Chicago Marathon Training Week 3 + 4

Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve opened up my WordPress to write something (it’s been, like, a week haha).

Time to get back into the swing of things! So I’m just going to jump right into my recaps of training for week 3/4 of training (so this past week and the week before that.

Mon. June 22 - Off

Tues. June 23 – XT (lifting). Decided to use my XT this day, I forget why. But I was SO SORE for days after. I did abs and an upper body routine which you can find linked below in my 8 mile recap.

Wed. June 24 - 8 mile workout/treadmill run. Longest treadmill run to date! I really liked this workout by Coach Marc. It didn’t feel super challenging and I liked running around 9:40ish pace…which will hopefully be my marathon pace in October!


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Yeah my shirt had an embarassing amount of sweat on it afterwards…

Thurs. June 25 - 5 miles (recovery). I hate recovery runs because I feel SO SLOW but I like recovery runs because I can run as slow as I want ;)

Fri. June 26 - 3 miles fast. I was crunched for time so my mom and I went out for a 3 miler…though as we started running we just naturally started running faster. She was ahead of me for most of the run and in my mind I was practicing catching up to her and “reeling her in” which I did with about a half mile to go! I felt awesome, and we finished in about 27:30 which is fast for me.

Sat. June 27 - 6 miles. Ran in the rain! I forgot how peaceful and relaxing that can be. Though I really hate when your socks get soaked. Are there waterproof socks or sneakers?? Refueled with my favorite protein powder afterwards!


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Sun. June 27 - 4 easy-ish miles. Easy-ish because we threw in 6 hill repeats in the middle, but not sprints…just normal pace, running up and down.


Week 4 was kind of a bust…

Mon. June 29 - Off. It was a crazy hectic day which I will recap in my Cape Cod trip post (I was there from Tuesday-Friday). It involved the DMV/inspection station, that says it all right? ;)

Tues. June 30 - Off. Traveling to Cape Cod. Woke up at 5 am and left around 5:45 am for the 5 hour drive.

Wed. July 1 - Off. Meant to run but didn’t. Packed day of doing touristy things and a one hour drive back and forth to Provincetown.

Thurs. July 2 - 7 miles. Had an awesome workout! I like this workout by Coach Marc as well. It’s repeats of 5 minutes at 5K effort. Feels challenging but you know you only have minutes to go before you get a 1 minute break. Felt really strong throughout the run.


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and this is where the week went downhill…

Fri. July 3 -  5 miles. It was a blah run. Recovery run after yesterday’s workout but I felt tired and weak. This was also after driving 5 hours back home and not eating lunch, so that probably had something to do with it. Still proud of myself for getting out there as soon as I got back though. Who wants to run after a day of driving/traveling?

Sat. July 4 - Off. I really wanted to complete 28 miles this week, and on this day was supposed to do 10 miles. But my calf was killing me. It started hurting after my 7 mile run on Thursday, and even my friend commented on how I was walking weird. It was tight and felt like it would cramp at any moment, and my right shin was super sore. I decided to take off for the weekend. I figured I could do it this early in the training season without too much repercussions and could use it as a “cut back week.” Right??

Sun. July 5 - Off. Though I did do 30 minutes of pool running since I was at my complex’s pool.


I really need a deep tissue massage on my calf muscles. Any suggestions? Should I find a masseuse who does sports massages? I saw Massage Envy does deep tissue massages with BioFreeze now for athletes. Has anyone tried it? I am open to any and all suggestions!!

If you’re training for a marathon, how is your training going? 

Do you get bummed when you miss days of running or do you just move on and forget about it?


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  1. I am the worst if I miss a work out. I beat myself up about it all day long and it’s really not a healthy habit. I always try to remind myself that life happens and it will all work out. Can’t believe you can do those long runs on a treadmill! So impressed
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  2. I do vote for the deep tissue massage! I foam roll often but it is not the same is it? Have a great week. Random question-do you screen shot the instagram photo to get them on here or is there another way? TIA
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  3. Love that picture of you in the water! Great! Hope this week is better for you.
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  4. I spy a UAE 10K Shirt! Woohoo! haha. I just started training for The Dopey Challenge. I got in all my runs, but missed my cross training workouts. I always feel guilty for missing, but I’m back at it this week :)
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    • I need to be better with XT as well! What’s your next NYRR race? I’ll be at the Run To Breathe next weekend.

  5. I would definitely find a massage therapist that specializes in sports therapy. I finally found one that does and it has made a world of difference. A chiropractor may help as well…one that does Graston and or ultrasound. I can’t live without mine!! He has worked wonders on my calves!
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  6. Sorry to hear that this past week didn’t go as you’d hoped. While its difficult to not be disappointed, just remember that you’re still early in your training and that the lack of miles last week won’t have much of an impact in the long run.
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  7. Next week the twitter chat I co-host Monday at 4pm EST where we bust a common #fitmyth is talking about running! Fleet Feet is sponsoring us! Hope you will join, looks like running is one of your passions!

  8. Maybe check and see if your local running group or store has any local recommendations for a sports massage? I think it would definitely be worth it! Great job rolling with the punches in the second week; it’s just part of life sometimes that things don’t always work the way we plan, but it looks like you will be in great shape for your marathon with all the quality training you’re getting in.
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  9. I love standing in the ocean after a long run!
    My calves are always sore and tight, but have found compression socks, foam rolling and heel raises exercises have helped immensely.
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  10. Looks like your training is going well! It’s always frustrating to miss workouts, even on vacation, but one week isn’t going to derail training and you still got in some great runs. I used to get these weird but so good ultrasound massages for my calves when I was in physical therapy for an ankle injury. They felt so good!
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  11. You’re doing awesome with your training! Keep it up and realize all that you accomplish with every run.
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