12 Weeks ago I started to train for the Chicago Marathon and as I’ve already mentioned this time was way different then the other 3 times I trained for a Marathon. This time I was fortunate to be coached by Rick Muhr, who is extremely knowledgeable about effective training and has years of experience in the field. Weeks went by, my mileage increased and my training plan was getting harder and harder. But it was all worth it! Now, at the end of the training cycle, I’d like to look back on my training, reflect and do a recap, which is also a great way to keep track of my training in one handy place.
So how did the training for Chicago marathon go? Very well! I run a lot and I run fast. My entire body felt strong and my legs felt solid, strong, and powerful. I would have love to practice more yoga and do more spinning but it was hard to fit everything in it when I was spending most of my time running. Maybe that could be my focus for next year Boston. Anyway, here is a recap in milage of the 12 weeks of training for Chicago:
Week 1 – July 2 – 7 ~ Total Miles: 56.29 Miles
Week 2 – July 8 – 14 ~ Total Miles: 56.55 Miles
Week 3 – July 15 – 21 ~ Total Miles: 58.92 Miles
Week 4 – July 22 – 28 ~ Total Miles: 60.31 Miles
Week 5 – July 29 – August 4 ~ Total Miles: 62.91 Miles
Week 6 – August 5 – 11 ~ Total Miles: 63.03 Miles
Week 7 – August 12 – 18 ~ Total Miles: 53.18 Miles (Vancouver Vacation)
Week 8 – August 19 – 25 ~ Total Miles: 71.86 Miles
Week 9 – August 26 – September 1 ~ Total Miles: 72.54 Miles
Week 10 – September 2 – 8 ~ Total Miles: 73.24 Miles
Week 11 – September 9 – 15 ~ Total Miles: 76.93 Miles
Week 12 – September 16 – 22 ~ Total Miles: 52.83 Miles
Week 13 – September 23 – 29~ Total Miles: 43.69 Miles
Week 12 – September 30 – October 6 ~ Total Miles: 31.95 Miles (Pre-Marathon)
July 255.10 Miles
August 280.49 Miles
September 266.70 Miles
We flew to Chicago early on Thursday morning. For the day I had plan to run a 6 miler, so after we settled into the apartment near Wrigley Field, I took of for a nice run.
It was a beautiful sunny day in Chicago, and the temperature was in the 70’s. I found my way towards the Lake Michigan shoreline and run towards the city. I had the best run ever. My views running were stunning, I had the sand and lake to my side and the skyline in front of me.
On Saturday, the day before the Marathon I run an easy 3 miles around Wrigley and even though it was chilly (in the 40’s) it was a perfect rehearsal for what I was going to wear on race day.