Marathon Monday: CMT Weeks 16 & 17.

After the weekend in Waterton my blog was jammed with posts about the adventures in southern Alberta all of last week so I missed out on posting my recap of Chicago Marathon Training Week #16! I decided to just delay it and recap both weeks 16 and 17 in this week’s edition of Marathon Monday!

Marathon Monday

I’m a mixed bag of emotions right now. The marathon is less than a week away and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or vomit. I am severely under-trained, battling various aches and pains, and kind of done with marathon training (or lack there of). I am mostly looking forward to a trip to the windy city and spending the Canadian thanksgiving long weekend exploring a new city! Let’s just not think about my approaching 26.2 mile exploration of death and impending doom on Sunday.

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My weekend in Waterton compromised my Friday and Saturday runs… in the BEST way possible. Hiking > running. I think my legs got enough of a workout climbing over 4000 ft in two days that they would have on the 12-mile long run I had planned. I ended up actually hiking over 20 miles throughout the weekend… let’s call that modified marathon training.

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A look at my 16th week of training (whaaaaaat?!) and you will see that I had a pretty typical week of spinning, running, and strength, and then a not so typical weekend of hiking. I think I tried to incorporate as many different forms of exercise into this week as possible. Fun fact… I ran once. ONE TIME. Nailed it. A total of over 25 miles on the week.

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As for this past week, training week #17, I hit ALL of my runs. I think that might be the second week in this training cycle that I actually did what I set out to do in my training plan. It’s a miracle. I felt a lot better this week pain-wise so that was fun! I didn’t hate every step of running and actually loved running through the changing leaves and the crisp fall air.

I had no workout on the agenda for Sunday so when my friend asked if I wanted to meet him on the spin bikes in the morning I said, “HELL YES.” He decided to do a long run before he met me so the spin was his cool down but I did a steady-state 45 minute spin session before hitting the weights for a bit. Spin goes by extremely fast when you’re chatting!

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It was a nice and successful taper week. I felt decent, the fall air makes for PERFECT running conditions, and I enjoyed some fun social events with my momma this weekend (I was her date to a staff function Friday night and she was my date to a horticulinary festival on Saturday)! A total of 22.05 miles this week.

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The Chicago marathon is in exactly SIX days people! AHHH! Look for my marathon “goals” in a post on Friday, as well as a fun recap of the Dig In Horticulinary festival in tomorrow’s post!

When is YOUR next race?

What did you do this weekend?

5 Comments

  1. Chicago is so much fun – I went there a couple of years ago and loved it! I’m sure you’ll have a great time and crush that marathon. I love spin classes and I’m curious – how much of a workout do you get when you’re instructing?

  2. Good luck in Chicago, it’s going to be awesome! I’m actually running my first race of the year this weekend – well, pacing the 10k (1:10 finish time). I’m running the PEI Half Marathon on Oct 18th!

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