Chicago Marathon Training Week 6

Not the greatest training week but not the worst. Writing this in my hotel in Myrtle Beach so let’s just jump right into it…(yay for being on vacation for 9 days!):

Monday: Easy 5 miles

Tuesday: Off

Wednesday: 5K time trial. I was supposed to run the trail series I have done a few times this summer, but had to go shopping with Dan for our vacation, so I had to run earlier. Decided to do a time trial on my own and was actually very surprised! My splits were: 9:22, 9:07, 8:42 and the last .1 in 7:45! I finished in 27:47! Only 2 minutes behind my all-time PR. It started pouring halfway in and that just always gives me a boost. I felt so strong throughout and felt like I could have maybe even pushed harder. Excited to see this type of progress continue with Coach Marc!

Thursday: 5 recovery miles. Really struggled on this run. Slooowwww miles. I hate recovery runs because I just feel so slow!

Friday: 8 miles. The long run that wasn’t. My mom and I went out for 12 miles but as soon as I hit mile 1 I just knew it wasn’t my day. Did not feel good and my shins were hurting. Decided I’d turn back at 4 miles and we finished with 8. I figured I’d make up some miles before my race on Saturday. Found this quote that was relevant…must remember not all runs will be good.


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Saturday: 7.2 miles total. Wanted to go for anywhere from 8-10 but it started POURING during the Run To Breathe 4 Mile race in Central Park (and lightning), so they cancelled the race (as soon as we crossed the finish line no joke) and told everyone to evacuate the park. My mom and I had done a 2.7 mile warm up, then the 4 miles, then a .5 mile cooldown. I’d say overall it was a fun race and as always, felt kinda bad@$$ running in pouring rain!



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Sunday: off…traveling to Myrtle Beach! :-)


My goal was anywhere from 33-35, but some days are just not good run days, what can you do. I tried to get as close to 30 as possible, and that will be my goal this week too. I know runs will be tough because of the heat and humidity AND I know I won’t be getting a long run in (let’s be real). But I’m going to try to run anywhere from 5-7 miles daily.

What are your tips for running in humidity and/or on vacation?? I’d love to hear them!


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  1. I think you are doing so well with your training… and I have been learning the hard way lately about crappy runs too! Hope you have a really good week.
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  2. I love that you and your mom run together. Rock stars!
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  3. Run slow and early are all I have for the heat and humidity. Not trying to hit paces AT ALL. I’ve hit heat exhaustion before and it is NOT pretty.

    I always workout on vacation – just feels good to start the day right and especially when I am going to be in a bikini all day I love having had a good sweat first to feel my best!
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  4. So neat you and your mom run together! And I agree some runs just are not meant to be. You rocked the run in the rain though!
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  5. I hope you have a wonderful vacation!
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  6. It’s been insanely hot and humid here. I thought I might die yesterday on a bike run brick! I just adjust my expectations and drink a lot more.
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  7. You’re doing great with your training! I always work out on vacation, even if it’s a modification of what my workout should be – something is always better than nothing and I know it will help me feel my best while indulging a bit more and being off of my normal routine. Enjoy your vacation!
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  8. Running while on vacation is always a challenge. Kudos to you for getting as many miles in as you did.
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  9. Wahoo! I think I’d die in hot/humid weather. I mean, we all find a way to make it work, but I am ever impressed with those who get out there and run in such unfriendly conditions.
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  10. i was just under 30 this week as well. solid efforts, patty!
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  11. I’m glad you crossed the finish line before they cancelled the race! And it’s hard to hit goal paces in this humidity. Great job on your runs this week!
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  12. The humidity is killing me as well but you are rocking it (I end up taking to my treadmill which only hurts me when then I have to go long outside on the weekend).
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  13. Every time I intend to run on vacation it never happens. I usually just schedule it in as a rest week if I can!

  14. Ooof. That’s a lot of running! My legs are tired just thinking about it!

    The name of the game this summer is to stay hydrated and gut it out. It is hot and humid and everyone’s running is suffering. However, consistent training through the summer is going to lead to PRs all fall and all winter. You’ll see! You are doing great! Keep it up!
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  15. Ooof. That’s a lot of running! My legs are tired just thinking about it!

    The name of the game this summer is to stay hydrated and gut it out. It is hot and humid and everyone’s running is suffering. However, consistent training through the summer is going to lead to PRs all fall and all winter. You’ll see! You are doing great! Keep it up!
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  16. For humidity, the best I can say is the earlier the better. And, I tend to adjust my expectations and run my route along water fountains.
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  17. Uggh I wish I had tips for running in the humidity. It’s pretty bad here in DC too. Not sure, I may be thankful that I have the boys and am stuck on the treadmill to avoid the heat! Bummer about the race getting cancelled, I always feel pretty bad ass when I run in the rain! As for the long run that wasn’t, you made the right call…I’ve learned to always listen to my body!! Great week!
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  18. Looks like you had a great week to me and with the heat we have been haing kudos to you!
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  19. I heard about the pending rain so ran 6 miles in Central Park on Friday. Love it there! Have a great time in Myrtle Beach – one of my favorite places!
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  20. Looks like you had a great send of week of training before some vacation time. Have a great time at the beach!
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  21. Running in humidity is so hard! I just keep telling myself that ANY effort is good effort, and even though I feel like I’m dying, this will pay off in the Fall ;)
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  22. Every time I read your training updates I want to run Chicago again! Humidity is tough but imagine how easy it will feel to run in the fall.
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  23. Sounds like a good week, regardless of official mileage! Hopefully next (this) week is even better!
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  24. So cool that you run with your mom. I run with my dad and it’s awesome.

    When I’m on vacation, I try to get up and get the run over early so it doesn’t interfere with things. I’ve also been known to switch weeks up so I don’t have a really long run. And I allow myself to take an extra rest day if we are busy. As long as I hit most of my runs, I call it good.
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  25. Don’t you just hate that when it starts to pour in the middle of your workout. That happened to me on Tuesday when I worked out on my lunch break at the beach. Literally 5 minutes into my workout it started pouring, but then we walked the 1/2 block over A1A and it was all sunshine and rainbows LOL.
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