Once I got back from all my traveling (more recaps coming soon) and took a few days to recover, I looked at the calendar to count down the weeks until the Chicago Marathon. As of July 23, there were 11 weeks until D-Day. Oh crap! I was so far behind in marathon training, I was practically starting from scratch.
I unfortunately did not run very much while in Europe. I naively brought lots of work-out gear, genuinely believing I would manage to run the majority of days but the combination of wine, site-seeing and having too much fun basically killed that plan from the get-go.
According to my original training plan, I should’ve been running around 14 miles for my long run the Saturday after I came back. Yeah, ain’t no way, no how that was happening.
So I’ve been a bit frantically training, trying to catch up to where I should be. After taking a few days of working out on the elliptical for 45-minute stretches to get my general cardiovascular abilities back, I started training for real on Monday, July 25. Just for fun, here’s what my work-out schedule looked like:
Monday, July 25– 6 Mile Run
Tuesday, July 26- 45:00 Elliptical at medium resistance, 15:00 Strength Training
Wednesday, July 27- 8 Mile Run
Thursday, July 28- 55:00 Elliptical at medium to hard resistance
Friday, July 29- 12 Mile Run (Long Run for the week)
Saturday, July 30- 30:00 Elliptical (Recovery, very low resistance)
Sunday, July 31- 30:00 Elliptical at medium resistance, 15:00 Strength Training
That is an intense week of training, with far more running than I normally do but given my limited time to catch up, there just wasn’t any other option. Luckily, I’m on summer vacation so I had plenty of time to do all this. I’m going to shoot for 14 miles this coming Friday (8/5) and 16 miles the following Friday (8/12), which will finally put me back on schedule.
Bumping up my long runs by two miles rather than my usual one mile is a little bit intimidating but honestly, it’s only an extra 8-10 minutes (depending on how spent I am) so it shouldn’t be too terrible (HA. I say that now, we’ll see how I feel after it’s done!)
I’ve also been taking between one and three 1:00-walk breaks during my longer runs at evenly-spaced intervals (approximately every half hour or so.) No shame, I think they’ve been helping, at least with my mental state. I’ll probably continue these until I feel like my running stamina has truly returned.
With only 9.5 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, it is seriously go-time. No more excuses, no more dragging,
no more minimal whining, time to git ‘er done!