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Chicago Marathon Training Week 1 and 2

Happy Summer everyone! I know that Summer Solistice was a week ago, but it has been feeling like summer in Denver since Memorial Day Weekend. I am starting to remember how the summer heat is in Denver. The dry weather here makes up for some of the heat! I started Chicago Marathon training a couple weeks ago and I wanted to share a recap with you!

As I told you in the last post, I am using a Hal Higdon training plan. I’ve been managing the training with vacation (Banff recap coming soon!) and now I’m in Orlando for a work trip. Summer has been so much fun here, and I’ve been loving time off! Have you been doing anything fun?

Week 1

The first week of training was a bit of a shock to my system. Honestly I didn’t know how my body would react to the speed and the distance. After my injury in January, I was really nervous about it. Thankfully, my body has been reacting to marathon training well. The week started with an indoor swim at Wash Park Rec Center. When I started triathlon training, I bought a 15 pack to the gym. I finished it last week! During the week, I was feeling super tired. I wasn’t sure if it was from running harder or from my weekend travel.  I did a speed workout 30 min tempo, and an OTF workout. Lastly, I did my first long run in Arlington, TX (80+ degrees in the morning!) and it went pretty well.  I wasn’t great about tracking my workouts with my Garmin, I would forget to save the workout or forget to restart time after stopping at a red light. Hopefully, I get better at this because I like looking at the stats. Another thing I did was put my training calendar on the phone. This wouldn’t be a big deal to most, but I’m old school and still use a hard copy planner for things. I have to admit it is nice!

Week 2

Week 2 was a little weird because of my Wed-Sunday vacation! More to come on that trip later! So I started the week with OTF, it was a 2 group workout (2G)  and these are always harder for me than 3 group. Tuesday started with a 1.2 mile swim at Grant Ranch and a 2 mile run. Wednesday was 4 x 800 repeats. I was so happy that my friend found a public track nearby us that we could use! The track is sand/mud and it was a great place for these repeats. I felt good during them, and I definitely failed the talk test at times. Over the weekend we did many hikes, and I actually took two days off of running, and then on Saturday and Sunday I fit in my runs within our other activities. My body definitely ached after hiking and running!


Read more about my Chicago Marathon Training here!

Have a great week! Linking up with Amanda

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