Monday, August 15, 2016

Chicago Marathon Training, Week 9

I got on track with Chicago Marathon training in Week 9 after taking it easy the previous week. I feel good about where I am in the process, and I can't believe the race is coming up in just 54 days! 

Here's how I trained in Week 9:

Monday: 2.06 miles at Orangetheory. We all started on the rower and the floor, which is a nice change. I typically like to start class on the treadmill to get it over with, but since I didn't feel like working out that day it was nice to ease into class. I especially loved coach's playlist that day, which included Drake's "One Dance" and a remix of "Don't Let Me Down" by the Chainsmokers and Daya.

Tuesday: 2 miles at Orangetheory. I didn't plan to go two days in a row but I had to in order to avoid wasting an Orangetheory class. My classes expire on the 9th of the month and I hadn't gone the previous week. The treadmill portion of class included a 10-minute incline distance challenge. We ran at a 4 percent incline the entire time, which was tough. I managed just over a mile in that time.

Floor workout included:


  • Bicep curls.
  • Plank jacks.
  • Squat jacks.
  • 400-meter rows. (I did this four times.)
  • Rollouts on the TRX strap.

Wednesday: 3 miles at the Chicago Adventure Run at Road Runner Sports in Lincoln Park. I skipped group training to try something different with my friends. Sadly we didn't win any prizes, but it was nice to run with two of good friends. Maybe I will win next time!

Getting tickets at Vitamin Shoppe in Lincoln Park. Photo by Adventure Run.


Thursday: Rest day.

Friday: 75 minutes of vinyasa yoga at my neighborhood studio. I could feel how tight I was in every movement. It was a much-needed session.

Saturday: The 14 muggiest miles of my life. I was struggling and I had to walk a lot. The sun was so intense and I had defined tan lines after my run. I was just glad to be done. I treated myself to the most refreshing iced Chai from a favorite neighborhood spot afterward. I wanted to go to a running group picnic, but I was too exhausted afterward.

Sunday: Yoga at my neighborhood studio. I felt worn out and everything hurt. I used to be so flexible, but now I am so tight.

Mileage: 21.06

Yoga Minutes: 150


Reflections:


While I try not to obsess about a number, I noticed a slight drop on the scale this week, which was a relief. In my last marathon training I actually put on weight, and my goal this time around is to not gain any weight due to improper nutrition. I think the fact that I have been tracking my meals has made a tremendous difference. The humidity this summer has been insane. I come from Arizona, so I am not used to humidity at all. Phoenix is only humid on some summer days, but for the most part it's dry, which I miss. I am proud of myself though because I have been consistently running all summer vs. last year when I phoned it in when it comes to training.

How was your week fitness-wise and in general? Let me know in the comments!