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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 6 Complete

Since I over did it on the weights on my legs and made myself very sore I had to cut out three days of training so I could still run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Here is how my very short week ended up.

M: Bike Intervals 11.8 Miles (P2, L5, 15.73 miles)
T: 4 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 9:06 pace), Legs and Abs
W: 3.25 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:50 pace, right leg doesn’t feel right stop early)
R: Rest – Recovery
F: Rest – Recovery
Sa: Rest – Recovery
Su: 13.1 Miles Race (RNR HM, 8:50 pace)

Total: 20.4

I’m now just feeling lightly sore from the half marathon. I hope to get back into week 7 as planned. I will run my easy runs very light this week.


2009 Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathon – 1:55:44

It all started at 3:30am. We were up to get ready for the half marathon! Being out of town meant not having a usual breakfast, a peanut butter crunch Clif Bar. We got on the road at 4:30am, not certain how packed the decks would be, we decided to get their early and wait it out. Parking was a breeze and not packed at all.

At 5:30am we made our way to the starting area. The temperature was awesome, 62 degrees and an early morning sunrise.

Us at the start:

The corral area was well organized by groups of a 1,000 with a 1 minute break between each corral. We heard them announce Kara Goucher. It was so cool that she was there to race. I think she ended up winning the WHOLE thing with a 1:08:05! We heard that she out kicked at guy at the end too.

The attendance was over 14,000 runners, our largest race yet and it was surprisingly not crowded feeling. Starting out on Columbus Rd helped too as we took up all lanes at the start.

The start:

The first 5 miles were around town then we head south until mile 8.5, where we turn and make our way up the bike path along Lake Shore and back to the parks for the finish. Rob and I hung together for the first 3 or 4 miles and then he took off ahead. I got to shout to him on the turn around at about mile 8.5 “Go baby go!! Go Rob!!”. During the race there was water, cytomax, Gu and wet sponges.

Somewhere around mile 10:

I had 2 servings of shot blocs (margarita flavor) along the race, but it must not have been enough. That coupled with my not normal breakfast, I started to feel very nauseated at mile 10. I was thinking I could very well get sick. My pace unfortunately slowed. At mile 12 I normally wouldn’t get water being so close to the finish, but feeling sick was very strong. I slowed to get a drink and that was enough for my right IT band to seize up. I had to hobble the rest of the way, which wasn’t fun. I should have worn my knee brace. I was so excited about not feeling pain from my thigh/groin/hip area that I ignored that my IT band may get fussy like it did at IL half marathon. I will definitely start wearing it in longer races.

A lesson learned too was just like forum posts have told me, the Garmin will not keep pace in the city. So for the full marathon I will turn auto lap off and hit lap at the mile markers. That won’t help with getting pace info in the city, but at least I’ll have some data after the race.

I did PR!! 1:55:44

This was Rob’s first half marathon and he did great!! 1:53:54 I’m so proud of him!!

Here is Rob at the finish:

Us with our medals:

Post race was well organized and had the best post race stuff. I grabbed and orange and popsicle. They also had frozen towels which felt amazing. We went to the MGD 64 tent to get our two free beers. I got through 3/4 of one and I was ready to head back to the hotel to check on doggie.

Our sweet medals:

I left this race feeling like I had more in me so I hope to keep plugging away at it and see if I can get my time down more. The USAF Half Marathon is up next. I think it has hills so I’ll have some work to do.

8:50 pace
Overall: 3162/14459
F: 1171/9354
F 30-34: 224/1785
5K: 25:34
6M: 49:58
10M: 1:25:45

Later that day we took Coco out for a walk and hung out by the water fountain at the John Hancock.