As I mentioned in my last training update, I’m kind of freaking out about Chicago. Only 8 more weeks of training! I guess what’s going on is I’m comparing this training cycle to my last marathon training cycle in 2013, where I was hitting 50 miles at this point in training. This past week I ran 33 miles (maybe 34. I don’t know, but I’ll get into that).
I feel like I should be running more, and it IS my fault for not doing so. I didn’t run the day after this week’s long run because my body was just so physically exhausted, I knew I needed a rest day. When you get 10 hours of sleep and are STILL tired, and then nap for 2 hours and are STILL tired, I think it means you need to just take it easy…right? I know I could be running more miles daily, but I have also been a little conservative because of my shin issues.
I keep telling myself that yes, I ran 50 miles in my NYC Marathon buildup in 2013, but I also ended up not being able to run for 2 weeks because of severe posterior tibialis tendonitis. I read somewhere that the best buildup is, “running as little miles as possible where you can still win.” My “win” will be if I can finish this marathon feeling strong like I did in 2013.
I just really, REALLY don’t want a repeat of my 2011 marathon where I barely finished and puked at the end. Ugh.
Anyway, here’s last week’s training:
Wednesday: 6 miles. Easy run on one of my favorite running routes. Check out the contrast between fall and summer! I love running on this road in the fall.
Thursday: This was where the mileage started suffering. I THOUGHT I was going to run 15-16 miles Friday, so my mom and I only ran 3 miles this day. Story continued below…
Friday: 3 miles. Ugh. I was supposed to do the long run but oops, didn’t wake up on time. Woke up at 8, and by the time we got dressed, ate, drove to where we were going to run, etc. it was 10 AM. We started the run with every intention of finishing the long run, but ended up deciding to just wake up earlier Saturday morning to get it done.
Saturday: 14-15 miles?? I’m glad we waited to run today because we got to check out Summer Streets in NYC! Park Avenue is closed to traffic from 7am-1pm and they have rest stops all along the way (and water fountains). Perfect for long runs and fueling/hydration.
I thought we did 15 miles, because according to Strava we did. But then when I mapped it out on mapmyrun.com, it was 14 miles. So who knows. Check out these lines on my Strava map. Can anyone tell me why this happened? Poor signal? Now I’m annoyed that we didn’t get the mileage that we needed to.
Sunday: Off. Was going to run 3-4 recovery miles but I was so exhausted. I slept till 10 am, then Dan and I went to the Mets game, and I no joke was falling asleep in my seat. I probably did doze off for like 10 minutes. Then I slept on our whole drive back home (1.5 hours). The plan was to run when we got home but I was just so exhausted. I figured those 3 miles wouldn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
TOTAL MILES: 33-ish
I don’t know why I’m still feeling like I need to be in the 40-50 range. Many of you have told me you’re in the same range as I am. I was even googling “Chicago Marathon Training Week XYZ” last night to see what other people are at. I really can’t tell you why I am so nervous about this!! Next week’s goal is to hit 40 or surpass it. That will make me feel better I think.
Anyone else freaking out in their marathon buildup? What are you most nervous about come race day?
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