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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 15

Peak week is over and now it’s taper time!

My 3rd 20 miler of this training cycle was one of my toughest runs lately. I’m sure it had a lot to do with the fact that I had just raced a half marathon a few days before it and it was pretty warm outside too. It was a mental struggle the entire run. I constantly was trying to think of excuses not to finish the run. I had a few times when I knew my husband was out driving with the kids and he could have picked me up very easily. I was so close to giving in but I stuck with it and accomplished the 20 miles.

 

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Somehow for this run I had forgotten all the tips and tricks of positive thinking that I’ve been working on for months. It is definitely a work in progress and I need to spend more time with it.

Keep reading below to find out how the rest of my training went for week 15.

 

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Weekly Workouts

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 15

Monday:  REST

I thought about cross training but ended up deciding that a morning of sleeping in and completely resting would probably be a good idea after my race yesterday. I just pushed all my running back one day to fit in this extra rest day.

Tuesday:  3.18 miles (10:02 pace)

My quads were not happy with me on my morning run today. Still sore from the speedy half marathon over the weekend but they felt much better by the time my run was over.

Wednesday: 6.2 miles (9:57 pace)

My training plan said 5-6 and running, although my legs were still tired, felt good and so I decided to complete the longer portion of the plan. This is peak week after all!

Thursday:  8.3 miles (9:20 pace)

I had grand plans for this workout but it didn’t work out this time around. My plan called for 1-2 warm up miles followed by 5-6 tempo miles and ending with 1-2 cool down miles. According to McMillan Running, my tempo pace should be 8:23-8:37. I started with 2 warm up miles and then ran an 8:38 for my 3rd mile. My legs were still tired from the half marathon on Sunday but I thought they would be o.k. The 4th mile was 8:46 and I knew at that point that I needed to be smart about this workout and stop the tempo right then. 8:46 was hard, really hard and I had to keep in mind that I was supposed to run 20 miles in two days. My goal changed to keeping it in my marathon pace range (9:23, 9:48, 9:23) and then I ended in a cool down mile.

Friday:  4.01 miles (9:31 pace)

I had a nice little progression run this morning (9:56, 9:43, 9:19, 9:05) on a new morning route. I was able to take a nice path around this lake 3 times and head home to meet my 4 mile goal.

Progression Run | amotherspace.net

 

Saturday:  20.05 miles (10:09 pace)

Ugh. It’s over. It’s a little funny how I’d been looking forward to this run all week and then it ended up being such an awful one.

Sunday: REST

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 41.64

September Running Miles: 112.00

2014 Running Miles: 1056.85

2014 Running Kilometers: 1700.84

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to bail on a run and call for a ride home?

 

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A Marathon Training Confession + Some Favorites

It’s marathon training peak week!

So far I’ve completed 17.58 miles and I have 24 more on the plan. That will put me at just over 41 miles for the week which, I believe, is my highest mileage week ever. The fact that this many miles happened the week after my half marathon race probably wasn’t the best planning on my part but it’s working out just fine. My legs took a little while to warm up during my running but felt they pretty good after I got going.

It’s almost TAPER time! Just 22 days until I get to run the streets of Chicago!

Friday is here so I’ve put together some of my favorites from the week along with a training confession. I’m sure I could write an entire post of training confessions but one will have to do for today.

Happy Friday, friends!

Instagram

Instagram Favorites | amotherspace.net

[one] Relaxing reading Runner’s World while the kids play in the backyard sounds perfect, right? My daughter disagreed! The magazine had to wait. [two] The finish line shot from my half marathon PR last weekend. It still makes me excited every time I think about it! [three] I was tagged this week to share 10 Things That Make Me Happy and one of them included sunrise running. [four] Last week I hit 1,000 miles for 2014. My highest mileage EVER and I still have a few more months of running to do. [five] I’m participating in the Daily Move, Nourish, Believe Instagram Challenge. It’s nice to slow down each day and think of ways to Move, Nourish and Believe. On this day I wrote that I wanted to enjoy the little moments every day.

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Interesting Reads

How to Run the Chicago Marathon by Coach Jenny [I need to read this every day for the next 22 days!]

Running Tips: Post Race Blues by Carly on Fine Fit Day

15 Strategies for Eating Well and Avoiding Take-Out During Busy Seasons on Keeper of the Home

Why I Won’t Be Setting a Time Goal for My Next Marathon by Tina on Fuel Your Future

An Update

Last week my dilemma was how to fit in my last 20 miler before the Chicago Marathon. I had a lot of great feedback, both on the blog and on twitter so I thought an update was in order. In the end I decided to postpone my run a week. I was leaning toward running a warm up mile or two before the race and then running 5 or 6 miles after the half to fit it all in. The biggest issue with this was that my family was spectating the race and I didn’t want to make them have to wait for me to run even longer. I just decided to run the 20 miles the following Saturday (tomorrow!!) instead of the 15-17 miles that were on my plan. I’m happy that I went with that option because I’ve been hearing more and more Chicago Marathon runners talking about their last 20 miler coming up this weekend. I won’t be the only one out running the long miles!

Confession: Is it weird that I’m looking forward to this run and I might even be a little sad when it’s over? Marathon training is tough and time consuming but there is just something about those crazy long runs.

Life Lately

My youngest has discovered gymnastics and can’t get enough of it. She has no fear and will jump from the trampoline into the foam pit without any help from me. She loves the mats, the bars and of course bouncing on the trampolines. I can’t wait to sign her up for a parent participation class when she turns 2 but right now the Toddler Time at the Y will have to do!

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Currently Reading

I’m still listening to The Goldfinch on Audible while I’m running and it’s pretty amazing. The dark mornings have put me at a standstill though because I don’t take my headphones along when it’s dark outside. I’m planning on getting a good chunk finished during my 20 miler on Saturday but I may have to break down and buy the book to finish reading it. I just can’t listen to it enough to finish the book as quickly as I want!

Weekend Plans

The Apple Orchard! I can’t wait to pick an apple off of the tree and take a bite. The kids had such a good time last year so they are very excited to pick apples again this year. We’re looking forward to applesauce, apple crisp and my daughter wants me to make apple cake. I’ve never made it before but I’m willing to find a new recipe!

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2013 Apple Orchard Visit

Does anyone have an apple cake recipe for me? Anyone else running one last super long run before the Chicago Marathon? Do you listen to audio books while running? What’s a favorite?

 

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Johnston’s Half Marathon Race Recap

Have you ever had a race day that came together perfectly from start to finish? I’ve had fun races and great races for a variety of reasons but I’ve never had that one perfect race. That is until now.

On Sunday I woke up early to get ready for the Johnston’s Half Marathon, a local race here in Wichita, KS. My husband and kids were coming along to spectate and so we had to get everyone out the door by 7:00 and shockingly we were in the car precisely at 7 a.m.

We arrived at the start line about 30 minutes before the start so we wondered over to a little outside zoo nearby so that I could warm up and the kids could eat their breakfast. A few dynamic stretches later and I was ready to go.

 

Johnston's Half Marathon | amotherspace.net

 

As the runners lined up for the start, I kissed my family goodbye and joined the racers. It was not a huge race, only 229 finishers, so the start line was laid back. Pretty soon the countdown was on and we were off.

This course is one of my favorites and goes through the Riverside area that I used to live in back when I was single. I’ve ran a lot of miles in this part of town and I love reminiscing about it during races.

 

Johnston's Half Marathon Race Recap | amotherspace.net

 

This entire race was either by the river on the bike paths or in a tree covered area in the park. It’s arguably the prettiest area of Wichita and my favorite place to run. For those reasons alone I will try and run this race every year even if I don’t specifically train for the half. This year it didn’t hurt anything that the weather was perfect as well. At race start it was 55 degrees and I don’t believe that it got much above 60 by the time I finished running.

 

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The Keeper of the Plains bridge that we ran over during the race.

 

During this race I tried to stay in a zone and just enjoy my surroundings as they happened. I glanced down at my watch occasionally and often found that I was well under my goal pace of 9:05 per mile. This was my first race with my new Forerunner 220 and I have to say that I loved it during the race. Being able to see my average pace for the mile that I was actually running was so helpful. Between that and looking at my overall average pace I knew exactly how I was doing on my goal.

 

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Mile 6 was my fastest and it was no coincidence that happened during the same mile that I saw my family. Giving them high fives and seeing them cheer for me gave me a huge burst of energy. I was feeling great at this point in the race and my speed just naturally increased.

For this race I packed two Honey Stinger Vanilla Gels and only ended up eating one in the 10th mile. I also relied on the water stops and did not carry my handheld like I normally do. I don’t want to carry water during the Chicago Marathon and this was the test run to try it out. Normally I don’t like slowing down at the water stops and I’m not coordinated enough to drink from a cup and run at the same time. So during this race I just slowed to a walk for a few steps to get a small drink and then I was able to get right back into my pace. It gave me the confidence to leave my handheld at home and feel o.k. about relying on the Chicago water stops.

 

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There were so many times while I was down by the river or running on the path by all the trees that I wanted to stop and take a picture. I was so tempted to try and get out my phone and take a shot while running but I kept it in my FlipBelt. It was a beautiful day out but I don’t have many photos to show for it!

My plan was to run the race around my goal pace (9:05) and then kick it in gear during the last two miles if I felt good about it. I was under my goal pace by quite a lot and decided that I would just run what felt easy (about a 8:5x pace) and then speed up in the last two miles. The problem with this was that I was so completely in a zone that I didn’t even realize I was in the last mile of the race until it was almost half way over. At that point I sped up because I was just coasting along. This means that maybe I’m not done with the PR’s yet!

What amazes me about this race and what makes it the ‘perfect’ race for me was that at no time did I feel like I couldn’t meet or exceed my goal. My goal being, of course, that I wanted to finally run a sub-2 half marathon. I know it had a lot to do with the weather and the fact that I am training for a marathon which means running long miles every weekend. But the biggest key to this PR was my mental training for the race. I’m working on a post that I’ll publish soon to share what has been helping me with the mental side of running.

So, yes, you read that right. I crushed my previous half marathon best by over 5 minutes and set a huge PR on this course. I finally, after 8 half marathons, have raced one in under 2 hours. It is huge for me and I even got a little emotional after I crossed the finish line.

 

Johnston's Half Marathon | amotherspace.net

Source: Running Connection

 

Official Distance: 13.1 miles

Forerunner 220 Distance: 13.18 miles

Official Time: 1:57:02

Forerunner 220 Time: 1:57:04

Official Average Pace: 8:56

Forerunner 220 Average Pace: 8:53

Age Placement: 6 out of 27

Overall Placement: 88 out of 229

14 in 2014: Race #11

 

Have you had a race or a run lately where everything came together for that perfect run?

Johnston's Half Marathon | amotherspace.net

 

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