Chicago Marathon Training Week 2

I’m glad today is a rest day (I’m making it one) because my achilles is killing me for some reason. It really hurts going down the stairs and I really hope it’s just soreness. 

Here’s how last week’s training went:

Monday: off

Tuesday: yoga class (ShoeBuy event), then 3 miler. I could barely finish this run. Of course as I started running the rain stopped, and the sun came out. Making it a really hot and muggy run. I had to stop and walk a few times, and basically walked the last half mile. 

Wednesday: 6 miles. 1.5 mile warm up, 5×5 minutes at 5K effort with 1 min. rest in between, 1.5 mile cooldown. Actually felt really great! Also probably because the weather was actually good for running (low 70s, cloudy, no humidity).


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I was dreading this workout because I doubted myself (once again) but then ended up feeling really good running at a harder pace.

Thursday: off (it was my brother’s graduation day)

Friday: Long run – 7 miles. We were supposed to do 8 but AGAIN was not feeling good because of the heat and humidity. I’m still adjusting and it sucks how it affects your running. For me, it’s mainly my breathing. I feel really out of breath throughout the run, which makes me stop and walk to catch me breath. So I cut this run short.

Saturday: 5 miles. After a crappy run yesterday, I decided to do something harder today. I did a 1 mile warmup, 1 mile time trial (8:27), 2×800, 1×400, a few strides, then 1 mile cooldown. I felt good during the run (and it was drizzling and cool out!), but afterwards my achilles got really tight and still hurts today. Really hoping this goes away.

Sunday: easy 3 mile recovery run.

TOTAL: 24 miles

This week, my goal is to start lifting regularly. I plan on going today and Wednesday…perhaps Friday too, we’ll see. My mom and I want to do our long runs on Friday evenings so that our weekends are freed up. I really prefer this to waking up early on a Saturday (and also sacrificing plans in the summer with friends).

So far, so good!

When do you prefer to do your long runs?


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  1. GAK! Summer training is tough because it seems harder to fit everything in! I prefer Saturday for longer runs myself. I am sure you will figure it all out. Have a great week.
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  2. Eek, summer training was the hardest when I was running. I often switched my Saturday long runs to Friday because it just felt like I was loosing so much of my weekend logging the miles on Saturday. Hooray for adding lifting! I’ve transitioned full time from running to lifting and love it =)
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    • Yes that is exactly why I switched too! I want my weekends to be free :) Well, I still need to run but at least it’s not 2-3 hours of my day!

  3. Heat and humidity can be such a beast to deal with.
    I do my long runs on Sunday, I’ve been doing it that way for 5 years that I’m finding it hard to want to change.
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  4. I prefer getting my long runs in on Saturday mornings, but toying with the idea of running them on Friday nights one day (I tried this past weekend, but didn’t happen).
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  5. j love my weight lifting days too! Hope that Achilles is feeling better today. Massage?
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  6. I like to do long runs in the weekend. Happy training and good job!
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  7. I sure hope your achilles calms down!
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  8. Nice week Patty! I used to do my long run religiously on Sunday mornings. Now it’s either Saturday or Sunday depending what we’ve got going on. Because it was so hot last week, I did it Friday morning. I’m getting flexible in my old age! ;)
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  9. i mostly run long saturday mornings. i don’t like running at night and like getting it over with. the humidity is killing me too!
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  10. Jealous of your 70-degree weather! That sounds heavenly right about now.

    I prefer to do my long runs during the week, before the sun comes up. I’ve been lazy about them, but that’s my ideal time.
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  11. Sorry to hear that your Achilles is bothering you. Hopefully after some extra rest you’ll be feeling as good as new!
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  12. Weekends are for long runs. Usually Saturday so I can leave Sunday open before beginning the work week. Hope you’re achilles is feeling better.
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  13. I absolutely love that you run with your Mom. I’m trying to get back into lifting regularly as well. It really helps.
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  14. Sounds like you had a good week! Hopefully your heel feels better soon :)
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  15. Great week of training! The heat and humidity are the worst but hopefully soon you’ll adjust. And I hope your achilles feels better soon!
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  16. I love doing long runs on weekend mornings, mostly because that means that brunch can come afterwards… Running in this heat has been super difficult. Kudos to you for pushing through. Looks like you are rocking training so far!
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    • I always see runners getting brunch after running and I wish I could! I just can’t eat after a long run. My stomach never feels right and I have zero appetite :(

  17. Way to get your miles in! I prefer Sundays which suck because my friends prefers Saturday!
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