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Chicago Wk 11 D5

According to the Hansons schedule, tonight was to be a tempo run. According to the temp at the start of this run it was going to be no such thing.

I love summer.  I love walking out at night and it’s still in the 80’s.  I’m so cold blooded that these temperatures make me happy.  I’m not acclimated to the heat as this is really the first hot streak we’ve had.

After my less than stellar run Tuesday night, I followed through with turning off the virtual pacer on my Garmin and just ran at whatever pace. I had to stop and catch my breath.  A lot.  I suppose I shouldn’t pause my watch when I do that but let’s not totally crush my soul mmmkay?

It’s amazing how fast one can run when the last 1.5 miles is through a barren stretch of road, past heavy machinery, it’s dark and the street lights are all out for some reason…

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Chicago Wk 11 D3

Tonight was to be 6 x 1 mile repeats.  I took off way too fast on the first mile and completely exhausted every ounce of energy I had.  Even stopping to rest for a few minutes I knew doing the remaining 5 x 1 mile was out.  Too hot, legs too tired.  Plan B - turn it into a 6 mile tempo run.  By mile 2 I knew that this too was out.  Plan C - stop and rest at mile 3 and then finish out the run at an easy pace:

That was 84 degrees at roughly 8:30pm.  The rest of this week is supposed to be more of the same.  Rather than setting unrealistic expectations that only lead to frustration, I’m going to throw out target paces for the rest of this week.  I’ll run the mileage but I’m turning off the virtual pacer and just running at a comfortable pace. 

Luckily tomorrow is a much needed rest day.

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Wk 11 D2

5 miles - easy pace. 

I kept my virtual pacer set at 9:15 but I gave myself some breathing room and targeted between 9:15 - 9:20.  For as hot as it was, I’m ok with this run.  I’m still needing to stop and take rest breaks during my runs which I could stress about but I’m not going to.  Come race day the weather will be cooler and the course flat that I’m counting on maintaining a fairly consistent pace.

Life vs. marathon training are starting to compete for my time.  Tuesday is the 6 x 1 mile, Wed rest day, Thursday a 10 mile tempo run which I have co-worker’s bridal shower to go to after work.  Friday after work I’m driving to MN. I was struggling trying to figure out how to get all the scheduled runs in. Then the light bulb went off - aha! Swap out the strength and tempo workouts and move my tempo run to Tuesday.  I can keep Wed as a rest day which I desperately need and then Thursday I’ll split the 6 x 1’s and get as many done in the AM and finish the rest after the bridal shower.  Obviously not as, effective as running all six back to back but some is better than none. Friday’s run will have to be done in the morning.

BRILLIANT TIFF!

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Chicago Wk 11 D1

Last night I was googling pro and cons of running long runs/marathons on just water only and came across articles that have studied Kenyan runners.  Their morning runs are done on an empty stomach and very little fluid intake pre-run and they take no fluid with them and then just small intake at the end of the run.  It was an interesting comparison to what most people do in the U.S.

I did try 3 blocks of the Gatorade chews and I liked the way they seemed to dissolve fairly quickly with almost no chewing. Three blocks weren’t enough though, I faded early on this run.  I also waited 30 mins after taking the chews to start my run and still had a cramp and water sloshing around in my stomach.  Back to the drawing board.

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Chicago Wk 10 D7

For some reason all week I thought I only had to run 6 miles today.  When I double checked the schedule I realized i had 8 instead.  Ugh.  My legs are so tired.  It’s the kind of tired that it wouldn’t matter if I drank 3 Redbulls, I was going to struggle.

And struggle I did:

Can we say sporadic? According to the book my easy runs should be around 9:39 pace so I guess technically I’m ahead of pace but man it felt like a struggle.  Not sure how I’m going to run 10 tomorrow.

Speaking of long runs, I’m not having good luck so far in finding a good fueling strategy.  Gatorade and G2 both give me a side stitch.  Too much water and same thing.  I’ve tried taking chews 15-20 mins before heading out for a run (with water) and same thing.

Has anyone had experience running a marathon just taking water?

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Chicago Wk 10 D6

Tonight was 7 miles at easy pace.  I didn’t really set a target pace, just conscious to run at what felt like an easy effort.  In my mind though I guess I was aiming for 9:00-9:10.  Though once I got into the run I lowered that to 9:15-9:30.  My legs were dead tired even though I chose a route with fewer hills.  It started to sprinkle around mile 3 and then by mile 5 turned into one of those wonderful summer rains where it’s light, soft and warm.  I love the quiet sound of the rain drops hitting the leaves on the trees.  Perfect end to my run.

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Chicago Wk 10 D5

Work has been crazy busy lately and I contemplated staying late to finish some things up.  Knowing I had 10 miles to run tonight, I decided against it.  Good thing too because when I got home, my pooch had had some serious intestinal issues in her crate today.  Poor thing, I have no idea what is causing this.  A quick dog bath and then I headed out.

I don’t have any options for a flat route so I’m never going to hit my target pace on tempo runs due to all the hills but tonight’s run was really all over the place!  My goal was to run 8:50 or under.  Except for the big ass hill at mile 5, I did better than I hoped for:

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I need this!