Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chicago Marathon Training Week #3


AM: 3 miles - 33:14

I spent most of these easy paced miles kicking myself in the ankle. This is a sure sign that my legs are tired. But I did feel surprisingly good after Sunday's half marathon.


AM: 5 miles - 51:04

Aiming for 10:30 pace but ended up at 10:12. Good news is that I felt very comfortable doing it.

Storm clouds over the lake
It was cooler this morning, probably because of the storm over the lake. I love summer storms! The lightening provided a great show for my run.


AM: 1.16 miles - 13:13

Tried to get in my run between storms but got scared off by lightening early on.

More easily dissuaded from continuing as I was keen to get back to watch the unfolding political events back home.
Looks like what goes around, comes around
(links to an article explaining what went on, if you're interested)

Rest day. I thought about making up the missed miles from Wednesday but then smart-runner Chris took over and reminded me that three miles is nothing, injuring myself is everything.


AM: 5 miles - 48:18

This was scheduled as a marathon pace run. I don't really know what my marathon pace is, given I've never run a marathon. But I know what time I'd like to finish in and what time is, in theory, possible based on some of my other race times. So my marathon pace runs are currently planned at 10:15 pace.

If you do the math, you can see that today's run was at 9:39 pace. FAIL!

I just couldn't seem to slow down. Must work on pacing.


AM: 6 miles - 1:06:45

This week is a cut-back week so just a short one today. It's so weird to have a 'long' run that is only a mile longer than my mid-week runs.

And because tomorrow is a cross training day and I won't be running, I checked out my stats for the month:
OCD Chris says I should run an extra 3 miles today to take the month to 100 miles.
Smart-runner Chris says chill out - there's always July.
One of my motivational tools to develop my running routine has been to use a star system. Each day that I run, I put a star on the calendar. I knew this June had been a winner as I have never had such a starry month.


AM: 30 minutes cross training
AM: 15 minutes upper body and core strength

This could be a new Sunday morning routine. I went down to my building's laundry and put a load in the machine. While that was doing its thing, I did 15 minutes on the elliptical, 5 minutes on the rower and a 15 minute strength circuit. Once I was done in the gym, I headed back to the laundry and transferred my stuff from the machine to the dryer. And then while everything was drying I jumped in the pool and did laps for 10 minutes.

I am so lucky to have a gym and pool in my building and I haven't really made the best use of them. Especially the pool. I actually like swimming (even if it's really hard work) but do it so infrequently.

All in all it was a very efficient morning - cross training and strength done PLUS sheets and towels are clean and dry (FYI, folding was surprisingly difficult after my workout). And it took a grand total of 90 minutes all up.

This week's stats

  • Total miles: 20.1
  • Total time: 4 hours 17 minutes 33 seconds
  • Total running workouts: 5
  • Total cross training workouts: 1
  • Total strength workouts: 1

Goals for next week

  • Get in second strength session
  • Stretch!!!

Random items that made me smile

I spend most of my working week sitting in an office where the walls are effectively just glass. This means that there's not a lot of privacy and anyone walking by can easily look in and see me working. I have got pretty good at just tuning out people walking by, so don't notice when people are looking in. One of my bosses commented to me the other day that I always look really stressed/angry when he walks past. This is not the first time someone has made a similar comment to me. I am generally not stressed or angry or anything like that.

I came across this during the week and it made me laugh. I can totally relate to it. Apparently I'm not the only one who has this problem.


  1. that video is great! at least you look like you are working!

    I hate when one of my laces are too long and will whip the back of my other ankle repeatedly like telling me to speed up.

    Enjoy your week!

    1. That would bug me and I'd stop and retie my laces.