Chicago Training Update

I hate writing training recaps, so I am going to make this one short and sweet. Training for Chicago has been really up and down for me. Unlike the near linear progression I had during Colfax, Chicago has been one step forward, two steps back. Although the training has been hard, I did have a breakthrough race last week (more about that in my recap post later).

I’ve really had a hard time finding motivation and inspiration for this race, but I’ve kind of made a decision. I have been trying to fit myself into a new category, a 6-day-per-week runner, and I am simply not that. So, I have basically abandoned the Hanson’s plan and I am going back to what I did for Colfax… because you know what, it worked. Training is about finding what works for you and sticking with it. I know what works for me and I am going back to that.

Well… this week I took things pretty chill. I was recovering from my races and Longs Peak Summit from the week before. I took a few days off and did some nice slow running.

M: Rest

T: Rest – was still really sore

W: 8 Miles Easy

T: Another Rest Day

F: Worst Track Workout Ever (4×800)

S: 10 mile Long Run

S: 6.5 miles easy

Total: 30.7 miles

Not bad for a first week back after a wild and crazy weekend. My track workout was supposed to be 6 x 800, but I just couldn’t finish it. I felt like absolute crap and called it quits. Usually track workouts are a real confidence booster for me, but unfortunately, this one was just a drag. The long run the next day was pretty great, so I guess that made up for it.

This week I am going to step it up a notch. I only have 6 more training weeks before the taper, so I’m gonna make the best of it. Things are shifting over to more marathon specific work, including a lot more time at marathon pace. I’m pretty excited to hone things down a bit and get myself feeling ready for Chicago.

I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, so here is a pic from our paddle this weekend:


And of course, here is a pic of the cutest cat in the whole world:


How was your training? What is your next goal race?

12 thoughts on “Chicago Training Update

  1. Good call on going with your gut and doing what works for you. It shows a lot of maturity as a runner to make those kind of decisions. The things we want to be best for us aren’t always actually best for us. I wonder if all the exciting new things in your life right now and your new running passion (preparing for ultras) are contributing to your lack of motivation. I know that when something new and exciting comes into my life I have a tendency to mentally check out of other stuff. It’s not a bad thing, it just happens.

    Anyway I still think you had a great week. Training is going okay for me, although I’m only a week in so it’s hard to say much at this point. It’s been a little rough though, the slowdown from this heat and humidity and early morning running have been hurting my confidence a bit, especially since most of my running friends are in better shape than me right now. But, I’m trying to be patient because it will get better!


    1. Yeah, I looked back in my journal to see what I did for Colfax, and I am pretty much just going to do the same exact thing. I’m adding a little more mileage for the last 3 weeks before the taper. It worked really well last time, I don’t see why it wouldn’t just work out again. Also, I kind of like designing my own training. Haha!

      I can’t wait to hear how your races go. I have a 10K coming up soon, but I think I’m just going to run Marathon Pace for it.


  2. Sticking with what works is a wise decision — especially, I think, for the marathon distance.

    I am dithering about a 10k race this weekend. First it was the weather (possible thunderstorms, and it’s an hour’s drive away and a relatively small 2 lane road.

    Now I feel as though I’ve caught my husband’s crud, and I’m having to take some unplanned for rest, which I HATE. Not that I hate resting, but i hate not doing my planned workouts. I have a real problem with that!

    So now it’s am I really healthy enough? Will I relapse if I push myself too hard too soon? To be continued.


    1. I like to air on the side of caution when it comes to sickness. Id rather do a little less and not let it get full blown than do too much. I hope you feel better and good luck if you decide to race.

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  3. I’m enjoying watching runners try Hansons for the first time and decide one way or the other if it works for them. 6 days a week feels so doable in theory, but it’s pretty exhausting! I’m glad you’ve decided to go back to what works for you. I can’t believe it’s nearly time for taper!!


    1. Six days a week is doable, but for me, I think the problem was that they have you jump in to 6 days with lots and lots of mileage. I’ve done six days by adding like a 3-4 mile run on one of my rest days, but the Hansons plan calls for like an extra 10 mile run. For me, that’s a little too much.

      I still have 6 weeks till taper!! That’s not too soon!! Haha!


  4. ” 6 more training weeks before the taper” this just gave me a panic attack. Are we really entering the last phase of training already? I’M NOT READY!

    The six day a week think for Hansons has worked out okay for me. If I could take six days to run the marathon I would be good to go! I just don’t feel super prepared to run 26.2 miles at race pace!


    1. I think I would have done a lot better with the Hansons had I just done the beginner plan, but I think I got arrogant or mile greedy or something. I may try the Hansons again, but with a little less rigor.

      Seriously! 6 more training weeks before the taper… It’s insane. I really do wonder if a 3:45 is possible. Im considering going for a 3:50. I don’t know… we’ll see.


  5. I can’t believe Chicago is so soon. You had a very strong week considering you ran a 5k, a half, and hiked Long’s Peak right at the end of last week! I wan 12 miles last week and gave up Hansons. Go big or go home right???


  6. We all go through the ebs and flows and I think it’s very important to look at the process and change of needed. No sense going down a path that isn’t working or isn’t motivating. Excited to see what the next few weeks have in store.


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