Chicago and Marine Corps Marathon Training Recap, Week 3

As I end week three of marathon training, I’m happy with the week despite not having met the goals as set out in my full marathon training plan. With a half marathon scheduled on Day 1 of Week 4, I purposely modified this past week of training so as not to overwhelm myself before the half. Besides, being the Great Procrastinator that I am, with 12 full weeks left before Chicago, I’m still way ahead of my usual game.

Jumping for joy after an early run avoiding the humidity!

The weather in Chicago this past week has remained brutally humid, which added an extra layer to my training. I stuck with the plan for the first half of the week, with lots more walking than running because of the weather. I also used my new Lumo Run during the first half of the week, which gave me some great insight into improving my running form. More on that in a later post.

For the latter half of the week my training dropped off between my busy work schedule and traveling to California for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. I will recap that uh-mazing race in my next post. My mileage was lower than planned according to the full training schedule, but enough for me to get ready for my upcoming race. Next week calls for 42 miles, which is a pretty lofty goal for me. As always, I will do what I can to get the miles in. For now, the week in review:

Seafood Boil at Lowcountry Chicago after the Cubs game on July 9th. It’s all part of the training, right?

Sunday, 7/9:  4.5 miles completed, as planned.

Monday, 7/10:  In a shocking move, I did not complete my scheduled strength training workout! Blame it once again on a busy 12-hour work shift. I need to be out the door for work at 5:45 a.m. and I am not back home until 8:00 p.m. or later, and I just can’t seem to fit it in. Looking forward, I’ll have to re-order my training schedule based on my work schedule, because I do know how important strength training is to my overall plan.

Tuesday, 7/11:  8 miles completed, as planned.

Wednesday, 7/12:  5 miles completed; 7 were planned. I did intend to do the full 7, but I procrastinated too much and got out much later than planned.

Thursday, 7/13:  8 miles on the calendar, but I made it a planned rest day with the half marathon coming up in 3 days.

Friday, 7/14:  11 mile long run on the calendar. Again, no run for me as this was my travel day. With an early 4-hour flight to San Francisco and a 2-hour time change, it just wasn’t going to happen.

Saturday, 7/15: Scheduled rest day. I had planned a 2-mile shakeout run before the half marathon the following day, but a visit to a friend’s winery up in Healdsburg kind of thwarted those plans. Understatement.

Once again, I have no complaints about this past week of training. Yes, I could have been more diligent and probably could have hit my goals a little better. What can I say? I am still a work in progress!

Who’s all running the Chicago or Marine Corps Marathon this year? How is your fall race training going? What other races are you training for?


  1. That is one of my very favorite races! I’m so excited for you!

  2. Looking forward to your recap!

    42 miles are a lot of miles — but you can do it!

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      Thanks! I just keep moving forward, one step in front of the other. I’ve finished a couple of fulls with just minutes to spare, but I did it!

  3. Sounds like you made some smart decisions with your training. That work schedule sounds brutal. Can’t wait to hear about the Half!

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      Thanks! Getting an early morning run in before work would mean getting up at 3:30 a.m., and that’s just not going to happen! And of course after a 12 hour shift, well…

  4. Congrats on another week of training. Looking forward to hearing about your half marathon!

  5. The only race on my calendar is the Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas (November). Even if my recovery goes well and allowed to return to running in September, it still wouldn’t be enough time to do much before November, though I may consider doing the 5-miler during the Des Moines Marathon weekend (mid-October). Fingers crossed!

  6. It’s so humid here too (Nova Scotia). Early morning runs are where it’s at, haha! I’m training for a fall half marathon mid September so the weather could still be rather hot.

  7. Great job on your training for the week! I don’t have anything on my race calendar until December! It’s been really hot and humid down south too!

  8. Great job fitting it in! I love the MCM and hope to do it again some day!!

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