Chicago Marathon Training Week 15 – 9/7-9/13

September 15, 2015

Hello Hello! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (need to add the feed to my website – I use to have one on my Tumblr) you all know I was in Bird-in Hand, PA for the half marathon this past Saturday (recap coming next week).  Here is one of my favorite shots from the weekend:

Run/workout wise….the same ole story. Thank goodness I walk to/from work everyday; while it may not be running I am glad for the time on my feet.  Luckily this week has been off to a great start – so something different to report next week πŸ™‚

Monday 9/7– 2 mile walk

Tuesday 9/8– 2 mile walk

Wednesday 9/9 β€“ 2 mile walk

Thursday 9/10 β€“ 2 mile walk 

Friday 9/11 β€“ 2 mile walk

Saturday 9/12– 1 mile + Bird in Hand Half Marathon + .9 mile <drive back to DC> + 2 miles

Sunday 9/13 – Damascus Freedom 5K 

Total: 30.1 miles (10 walk | 20.1 run)


Run #1: 1 mile warm up + 13.1 miles @12:33 min/mile (11:56, 12:20, 12:27, 12:35, 12:20, 12:30, 12:31, 12:31, 12:47, 12:46, 13:00, 13:07, 12:42) + .9 mile cool down

This week’s long run called for 17-18 miles (next week I’ll run 20 before taper…eeks).  My mom and I signed up for the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon before the Chicago lottery, so I ended up using this half as part of my training run.  My initial plan…oh they always go awry….was to run 4 miles before the race.  A couple of snoozes + realization I did not bring my head lamp = did not happen.  We stayed close to the start so I was able to fit in a mile warm up before the half.  So the theme of this week again…HILLS! The Charles Street 12 Miler was my hill training, right? Haha…I kid I kid.  They definitely kicked my butt and the rolling hills were more plentiful and steeper in BIH.  There was a nice overcast, but I still sweated bullets!

After I crossed the finish line I thought….I can run another 3 miles to cool down, yeah not so much.  I ran .9 miles and called it quits….it was hard holding this (awesome) medal while running (and I was carrying my waterbottle).

Run #2: 2 miles naked…oh my!

Following lunch and a quick shower my mom and I hopped back into the car to go home – perks of a Saturday half.  I got back to DC close to 4PM and went out for 2 more miles for a total of 17 miles for the day.

Run #3: 3.1 miles @11:26 min/mile (10:49, 11:24, 12:18)

Last year I ran the Damascus Freedom 5K and loved it.  This is a race I would like to run each year – it is a small race, a nice change in scenery, and proceeds benefit some wonderful organizations.  Plus it costs $23 to register! When I woke up Sunday morning, I was happy that I had little to no soreness in my legs – what a change from last week! 

My plan was to use this as a recovery run following Saturday’s 17 miles.  Here I am at the starting line (literally).

The first half of the 5K is almost all down hill (which explains my first and second split) and the second half was…..back up hill! Definitely mastered the positive split! I should have exercised more restraint, but my legs felt pretty good afterwards (except the burn of the final hill).  


On the way to Bird-in Hand, my mom and I made a detour to visit a sunflower patch in Jarrettsville, Maryland.  I’ve been dying to see them the past four years, but could never go.   My mom entered the address in the GPS and we arrived at the final destination with no sunflowers in sight.  Booo… I was bummed.  

Apparently Clear Meadow Farm rotates the location of the sunflower patches and we happened upon them when we were leaving town to get to Pennsylvania.  It was beautiful! There were quite a few bumblebees, but they did not bother us at all. I’ll post more pictures of the yellow goodness in my race recap.

As for the remainder of the weekend: Cliff and I watched more episodes of Narcos, I visited my cousins Stephanie and Chris + their kiddos, and made a small cheese pizza (with pita bread as crust).

Have you/will you be using a race as a training run this season?

Do you  have a favorite medal from this year (so far)?

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        Thank you, Lacey! Haha true…I suppose it would have been some added weight training πŸ™‚

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        They are! One of my favorites from this year for sure. I wonder how many seeds the farm planted.

    1. Congratulations on your half and your 5K!

      Those sunflowers are really beautiful and so is your medal from Bird In Hand. I know a lady who ran that and she said it was a very well done race. I’m glad you enjoyed it and also enjoyed the 5K! I love using races as training runs or tempo runs, it’s a good way to stay motivated and push yourself.
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        It was nice! I was about to say you should do this for your PA state, but then remembered you ran PGH (duh). This is why I take so long accumulating states…so many repeats…but they are worth it πŸ™‚

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        Aww thanks! I wish they were a little faster, but I have to remember it is still warm temps. So glad I finally got to see those flowers.

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        Thanks! Congrats on the 50K! I’ve been catching up on recaps, so I promise the BIH will not take a month to write hah πŸ™‚

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        You can do it! I just to remind myself (not that it is hard) to not go out too fast for the half. If you can get 5 miles before that would be good, sometimes tough to run afterwards. Or maybe 4 + 13 + 1 cooldown πŸ™‚

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        That is a great idea! I’ve never considered it b/c my work laptop is sooooo heavy (old four year old Dell). We are suppose to be getting new ones in the next month or so that are lighter. Something to consider.

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        Thanks! It was really cool and very heavy. I went the Amish Market after the half and picked up a gold horseshoe to use as a decorative paperweight.

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        Thanks, Sharon! This past weekend I’ve been working on some recaps, hope to have that one up early next week πŸ™‚

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