Chicago Marathon Training – Week 9
Mon – 7.00, 10:04 pace
Wed – 6.00, 9:24 pace including 2×1200 intervals.
Thu – 6.50, 8:59 pace – marathon pace run
Fri – 5.00, 10:16
Sun – 18.00, 10:10 pace
Total miles for the week – 42.5!! This week included a 6 miler on Weds that was supposed to be a 7.75 miler, but when light rain turned into a down pour I decided I didn’t need to risk an injury. I made up most of that extra 1.75 on Thursday and Friday.
This week also included the most total miles for a week at 42.5 and my longest run to date of 18. I ran the 18 in 3:03:08 and felt good (57 degrees at the start helped!). BG stayed very consistent throughout the run. I tested approx. every 4 to 5 miles and then made the decision to either take a GU/Gatorade or just a GU/water or just to hold off for a while. The 4 to 5 mile mark worked pretty well. I did eat some peanut butter crackers before my run, which helped not going too low early in the run, so I think I’m going to stick with that. As far as my basal was concerned, I lowered it (via the use of a basal pattern) to approx. 50% of my normal rate 2 hours before starting and left it there until I had about 30 minutes to go. I had no issues going high right after the run, but did do battle with lows later in the day despite again lowering my basal for 3 hours in the afternoon.
I was fairly sore on Monday, especially in my calves, but I have since recovered nicely. This week is a cutback week, with a long run of only 6 miles. I am going to do a local 5K on Saturday and plan to push it and possibly try to break 24:00. Next week will be my first of two 20 milers!
45 days to go!