the week.
    Happy training this week!

  2. I always try to do the workout on the day I’m supposed to. The flexibility comes from how early I need to be out of bed to do it (had to run at 2am last week before a day of flying)….and where I need to do it. Traveling to Atlanta now for work has definitely been an adjustment.

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