Week #4 of my Chicago Marathon training started out roughly. Sunday was my first run in the teens: Unfortunately, that didn't mean the temperatures, but the mileage, which was 14. Why did this run go so wrong? First of all it was hot 'n humid out and I got overheated at around mile eight and had to do lots of walking. Second, I forgot my Nip Guards and had bloody nipples for most of the run (I'm sure passerbys were grossed out)! Then to top off this craptastic run my Garmin deleted any trace of my splits after I turned off the watch. So, I was unable to analyze my run fail. On the bright-side, who wants to look at the results of such a run anyway? Also, on the bright side, I'm pretty sure that with this run I got the worst training run out of the way until the marathon. They should all be better than this one from here on out (knock on wood).
|At the turnaround, not feelin' it!|
I went to the track for some Hansons Brooks mile repeats on Thursday. They are supposed to total six miles run at 10 seconds faster than marathon pace.
|In the middle of doing my mile repeats at the track|
1.5 mile warmup
2 miles at 6:52, .5 mile recovery
1 mile at 6:44, .25 mile recovery
1 mile at 6:39
1.5 mile cooldown
Analysis: I ran my mile repeats way too fast and ran only four of the six miles. However, my legs are not ready for six yet and I need to work on pacing. Better to work on these things now, rather than in October.
A solid, unspectacular week. Trying to not run 60 miles/week is my biggest struggle, but the general health of my legs is the big benefit of the lower mileage. Oh yeah, and I learned I need to remember Nip Guards on long runs!
Week #4 Total: 43 miles
Average Pace: 8:23
Other Training: 3 strength workouts and 2 yoga sessions