Chicago Marathon Training Week 10

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:

Monday: 6 miles. Track workout. I talked more about this specific track workout here. 12 400 repeats with only 25 seconds of rest…killer! Thanks Coach Marc ;)


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Tuesday: Off

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.


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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.


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I thought we did 15 miles, because according to Strava we did. But then when I mapped it out on,  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.


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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  1. I used mapmyrun during summer streets last weekend – and going through the underpass at Grand Central caused the gps to mess up my splits – it shortened one of the miles and said I ran a 6:30 pace for it so I know that it was off! I ran extra to compensate it going haywire both times!
    I think it is hard to not fall into comparison trap when marathon training. I know people who only do 3 runs a week and train. I think if you are feeling physically strong on your long runs that is what matters!
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    • Yeah that must be what happened because one of my miles was at 8:11 and I was like yeah…that’s definitely off haha.

  2. I think you’re smart to be body aware and not risk injury. You still have time to build up your mileage without hurting yourself.

    I’m not exactly freaking out because my marathon isn’t until December, but I really want to build my base mileage before I start my training plan and that’s not happening because of the stupid heat! My weekly is okay, around 23-25, but I can’t seem to get beyond a 6 mile long run. I wanted to be up to 10 by the end of August.
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  3. I just can’t run two days in a row anymore so when I trained for my half, I did 3 runs per week and it worked out great. I know there is a book about running less …perhaps that might be something to look into for you.
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  4. You know I”m a low mileage marathon runner…and I had great results last year. No injuries either. You’ll be fine! Don’t get hung up on the numbers. Remember, quality over quantity.
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  5. Wow, that map is just nuts! My guess is that it was due to poor satellite reception because I cannot imagine you running like that.
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  6. Don’t worry! It’s so much more important to listen to your body. You have the endurance, and you still have 8 weeks! You’re going to be a.ok!
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  7. I’ve ran two marathons and barely hit a week where I ran 50 miles. You’re doing fine.
    But those lines, either you were drunk running or somethings up!
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  8. Interesting because I’m having the same worries but I’m running NYC. So this weekend I ran a 20 miler thanks to NYRR. And last week I ran a 14 miler. And the combo for my week is a Tuesday 5 miler speed work and a long run ranging from 14-20 miles. So just think you’re ahead of me. But I cannot run more than 3 days a week unless I would be super injured never mind the chronic stuff I have going on. Hopefully I’ll be able to add that short 3 miles in again next week! Have fun and don’t be stressed be EXCITED and ready.
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    • Thanks heather! You will love NYCM! Have you ran it before? I’ve done it twice and can’t wait to run it again next year.

  9. I echo what some of the others say and think you are being smart and listening to you body. Plenty of time! Hope your hip is feeling better?
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  10. definitely quality over quantity and listen to what your body is telling you! You’re still running several days a week so that’s a win in my book.
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  11. You are doing just fine and are going to be great! Listen to your body! My mom is running Chicago too- her first one. She did 17 on Saturday and 3 total runs this week.
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  12. I love all those photos of your runs, lots of good scenery. You got this Chicago marathon!
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  13. Patty you’ve got this! Keep reminding yourself how smart you’re being about training. Quality over quantity!
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  14. Definitely think your body is telling you something, and maybe that high of mileage isn’t working for you? For both of my marathons I peaked at 40 and that’s what I will be doing this time too. Most weeks are around 30 though. Quality over quantity for me.
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    • So true. I keep reminding myself it’s about the quality workouts and that if I’m tired or my shins hurt, it’s better to take a day off.

  15. I told you I’m a low-mileage girl and have BQ’d with peak weeks at 35 miles. No need to wig out. It will come together.
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  16. I don’t have a ton of great advice because I’ve never run in a marathon, but I would do whatever you need to do in training to avoid a post-race injury. It sounds like you have a game plan, though… good luck!!
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  17. Patty seriously you sound EXHAUSTED and your body is telling you to slow down. Don’t go overboard and then hurt yourself. Listen to your body and take the rest you need because it sounds like your body is starving for it right now. And don’t worry – you are going to do fine at your marathon.
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  18. eliz frank says:

    I’m with Jill and Diatta on this one… Quality over Quantity. You are listening to your body and you will accomplish your goal without a 2011 repeat. You go! :-)

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