Chicago Marathon Training Week 16 – 9/14-9/20

September 22, 2015

Another week in the books! This past weekend I was able walk through the Udvar-Hazy Center (the “companion facility” to the Air and Space Museum at the National Mall) for the Dulles Runway 10K – isn’t the hangar spectacular?

Monday 9/14– 2 mile walk + 2.5 mile run + 30 minutes personal training

Tuesday 9/15– 2 mile walk

Wednesday 9/16 – 2 mile walk

Thursday 9/17 – 2 mile walk 

Friday 9/18 – 2 mile walk

Saturday 9/19– Dulles Runway 10K

Sunday 9/20 – Metric Marathon 1 mile walk + 18 mile run + 1 mile walk

Total: 38.7 miles (12 walk | 27.7 run)

Training wise this week started off better than most.  I kicked it off with a 2.5 mile run and an abbreviated personal training session (it had been awhile since my last).  My legs and arms were definitely feeling it the next day! 


Run #1: 2.5 miles easy

Coming off a 20 mile + weekend, I decided to go on an easy (sans watch) 2.5 mile run before my training session.  The legs felt okay, which was a good sign. 

Run #2: 6.2 miles @11:41 min/mile (11:30, 11:31, 11:19, 12:06, 12:14, 11:48)

On Saturday I ran the Dulles Runway 10K with my friend Rachel! My legs were definitely tight the first couple of miles (especially in the quads).  I was pretty happy with our splits – which were fairly consistent except for miles #4 and #5 in which there was a strong headwind.  It was also nice to see Deb, Erin, and Kathryn (+Preston and Baby Bump T) there!

Run #3: 18 miles @12:00-13:00 min/mile

Remember that time I asked for help choosing between the Navy Air Force Half Marathon or the Metric Marathon to use as part of my long run? I ended up signing up for the Metric Marathon.  After the 10K and running errands all day Saturday (when in the burbs I hit up all the big box stores), I stayed at my parent’s house for the night because they live about 30 minutes away from Columbia, Maryland.  I figured I would get an extra 30-60 minutes of sleep.  Well sleep I did….because I overslept!! I snoozed three alarms and ignored my mom’s knock on the door (I went back to sleep).  By the time I woke up, I realized I would not make it to the start on time – doh! I got dressed, got in my car and drove back to DC.  Since there were about 5,000 runners+ racing downtown, I knew I could not run my normal long run route (which is basically the Navy-Air Force course) so I went to the gym.  I took stretch/water/bio breaks every time 60 minutes passed on the treadmill and the machine stopped.  It was not a pretty run, but I got through it.  


A little backwards, but on Friday I met my friend for dinner in downtown Silver Spring.  We went to A.G Kitchen and it happened to be Guacamole Week (they even had specialty guac drinks – which I did not partake in).  Here is a trio of guac: classic, edamame and cheese. 

I had fish tacos, which I’ve been craving for awhile.

And a banana bread dessert to share!

How was your weekend?

Have you ever overslept and missed a race or run before?

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        I probably needed that extra sleep 🙂 Thanks Lacey! Every week should be Guac week!

    1. What a bummer to miss your race sleeping through and missing your mom’s knock on the door. I guess you needed that extra sleep. I’ve never overslept a race or training run. and actually I am always up early on race morning. And now you have made me really hungry for breakfast after seeing all those great food pics. I love fish tacos too and had those after my recent 5k race when all the girls went to lunch!
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        I hadn’t missed a race in years. You are right, my body needed the extra sleep. Haha sorry to make you hungry – perhaps a breakfast taco this week? 🙂 These fish tacos were pretty tasty, I find they can be really bad or really good..haven’t had an inbetween.

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        Thanks, Mindy! If you and the family visit here, probably a spot your boys would like.

    1. 18 miles on the treadmill sounds like good mental training to me!

      Great job on that 10K! After racing a 10K I don’t know if I would have been able to get in 18+ miles the next day. That’s really impressive!
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        Definitely a mental battle! I was looking forward to running the course, but it is what it is 🙂 Thanks, Kristina!

    1. I love the Udvar Hazy Center. I have occasionally bailed on a race. Usually not oversleeping, but waking up and making a conscious decision that it isn’t as important to me as some rest. Probably because I am a serial racer so individual races aren’t as important to me as someone who peaks for a few events a year. Nice job on the 18!
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        I would love to go back to the Hazy Center and see the other exhibits (we were only limited to that area). I’ve overslept in the past (when I use to commute to Baltimore – so it was definitely a sleep issue). Making a conscious decision to skip a race for some rest makes sense. Thanks, Kelli!

    1. I’m pretty sure running a long run on a treadmill was way harder mentally than the race would’ve been! Stinks that you overslept though and that so many races were going on affecting your routes. I’ve only bailed on a race once and it was due to risk of getting injured, and I haven’t overslept for a race (I set 3 alarms) but I have missed several morning training runs due to sleep. Sometimes you just need sleep!

      Those fish tacos look delicious. I love tacos!
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        It was – I was secretly, not so secretly happy when the timer went out on the treadmills. It gave me a chance to stretch, fill the water bottle and take bio breaks. You are right, I did need the sleep. I love tacos too 🙂

    1. I love fish tacos! I’ve been stuck on them for a while now. So sorry you overslept and missed your race, but I think maybe it was your body’s way of saying I’M TIRED and rest was probably what you needed most. Congrats on 18 TM miles. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have done that! Was that your last long run for Chicago?
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        Same! I am still craving more 🙂 You are right, I needed that sleep. This was my last long run. I was hoping to get to 20, but I was okay with ending my marathon on the TM with 18 and almost 4 hours. I did get a couple miles walking the rest of the day. Hope you get your participant guide tomorrow!

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        Thanks, Chaitali! You know what will be funny..this winter I’ll prob spend less time on the TM for training 😉 Good luck with your 10 miler on the TM. Hope you are having a wonderful vacation – the pics look great!

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        Yes, so nice to see you Deb! My brother gave me a Go Pro Hero (no frills one) to test out. Can’t wait to play with it soon. Oh wow, snow + Cherry Blossom..yeah I may have skipped that one too.

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        Thanks, Elizabeth. It was a tough one, for sure. You are right, I definitely needed that extra sleep.

    1. Sorry to hear about missing the race. I haven’t overslept but did miss a race along time ago. It was a race where my older brother also registered, but morning of it was a downpour and he didn’t want to go, so we just skipped it. Those fish tacos look yummy along with the banana bread!
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        Oh boy, it is tough to get out for a race when there is a downpour! I could go for some more fish tacos. I think I’ll make some banana bread this week.

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        Thanks, Jenn! Thank goodness I still woke up in the morning, so I still had the rest of the day for more rest 😉

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