Chicago Marathon Training Week 5

I was scrolling through #chicagomarathon on Twitter and then saw that we are under 100 days to go! The race will be here before we know it…kinda scary!

So far, training has been going really well knock on wood. Not much pain or fatigue. Again, knock on wood.

Here’s my recap of last week:

Monday: 6 miles. This workout was tough because it was something like 70% humidity out and almost 90 degrees. We were supposed to do a 1 mile warm up, then 8×2:20 minutes at 10K/half marathon effort, with 30 sec. break, and then repeat that one more time before a 1 mile cooldown. It sucked. I felt like I was really struggling. Which prompted me to write about this post about running by effort.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: 10 miles. We did 6 outside and 4 on the treadmill due to thunderstorms. For some reason I was really doubting myself all week about this. I didn’t know if I could do it…though I knew I technically COULD since I can run 8 miles no problem, but I guess the double digit aspect of it scared me. But we did it!

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Thursday: 60 minute recovery run. Ended up running about 5 miles. We took it sloooowwww…

Friday: 60 minute run. Felt pretty good! We ran each mile a tiny bit faster (though mile 3-4 was slow because of a long hill), and ended with the last mile in 9:30. We ran 6 miles total. Also, I just started using Strava and love it! How do I add people? If you’re on there let me know!

Saturday: Rugged Maniac 5K. I did this obstacle course/mud run with my sister and it was so much fun! Skipped a few obstacles and am still sore today from it. I think all that climbing. Clearly need to work on my uppder body strength haha.

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It was fun doing a race just for fun and with my sister. I was really nervous leading up to it but I think I would do it again next year! I’ll be writing up a recap later this week.


I can’t believe I’m already at 30 miles! This week I am aiming for 33-35 miles. I am running the NYRR Run To Breathe 4 miler Saturday (anyone else), but plan on running 6-8 beforehand to get in my long run that day. I am sick of my usual running routes and running in NYC always makes the long runs go by faster.

Have you ever done a mud run? Did you like it? If not, what kind of  “specialty race” do you want to try (color run, mud run, etc.)?


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  1. Fun week! and 30 miles! WOO! I just did a Spartan Race yesterday – fun but also… OOCH!
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  2. I would love to convince my sister to do a race with me! Haha, I am not sure that will happen. I am doing a Tough Mudder at the end of August and I can only IMAGINE how I will feel afterwards. I am so glad to hear you pushed through that mental block on Tuesday after a tough run on Monday. Sounds like training is great!
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  3. looks like a good, strong week for you! What is the NYRR 4 miler? Might have to look this up! I’ll be in NYC for Blogher later this week :)
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  4. long runs on treadmills are a true test! Looks like you are ready for anything in those pics. Have a great week
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  5. Great job on that treadmill run…I remember having a 7 mile treadmill run when on vacation in Jamaica….thank goodness for music, otherwise I don’t know if would have gotten through it!

    I didn’t realize how many obstacle runs are held in the summer. I signed up for Tough Mudder and it’s going to be in mid-October…nervous! Congrats on reaching the 30 mile mark!
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  6. Great week! I saw that you got that treadmill run done. Good for you!
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  7. You are a brave lady! I can’t bring myself to get into those mud runs. Looks like you had a blast though!
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  8. What a great week of running! I also like using races to help break up my training. It helps in keeping training fun.
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  9. 30 miles?! That’s awesome!
    My Tuesday runw as similar to your Monday run. After a mile of suck I decided to focus on getting through the run and not on my pace because pace wasn’t happening.
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  10. I am terrified of mud runs. Heard too many scare stories about bacteria and all of that nonsense.
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  11. Great week of training! You’re going to do so well at Chicago. Less than 100 days to Chicago – that means my marathon is even sooner! I’ve never done a mud or color run – I’m oddly paranoid about inhaling stuff or slipping and spraining my ankle.
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  12. Nice job on your training week. 30 miles is awesome! Good luck on your race. Nothing like a little 4 mile race at the end of your long run. :-)
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  13. I have not done a mud run, don’t think I will! I’m scared of injury. Plus, we’ve had so much rain this summer that a regular run is a mud run for me.
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  14. I have never done a mud/obstacle run. i’m such a clutz that I know I would injure myself and then be pissed because it would interfere with my training, lol. They look like fun, but I’ll be avoiding them! Looks like a great training week for you!! And man, where did the time go? Only 100 days left?
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  15. You’re rocking your training Patty! I love mud/obstacle runs and the Rugged Maniac sounds awesome.
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  16. Great week of training!! Your mud run looks like so much fun!
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  17. The only “specialty” run I’ve ever done is Ragnar. I’m not really interested in the others, not sure why.

    I had to run 10 miles this week for my long run and it was psyching me out. Nevermind that I ran two marathons 2 months ago… My brain is just weak LOL.
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  18. Looks like you had a great week of training. I saw you post on insta about the mud run and it looked like fun. I’ve never done one before, but it’s on my fitness bucket list. Maybe one day :D
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  19. Looks like you had a great week (out of many). So excited for Chicago :)
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