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Chicago Half Marathon Training Update 2

Before I begin, I just wanted to thank you guys for being so supportive in my last post. I’ve been riding the struggle bus with all of these changes going on in my life, but I think I’m already adjusting to my new “normal.” Thank goodness for that 🙂

Training has been pretty lackluster again. I finally handed in my final assignment of the summer yesterday, so I feel really good about tackling the last month of training. I will certainly not be able to use a lack of time as an excuse, haha! The last time I checked in about training was three weeks ago in this post. Whoops. Here is what I’ve been up to, training-wise… Speedy Runs I did a couple treadmill interval runs, but experienced some knee pain last week.  I figured it would be better for me to cross-train or do easy runs for a little while.  Luckily, this helped ease the pain and I feel normal again.  I plan to do another speedy run tomorrow 😀 Long Runs Since my last training update post, I have completed one 8 miler and one should-have-been 9-miler (wound up being 8.66 miles, as described here). 20140805-114156-42116025.jpg   With 4 weekends left to complete long runs in preparation for the half, I am not too concerned with my crappy long run last weekend.  Ideally, I want to do a 12 miler before the race this training cycle.  I still want to go sub-2, which means that I reallly need to step up my long run game.  My legs get so fatigued during half marathons lately because I rarely train properly.  I need to get them used to working hard for more than 8 miles, which has been my highest solo training run mileage this year up until the 8.66 mile run last sunday (very bad/potentially dangerous, I know… haha). Next weekend, I’ll attempt 9 miles again.  Hopefully I can follow that up with a 10, 11, and 12 miler. Woo! 20140805-114155-42115327.jpg Switching up the scenery of my long runs has really helped me get enjoy them more this training cycle 🙂 Cross-training Due to my knee pain, I’ve been doing a lot more ellipticalling, cycling, walking, and weight lifting! I feel really good now that I am lifting some weights again.  However, I dropped the ball on yoga for a couple weeks due to schedule conflicts.  I hope now that school is over for a few weeks that I can attend at least one class a week again. Does yoga even count as cross-training? Either way, I think it’s an important complement to my running.

I’ll try to update about training more regularly – writing about it certainly holds me more accountable! Where do you like to do your long runs?