Chicago Marathon Training Week 1 + Oakley Mini 10K Race Recap

And just like that, week 1 of marathon training is in the books! I had a good week and ran almost 23 miles total, which is the highest I’ve done in months. So far, no shin pain at all (knock on wood), which is great. I have been massaging them daily, and although they are sore after hard runs, I am not feeling pain while walking or going up and down stairs…yet…*crossing fingers*

Okay let’s jump into it:

Monday: 3 mile treadmill run + strength. I haven’t done strength in forever and I was already sore before I even left the gym. All from using a 15 lb. kettlebell. So crazy how your body loses strength so fast. I used to be able to squat close to 100 lbs. and now get sore after using 15 lbs. 

Tuesday: 4 mile treadmill run + arms. I was with my sister and she wanted to lift so we did a little arms circuit and some abs.

Wednesday: NJ Summer XC Series 5K. You can read more about this race in my other recaps. This was the third time I ran it and it was pretty bad. I did a 1.5 mile warm up, ran the 5K, then a .25 mile cooldown because I just couldn’t move my legs anymore. They felt like lead throughout and I had to stop and walk a few times. To put it in perspective, race 1 was in 30:50, race 2 was in 30:13, this one was in 33:20.


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Yikes. I also know that part of it was just that my body was tired. I ran a 4 mile race on Sunday, and then Monday and Tuesday (see above) were workouts and/or lifting sessions.

Thursday: OFF

Friday: easy 3 miles. Just a shakeout run before the 10K on Satuday

Saturday: Oakley Mini 10K. Half mile warmup, 10K, 1 mile cooldown. 7.7 total miles

TOTAL MILES: ~23 miles

Oakley Mini 10K Recap

The Oakley Mini 10K is a great, all-women’s race. This is my second year running it with my mom, and I just love the atmosphere and everyone who comes out to cheer. It was a hot and humid day, and all week I was honestly dreading this race.

A few days before I even relegated myself to thinking I’d just walk most of it. I know, such negative thinking. But humidity kills my runs. I have exercised induced asthma so it just makes it harder to breathe. Luckily, I got my inhaler prescription refilled (it’s been a few months since I’ve used one), and it helped  A LOT!

I started off super easy, around 10:45-10:50 pace and just thought, once I get over the 2 huge hills in the first 5K, I’ll pick it up. Both of those hills in the beginning are 400 meters long! My hill training has paid off because once I crested the hill I was able to speed up on the flat portion/downhill.

After the hills, I started taking water breaks at each station (so from miles 3-5). I would speed up when I saw the sign for water up ahead, quickly drink it while walking, then pick it up back before settling into a pace again. At mile 6, my mom said we should do 1 minute pickups with 1 minute jog for recovery. Usually this helps us run a bit of a faster pace, so we did it.

Once I got to mile 5, I knew I was on pace for a PR and knew I had to keep it up. I was pretty excited as I got to mile 6 and knew I would PR. I felt surprisingly good despite the heat and humidity. Even my sister was like, “wow you actually didn’t look like you were going to die this time around.” I think this photo of my mom and me at the finish captures it :-P


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I’ve ran 1:03 in a long run before for 10K but I don’t count that. 1:07 is my new 10K race PR! I know it’s nothing crazy and ultimately I’d love to be closer to 1 hour if not less, but after the last 2 races in Central Park where I felt totally defeated, this was a great race.

I’m really excited to continue training for the Chicago Marathon with Coach Marc, and I’ve been feeling great the past few weeks. It’s a lot different when you come into marathon training with base miles behind you (duh). The past few times I’ve started marathon or half marathon training, I’ve come into with zero base miles. 

Next up is the Achilles 5 Miler, once again in Central Park…need to do those 9 NYRR Races to qualify for the 2016 NYC Marathon!

Who else is running Chicago Marathon? Or a big fall race?


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  1. Not me–I might be moving this summer so all of my plans are up in the air!
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  2. Shoe twin! Looks like you had a great time with your mom. I love that!

    I’m not doing Chicago – or any marathon, ever again lol – but the Space Coast half is my big fall/winter race. I’m so excited for it.
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  3. I’m glad you were able to get your inhaler prescription refilled so you could enjoy your race. :)
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  4. I’m really considering signing up for a fall race because now that I just finished a marathon it would be great to keep up that base. But I always say that and then seem to not keep up the miles. ha ha
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  5. Looks like training is off to a good start! Congrats on your PR as well!
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  6. Woohoo!!!!!! Congrats on the PR! Running in that heat is not easy and you rocked it, especially considering you thought you’d be walking most of it! You’re pics are awesome, too! I heard this race was awesome. I’m sad I missed it but I have the Queens 10K next weekend. Are you doing that one?
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    • I’m next NYRR is the Boomer 4miler, are you in that one? I’m excited for the 5K on August 6th too!

  7. Really great job on the race – PR can make even the worst conditions SO worth it. I will be doing the Twin Cities marathon, the weekend before Chicago, which means we are almost on the same training timeline! I am looking forward to following along on your current marathon training journey!

  8. Looks like a great week of training! I haven’t started official marathon training yet, but I run so much normally, that my coach will have me start training in a few weeks. I hope we can connect at the race!
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  9. I really like the all women’s races so much better. They have a really different vibe don’t they? Congrats
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  10. I’ve seen a lot of recaps from Oakley 10K – looks like a FUN race! Congrats on the PR :)
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  11. congrats on your PR! i am running wineglass, which is the same weekend as chicago so our training schedules are pretty synced up :)
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    • I was debating on wine glass last year but decided not to. Can’t wait to read about your training and see your thoughts on that race!

  12. Gosh its already time to start marathon training! I’m running Twin Cities the week before Chi and I haven’t even started. I’ll be in Chi cheering for you though!
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  13. Congrats on a great first week of marathon training! Hopefully you remain pain free as you continue your training.
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  14. I wish I had known you were running! I went running in the park before the race and saw all the crowds when I ended. Way to go on a PR. I just did weights today after over a week off and I’m already sore. I lose strength quickly.
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  15. Chicago is one of my all time favorite races. You’re off to a great start!
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  16. Congrats on the PR! Well done! Sounds like you had a solid first training week too :)
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  17. Well done! Running in humidity is tough! I’ve been incorporating your tips for hill running in my runs and it is definitely helping me conquer them. :)
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  18. The humidity kills my runs too, it’s definitely tough!! Way to go on your PR though! That is great!! Such a great feeling isn’t it?!
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  19. Great shot! You two look so happy! :D
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  20. Great week to kick off your training! Someday I want to run the Chicago Marathon, but since it’s so far away it’ll be a while before I do that. This fall I’m running the Portland (OR) Marathon, which is right around the same time as Chicago.
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  21. Nice meeting you today Patty! I love that you and your mom run together! Congrats on the PR! No fall races for me because I am moving, I will pick up again next year!
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  22. Congrats on a new PR! I just signed up for 2 NYRR races so hopefully we can catch up at one of them! Have a great week of training!
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    • Thanks! Which races are you signed up for? I signed up for the Boomer Run to Breathe 4 Miler as my next one.

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