Training week 8/52 – 2015

And just like that, it’s already the last week of February. Is it spring yet??

This past week was pretty good workout wise. Ran 5 miles for the first time since November and felt great. Also ran outside for the first time all winter! Sunday was a nice 40 degrees – perfect for running.

Here’s the week in training:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 3 mile treadmill run. I wanted to run a 5K the weekend before but didn’t end up doing it because it was cold and snowing. So today I figured I’d try to see what pace I could hold for 5K. Well I held my 5K pace for a mile and a half and then had to turn it down to 9:15 pace. Running workouts on a treadmill is so hard for me mentally! I just can’t wait until I can get back on the track. I also wore my new TrainWithMarc shirt – I love the color and logo! If you want to order one, check out Coach Marc’s website. Also did a short lifting session post-run.

Thursday – 5 mile treadmill run. Did a speed/hill workout which I’ll write about this week because it really helped those miles fly by.

Friday - Spin class. I almost didn’t go because I was feeling so tired in the morning but dragged myself there and felt great after. That quote, “I really regret that workout said no one ever” is so true. Tough class with a lot of hill climbs but I biked 20 miles this time – 2 more miles than last week!

Saturday - Off

Sunday – 4 miles…outside!! It’s funny how 40 degrees feels warm after weeks of single digits or sub-zero temps. My mom and I ran outside and felt surprisingly good for not having ran regularly in months. I think the speed workouts we’ve been doing on the treadmill have really helped.


This was our first real week back to running…I know it’s not crazy miles or anything but I like building up slow so as to not kill my shins. 12 miles of running plus “6 miles” of cross training (spin). Not bad I say! My shins are feeling a bit sore but that’s expected since I really didn’t run more than 2 times a week (and only 2-3 miles) from November-January. Still not 100% sure of my spring half plan…but I do know I want to enter the lottery for the Chicago Marathon this fall!

How’d your last week of training go?

Have you ran Chicago Marathon or Marine Corps Marathon? Thoughts? Please share!


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  1. I can not WAIT to get back outside to run! These last two weeks that was impossible and dangerous! I am craving the fresh (brisk) air!
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  2. It’s been Spring where I live for almost a month already. I know it’s tough in the Winter to get outoors – where I used to live, it was below freezing and into extreme cold for a few months. Sounds like you are doing well! Keep up the great work.
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  3. Nice training week! I’ve run both Chi and MCM. They’re fantastic. But Chicago’s weather is dicey. It CAN be very hot. MCM is later in the year and was perfect when I ran it….wait no it wasn’t I had to hurry and finish cuz hurricane Sandy was bearing down. It was still better than super hot though!
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    • That’s what I’ve heard about Chicago regarding the heat…hmmm idk!!
      I ran a race a few days before Sandy too (NYC Marathon kickoff 5 miler) and right before NYCM was cancelled that year.

  4. Thinking of running in 40 degrees makes me shiver! Good for you for doing it! :)
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  5. Great training week! I was sidelined a bit last week with a sinus issue and some super cold/horrid weather but am glad to get back out there this week :)
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  6. Running outside after being stuck indoors makes me nearly giddy – I know the feeling! :)

    Anytime I want to bail on a workout, I remind myself I rarely (if ever) regret a workout. Even if it sucks, I always feel better in the end.
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  7. So jealous you got to run outside! I’m hoping I’ll be able to this weekend.
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  8. Looks like a solid week! I haven’t run a marathon but just signed up for an Ultra. lol. Last week was a great training week for me and it was exactly what I needed to kick the race training off! Cheers to this week!
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  9. Good luck with Chicago. That’s definitely a race on my bucket list.

  10. Nicely done! 40 degrees is a heat wave in my mind! Overall this past week has gone well for workouts! I think I’ve got in 5, but sometimes it’s a blur. lol!
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  11. Seriously! Where did February go? We’re in the middle of a move and I had a terrible training week. Hoping for better this week…

  12. This last week of training..was..almost non existent!! I got in some good indoor workouts, but it was too cold for anything else!
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  13. Great job! I have run both Chicago and the Marine Corps Marathons. I liked Chicago more than Marine Corps, if not just because it was my first marathon. Both courses are fairly flat. I’m not sure if they’ve changed the Marine Corps course since I ran it more than 10 years ago but I remember feeling like we kept running circles around the Pentagon parking lot! Otherwise, it was a pretty course.
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    • Thanks for the insight! I will always love NYC Marathon because it was my first. I am scared another race won’t compare!

  14. I have run MCM twice now and just registered for this year today!! I am totally in love with this race and don’t have one bad thing to say about it! LOVE it!! Glad to see you are back to running!
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  15. I’ve never run a marathon, but I volunteered at MCM this past year and had an absolutely incredible experience. It has great crowd support, and its incredible to spend the day alongside the Marines, whether as a runner or a volunteer.
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  16. Loved love Chicago, one of my all time favorite races! I really want to run MCM. One day the timing will work.

    Great training week!
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  17. Great week of training! I’m still on the post-operation training embargo *sigh* so nothing for me :/
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  18. I’ve never run either event but Chicago is definitely on my bucket list of marathons I’d love to run!
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