It’s crunch time! Just six weeks to go before the Chicago Marathon. With my increased work hours in the past few weeks it’s been difficult to get my runs in, so they have been short and sweet. I somehow have it in my mind that if I can get three 5-mile runs done in a week, I will do okay (remember, I run/walk/run/walk/run and all I ever want to do is finish!) As much as I’m sorry to see the summer end, I am happy for this cool fall-like weather. I’ve knocked off about a minute/mile with the decrease in heat and humidity. I also added a strength training session last week, which was a nice change of pace. The past week wasn’t where it needed to be, but at least I got some work done:
Sunday, 8/20: 5.1 mile run, then off to the Cubs game for an exciting win against the Blue Jays!
Monday, 8/21: 12-hour work day; AKA rest day
Tuesday, 8/22: 12-hour work day; ditto
Wednesday, 8/23: Strength training
Thursday, 8/24: 5.1 mile run
Friday, 8/25: 2.2 mile walk
Saturday, 8/26: 5.1 mile run
My son told me this morning that he got bumped up to Wave 1 this year. Of course that means he’ll be waiting even longer for me at the finish! Chip off the old block that he is, he too has slacked on his training, but of course he is 30 years younger than me and has been running long distance since middle school! So we will see what the next six weeks holds for each of us. This will be his fourth consecutive Chicago Marathon and my fifth, then off to DC together for the Marine Corps Marathon two weeks later!
For the next six weeks I plan to incorporate running, biking, and strength training into my weekly routine. In previous years I have mostly run in preparation for my marathons, so I am hoping the addition of biking and strength training will help. It can’t hurt, right?
How was your week? Are you sad to see summer end? Any fall racing plans for you? How is your training going?