Chicago Marathon Training Week 13 – 8/24-8/30

September 1, 2015

Another training week complete! At the beginning of each week  I say to myself, “I will hit all my scheduled runs”…..but of course I haven’t had that perfect training week…yet (one day I will + it should be more manageable now that the Quantico Tri is over…recap coming soon).

Monday 8/24– 2 mile walk 

Tuesday 8/25 – 2 mile walk 

Wednesday 8/26 – 2 mile walk 

Thursday 8/27 – 2 mile walk 

Friday 8/28 – 2 mile walk 

Saturday 8/29– 16 mile run @12:00 min/mile (average)

Sunday 8/30 – Baltimore 6 Miler @12:02 min/mile

Total: 32 miles (10 walk | 22 run) 

The week started off with a sore throat, after two painful days it went away.  Score!  Not so fast….by Thursday I was coughing all day/night.  It wasn’t any cough… it was what I like to call the”Walrus Cough” the one that hurts the ribs and gives you a headache.  I missed my weekday runs, but did not want to miss my long run (I decided to run 16 vs 18).  


Run #1: 16 miles @12:00min/mile (average)

Because the heat/humidity returned to DC + my cough I decided it would be better for me to run inside (easier to breath).  I warmed up, ran 8 miles, took a break and then ran another 8 miles.  Nothing to exciting.  

Run #2: 6 miles @12:02min/mile (11:21, 11:36, 11:44, 12:19, 12:50, 12:30)

The next day I headed north for the inaugural Baltimore 6 Miler.  My goal was to run the race at marathon pace (12:00 min/mile).  I met my goal average wise, but would have preferred more consistent splits. 

There were a few factors that led to the not so pretty second half which I will detail in my recap (spoiler alert: water stop ran out of cups + this girl made did not bring her water bottle).  Despite the heat, it was a nice change in scenery (running along the water…yes please). PS – I am glad I ran inside on Saturday… it was tough running with a cough in this weather.


Following Saturday’s long run I headed over to City Tap House for a Oiselle brunch.

It was fun meeting new teammates, hearing what everyone is training for, and catching up with everyone.

Of course I cannot end this post without a food pic! After Sunday’s race, my friend Rafael took me to Alma Cocina Latina, a fairly new Venezuelan restaurant in Canton. I had the La Nacional arepa – shredded beef, ripe plantains, slow cooked black beans, and fresh cilantro…SOO GOOD.  I definitely want to try Arepa Zone next time I visit Union Market in NoMa. 

How was your weekend?

Have you eaten Venezuelan food before?

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      1. Run Jenny Run

        Hope you get to try it one day, really tasty! I also like Peruvian, Colombian, Brazillian and Argentinian. Have a good week as well!

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Exactly – such a tease….wanted to jump in (errr…maybe not into the Baltimore Harbor). Hope you get to try the Arepas one day.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thanks Kristina, you too 🙂 Ahhh how did the summer go by so quickly.

      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thanks Chaitali. It was a good reminder, to bring my waterbottle…now matter how short the distance.

    1. Sorry to hear you had a sore throat and cough. It’s a wise thing you gave your body a chance to rest. You had a good strong 16 mile and 6 mile runs! If you ever want to link your weekly recaps, please don’t forget about the Weekly Wrap. We’d love for you to join us. I don’t think I’ve had Venezuelan food. It looks delicious.
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      1. Run Jenny Run

        Thank you! I’ll have to remember and add it to my calendar. I took me awhile to remember to link up with Tara’s Weekend Update haha. I’ll eventually get into a habit of it. Hope your training went well this past weekend.

    1. Ooh that place in Canton sounds good. Sorry you weren’t feel so hot with that cough but way to get your long run and the 6-miler done!

      1. Run Jenny Run

        It was good – there are so many new places in Baltimore to check out. Feeling much better now, thanks Lauren.

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