Monday, August 1, 2016

Chicago Marathon Training, Week 7

Week 7 of marathon training was another recovery week and it could not come at a better time. I am working on editing a book on top of my full-time job, so I had a lot on my plate last week. I also had a lot planned outside of work the last four days: I went to two Cubs games, brunch, and a sketch comedy show. Week 7 reminded me to fit in more fun this summer vs. solely running every weekend morning and then being lazy the rest of the day.

Recap of marathon training

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: 1 mile at Orangetheory. I typically run a lot longer at Orangetheory but this class was a row-run, where we spent much more time on the rower than usual. We had a 1,600-meter row, an 800-meter row and a 400-meter row. As I mentioned in my Week 6 recap, I hurt my shoulder last week when I tried a heavier weight on tricep extensions, so I had to take it easy on the rowing. I stayed in a base pace for most of the rowing.

Floor workout included:

  • Weighted toe touches.
  • Horizontal bicep curls.
  • Forward arm raises with weights.
  • Planks.

Wednesday: 3 miles at group marathon training. We ran a mile to the beach, where we did a mile of drills. We went back and forth on the beach doing sprints, sidewinders, high knees, butt kicks, skips and lots more.

Thursday: Rest day.

Friday: 2.1 miles at Orangetheory. I went at the end of a long workday, and I really wasn't feeling it. I just wanted to get out of the house (and it was storming, so I couldn't run outside). I took it easy on the rower again because my shoulder still felt sore.

Floor workout included:

  • Squat jumps.
  • Bicep curls on the TRX straps.
  • Reverse lunges with dumbbells.

Saturday: 7 miles. (Yay, recovery week!)

Sunday: I meant to go to Orangetheory, but Graham was off that morning and I would rather hang out with him for a bit.

Week's mileage: 13.1.


This was an exhausting week workwise and in life in general, so I was grateful that I had a recovery week in marathon training. I could have done a workout on Sunday, but I chose summer fun and that's OK. Sometimes you need to take a break from nonstop training. It won't set you back. I received an email from the Chicago Marathon that reminded me the race is in 71 days. That's coming up so soon! Next week I will be running 14 miles and the mileage will ramp up to hit 20. I am already thinking that I should make it 22 for my long run three weeks before the race, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

How are your fitness goals coming along? Let me know in the comments!

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