Chicago Marathon Training Weeks 3 & 4

One fourth of the way in! Whaaaaat??

Week 3:

Monday: TM speedwork. 4x800m @7:10 pace w/400m recovery in between for a total of 6 miles.

Tuesday: Rest.

Wednesday: More TM speedwork. 8 miles with the middle 6 as such: 1M @8:23-8:30 pace (I averaged about 8:23), 1M @8:10 pace, 1M @8:00 pace x2 with no recovery in between.

Thursday: 5 easy paced TM miles.

Friday: So Friday didn’t exactly turn out as planned. In a good way. It was supposed to be a rest day….

But….16 easy paced miles in 2:28:17, 9:16 pace. I think I either tied or beat my previous record for a single treadmill run. But this is what you do late on a Friday after work when at the last minute one of the surgeons you work with GIVES you (and seriously, what a great guy–I know how bummed he was he couldn’t go–and I owe him hugely) his 10th row tickets to see U2 in Boston the next day!!!!! First of all, I am the least impulsive person on the face of the earth. Secondly, OMG. This was so once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list for me. I was going to make this happen.

Saturday: Somehow all the stars aligned and I hopped on a plane with my sister. Twenty-four hours in Boston looked something like this:

Coffee and insanely-good-for-a-small-airport Bloody Marys. Makes total sense. We bought the coffee before we found the bar.

Lobster rolls!

Our seats were amazing.

And yes, it was that awesome.


Sunday: 5 easy paced TM miles.

40 miles total for the week.

Week 4:

Monday: TM speedwork. 6 miles with 8x400m @7:10 pace w/200m recovery in between. This is a hard one, but it ususally goes by pretty quickly.
This run put me just over the 1000 mile mark for the Run the Edge #2015milesin2015 Challenge! I’m a little bit behind but I have plenty of big weeks ahead of me.

Tuesday: Rest.

Wednesday: 5 easy paced TM miles.

Thursday: Rest.

I received my new corral assignment for Chicago after I submitted a qualifying time. Super excited about that!

Friday: Tempo TM run. 7 miles with the middle 5 @ 8:23-8:30 pace, which is GMP (I again averaged about 8:23). My coach intentionally moved this workout to right before a long run as practice running on fatigued legs.

Saturday: Was supposed to be a long slow distance run of 17 @9:20-9:30 pace. Started off decently enough and then we called it at 12.5. The heat and the humidity were just too much. I was at the point of feeling like I was either going to puke, pass out, or both. It’s not a good sign when you’re getting chills. Sucked, but I know it was the smart decision. Came home and finished the last 4.5 on the TM, still not feeling well. Lesson learned: I should’ve made pace adjustments earlier, although I’m not entirely certain that would’ve made a huge difference. 17 miles in 2:41:52, 9:31 average pace.

Sunday: 5 easy paced TM miles.

40 miles total for the week.

No way was I leaving Boston without this stop. Kind of surreal, when you really stop and think of the significance of it all. I hope and dream that one day this finish line and I properly meet.


  1. You are doing great!!! Keep it up, I think you may meet that pretty finish line soon!

  2. How fun to have an impromptu visit to Boston and for such an awesome concert!! The finish line is a must-visit while there! Great job with your training and with your Run the Edge miles!! Keep it up!

  3. I love the #BostonStrong sign at the concert! How cool is that? Looks like your training is going great so far!

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