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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 6 Day 4

I apparently over did it with my leg stengthening on Tuesday. Wednesday I cut my run short when 3 miles in I had a hitch in my running that I couldn’t get over after being warmed up. My right hip and leg felt like it was giving out every other step. I tried to walk it out with no luck. I cut my run short because a few miles lost is not a big deal and I don’t want to run the miles gimpy like that. I foam rolled and biofreezed.

This morning I woke up to a stiff abductor and adductor on the right side, which correlates to my weight training. I did try to do a bit more than normal. So now it’s ice and heat, biofreeze and aleeve for three days to get this thing over with as soon as possible.

Thanks to Ritter for the suggestion of a thigh/groin commpression wrap! I have a wrap for every other part of my leg and foot, but just didn’t even consider there were ones made for thighs. She tore her hamstring in gymnastics before and wore one as a part of her recovery. That was enough endorsement for me. I picked up a TruFit from Dick’s Sporting Goods and got 20% off with a coupon. Not a bad investment for $14! It fits great and already feels much better with it on. I’ll even consider running in this compression wrap on race day if things aren’t far enough along in healing.

I’ll be doing ice baths each day too, just to be as preventative as possible.

I’m going to lose out on 11 miles this week in my training plan, but they were all easy pace runs so it shouldn’t be a big deal. I would rather get to this race rested and ready for a fresh new week of running.

I hope I don’t go crazy having to be so idle in the running department. I think I’ll do some light abs and arm work to keep me busy. Light though, no more muscle strains this close to race day!


Chicago Marathon Training: Week 6 Day 2

Yesterday was a cross training day so I rode the exercise bike.

Bike 11.8 Miles Intervals (P2, L5, 15.73 mph)

And tonight I had 4 Miles Easy so I went outside around the neighborhood and then came inside and did some weights.

4 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 9:06 pace), Legs and Abs

Can’t wait for the weekend to get here!


Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5 Complete

One word for this week: exhaustion. It was a very busy week that left me with little sleep and in turn caused me to have a sore throat and just feel tired most of the time. I ended up not doing much cross training and instead took an extra day of rest. Thank goodness this recovery week came at the right time.

Ballet went a bit better. I felt more comfortable with what to expect, but still have a lot of work to do.

Today I felt much better. We took a flight to Jefferson City, MO for lunch at the airport. The food was just okay, but the flight was great and it was a new place to see!

Here are some pictures on the way there:

When we got back we did our easy run around our neighborhood. I pushed my pace a little to kinda shake things out.

Here is how my recovery week ended up:
M: Rest
T: 6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:34 pace)
W: Bike 6.3 Miles Easy (P1, L4, 16.43 mph), 7 Miles Speedwork (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:20 pace w/3x1600s @ 7:41 w/800 jogs)
R: Adult Ballet 1 Hour
F: Rest
Sa: 6 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 9:05 pace)
Su: 5.3 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 8:26 pace)

Total Running Miles: 24.3

Up next: Rock and Roll Half Marathon!!


Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5 Day 3

Rob and I got on a roll doing house work and so we didn’t get started with our workouts until late. I warmed up on the bike and then ran 7 miles speedwork. The whole thing was about from 9:30-11:00pm for me and it takes me another hour to get showered and mentally wound down so I can fall asleep, leaving me with only 5 hours of sleep. Not ideal, but the weekdays can be tight time wise.

Bike 6.3 Miles (Easy, P1, L4, 16.43 mph)
7 Miles Speedwork (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:20 pace w/3x1600s @ 7:41 w/800 jogs)

Tomorrow is ballet. Ritter and I are going back for more. We are paid up for the summer so we are going to keep at it.

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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5 Day 2

Monday was a rest day and I used it to hang out with my hubby and do house stuff.

Today was 6 Miles Easy and I got it done on the treadmill.

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:34 pace)

I saw the announcement that Kara Goucher will be running the Rock and Roll Half Marathon for her half marathon debut!! I’m so excited that she will be out on the course kicking butt! I’ll keep an eye out for her at the expo too. Not too much longer until race time!