The Chicago Marathon is getting so close! This week was exciting for sure, because I ran 10K less than the full marathon distance! On labor day I ran 20 miles, which is the longest I have ever run in my life. I am getting tired just thinking about it.
But before I get into that, here was my activity for the week……
Tuesday: 4.1 Mile Run
Wednesday: 60 Minute Spin Class + 2 Mile Run
Friday: 2.21 Mile Run
Saturday: 3.8 Mile Run
Sunday: 3 Mile Run
Monday: 20 Mile Run
I used this as a Monday to Monday week because of the Labor Day Holiday. Essentially treated Labor Day Monday as my Long Run Sunday.
The 20 miler was an interesting one. I have always heard about the “runners wall”, however never felt like I experienced it before. Well on this run I felt it for sure. I got to the point where I felt like I couldn’t continue any further. A lot of that had to do with the fact that I didn’t eat much before the run. So it got to the point where I literally had no energy left.
I continued to confirm how much it takes to prep for a long run during marathon training. The prep work just to get out for the training run is a workout itself! Had to make sure I had all my water, food, equipment, towels etc. Since I am running on my own there are no aid stations. And as a result I have to make sure my vest is filled with water as well as I have water in my car waiting for me. I also need to make sure I have a towel to come back to in order to clean myself off. And so on and so on.
What I enjoyed most about the run is how much I found about myself that I will need for the marathon. I noticed I have an issue with my calf’s cramping up within the first 2 miles of my run. After that they are fine, but the first 2 miles are brutal. Makes me think I do a 2 mile run the morning of the marathon to work that out. I also learned I need to have a substantial breakfast for the marathon. At around 15 miles my stomach started to run on empty. I have read about these things before but it is nice to experience it first hand.
All and all I can tell I am getting myself fully prepared for the Chicago Marathon. I definitely had a lot of concerns going into this but I am starting to build my confidence for a successful run. I still have a 22 miler ahead of me before Chicago, but I am coming down the home stretch for sure!
Now for some scenes from the week……
Only 31 days left until the big day……..