Chicago Marathon Training Week 14

I really can’t believe the marathon is so close! I have zero clue what to expect out of this race…but my mom and I will be shooting for a PR (anything below 4:50). 

I know last week I said I would try to hit 40 miles this past week, but I actually ended up changing my plan for the week. Originally, I would be doing my last longer run (18 miles), but since I had done 17 the week before, I decided to take a down week and do 10 instead, and move the 18 miles to this week. So with the shorter run, it made for less miles on the week.

I was feeling pretty fatigued so some runs also ended up only being 3 miles instead of 5-6. I figured a down week would be ok before going into this peak week.

Here’s last week’s training:

Monday: Off

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: 3 miles. Ever have those runs where you feel tired and out of breath from the start? This was one of those runs. It was also hot and humid (yet again), so instead of going for 5-6 I just turned back at 1.5 miles. Blah.

Thursday: 10 miles. It’s so funny how after a bad run you can have a great run. I was thankful for the rainy day because it meant less heat. Since it was thunderstorming when I got out of work, my mom and I ran 3 miles instead until the rain dissipated. Then we headed outside, and although it was a light drizzle, it felt nice! We did 6 miles outside (at tempo pace), then 1 mile on the treadmill (because it was getting dark). Finished with strides.


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Friday: 3 recovery miles.

Saturday: Off. 

Sunday: 6 total miles. 5th Avenue Mile (recap coming this week) + warm up and cool down miles. Ran it in 7:38…not my best (past 5th Ave Miles have been 7:07 and 7:20), but actually better than I thought I would do on tired legs from marathon training. I just gunned it and ran the first 2 quarter miles in 1:45, but then slowed from there lol. I want to keep writing but I’ll save it for my recap!


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Pretty cool I got to get a pic with Meb (and he fist bumped me when I told him I tried to run as fast as him lol). 

This week I am hoping to get over 40, then one more weak around 40 range, then it is TAPER TIME. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? Because I can’t.

Have any of you ran the 5th Avenue Mile/any mile race? I think it’s my favorite race distance.

If you could meet any elite runner or athlete in general, who would it be?


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  1. GREAT week! so jealous you got a pic with Meb! I love him! You’re gonna crush your marathon goal, I can feel it.
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  2. How very COOL to get a fist bump from Meb and a picture, too. You look so happy! Hope you have another great week of training!
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  3. i haven’t raced a mile since high school. i’d love to do it though!
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  5. You met MEB, that’s so awesome! I would fan girl so hard.

  6. You got fist-bumped by Meb! How cool is that?!?
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  7. We all have those bad runs sometimes. Can’t let it get you down. You are almost there. Have a great week
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  8. Great week!
    My training has been a mix of good and bad, so I’m trying to just go with it :)
    I’m pumped to read your mile recap – I’m pretty sure I’d get sick if I were to race a mile.
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  9. So cool that you got to meet (and fist-bump) Meb! He is one of my absolute favorite runners. I think I would probably die if I met Sara Hall. She’s my idol, both in running and in just being a good person. Good luck on your training this week – you can do this 40+ week! :)
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  10. I caught the last few seconds of the race (literally), and it still got me all excited! I remember that race being run when I was in NYC, even before I was a runner, it was so cool!
    I’m with you–I don’t know what to expect from the race. I’m just going to run the best one I can, and see what happens!
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  11. Ah! Meb! How cool!

    One of my coworkers did this mile and loved it! I’m so not a sprinter, so I don’t think it would be so fun for me, but the concept is cool.

    In my life before kids, I used to work in pro sports, so I met and worked with some big names. I would love to meet Meb, because he seems really humble and awesome. I also never had the chance to meet Payton Manning – he’s a favorite.
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  12. Where’s the jealous button?!? Cherish that picture of you and Meb!
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  13. That’s awesome you got a photo with Meb! Good luck on knocking out those 40 miles this week!

  14. I would love to meet Meb, Shalane or Kara! Actually Deena Kastor would be pretty awesome too! Great job realizing that you were fatigued and cutting back the runs. That’s exactly what you needed! Listen to that body!
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  15. I am actually really looking forward to my taper! This will be my highest mileage week (I’ll hit close to 40) and then it’s time to cut back!
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  16. Pretty sure I would choose Bo Jackson. I’m like obsessed with documentaries on him. I wish I could just follow him around for a day and he would tell me awesome stories about how he used to train.
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  17. Awesome that you got to meet Meb!!! Great job on the race!
    I love the Chicago Marathon – you are going to have such a blast!
    Good for you cutting back and resting. I hope you have a great week of training!
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  18. Meb at the finish line? How amazingly cool! I actually want to meet ultra runner Larisa Dannis, she is a New Hampshire Girl and has had huge success after training with the MAF method. Good luck with the end of your training! You are going to have an awesome marathon!
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  19. Nice job! I love Meb. I saw him at a few Rock N Roll Races years and years ago.
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  20. Week 14 already? It seems like this training cycle has gone by super fast. Does it feel that way to you?

    Meb at the finish line is so cool!
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