Unlike week #4 of my Chicago Marathon training, week #5 started out relatively smoothly. Sunday was my first Hansons Brooks 16 miler. I was a little apprehensive about this run because I feared a repeat of my crummy run a week prior. I thought that this run was destined to be better because at the very least, I remembered to apply my Nip Guards before I headed outside! My goal was to head to Navy Pier and back and try and run the whole thing (i.e. no run/walk).
In my first mile, running down Berteau Ave. towards the lake, I stumbled upon this door:
|1815 W. Berteau|
On closer inspection, there is not only a distiller in the building, but also a brewery!
|A future running blogger destination?|
The humidity was getting to me, but I was determined to not fade on this run. I eventually made it to Navy Pier where I took a short walk break to drink some water. I also saw remnants of the Chicago Half Marathon expo (held the day before) in the Navy Pier garbage cans:
|Chicago Half Marathon poster on Navy Pier|
|I turned around and snapped this one of the low clouds over the city:|
|You can see how muggy it was!|
|Trying to keep up with speedy Declan|
Sunday total (including one walk break): 16 miles @ 8:13/mile
Once again, I went to the track for some Hansons Brooks mile repeats on Thursday. You can read about it here.
One thing I can add to what I wrote is that I really felt it the next day in shin pain and in fatigue. In fact, a few days later and I am still recovering from that workout.
A solid, week where I upped my mileage and upped my track work all at once. Note to self: This is a dangerous combo which can lead to injury. Next week, I will just focus on mileage (except for my 5k time trial Thursday). I am feeling the strain on my legs now, and I am starting get feel the weight of my constant training in the form of fatigue. At this juncture, I just need to relax and do some decent training. Not shoot for the Olympic time trials! Oh yeah, and I learned I need to use "fresh" Nip Guards with good glue!
Week #4 Total: 53 miles
Average Pace: 7:54
Other Training: 4 strength workouts and 1 yoga session
Five weeks down, four to go!