Weekly Mileage: 6/5-6/11


And, so it begins...

CHICAGO MARATHON TRAINING - WEEK 1 

Aside from working on a return to road running since April, last Monday was the official kick off to Chicago Marathon training. Getting a new tour off the ground is always a stressful time, but with two weeks under my belt, I was able to get a much better grasp on this week. With only one true day off, I was able to fully commit to my mileage and reach my goals despite our crazy and evolving tour schedule.

I outlined my goals in my last post, mostly targeting a 3:40-3:55 marathon time in October, as long as I'm able to stay consistent with training. For now, I'm focusing on keeping my mileage high first, pace second. I want to emulate running on tired legs as much as possible so I'm strong mentally and physically on race day. With that said, I am VERY conscious of running into injury and all of my runs (past and present) have been by feel. If my legs are tired and sluggish from either running or standing while working all weekend (or a combo of the two), I slow down or cut the miles like I did on Thursday (see below). I think it's important not to get caught up in numbers, or a training plan, and always go by feel, and review pace afterwards.

Monday, June 5 - Drove back to Los Angeles from San Diego and devoured an açaí bowl en route || 7 mile run (outside) where I finally incorporated a little speed work. After reviewing my paces, it appears my current fitness is closest to a sub-4 marathon (barely), but nowhere near a BQ time (...yet) + 100 reverse crunches || San Diego + Manhattan Beach, CA


Tuesday, June 6 - Literally found out at 8 a.m. that we were working two events today. It was a pretty crazy day, but still managed to come home around 8 p.m. and hit the treadmill around 8:30 p.m. for a 6 mile run/1.5% incline + 100 reverse crunches || Manhattan Beach + Santa Monica/Downtown LA + Downtown Pasadena, CA

Wednesday, June 7 - 7 mile run (outside) + 100 reverse crunches || Met up with Andy after work for dinner at Hanjip in Culver City, CA || MB + Culver City, CA

Thursday, June 8 - 3 mile easy run (outside) || MB + LA, CA

Redondo.

Friday, June 9 - Late night 7 mile treadmill run/1.5% incline || Manhattan Beach + Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Saturday, June 10 - Rest || Worked LA Food Fest at the LA Coliseum || MB + LA, CA


Sunday, June 11 - An unexpected day off! Casey hasn't been able to golf with Andy yet while we've been in LA (we've been too busy with work), so as soon as he found out we were free he and Andy booked a round in Whittier, CA. Meanwhile, I pieced together all my favorite things by running 10 miles from our hotel to Manhattan Beach down to Redondo and back up The Strand.

Once I clocked 10, I soaked in the ocean for nature's post-run ice bath and laid out watching/listening to the waves and admired a crazy talented surfer from afar. For lunch I enjoyed my second açaí bowl from Paradise Bowls for the week, and then had a slow recovery 3 mile run back to the hotel || 13 miles total + 200 reverse crunches || Then we all met back up for dinner at Gjelina in Venice, CA (thanks for taking us, Andy!) || Manhattan Beach + Venice, CA

Honeysuckle on The Strand. 

Venice, CA 

Gjelina


Total: 

43 Miles Running
1 Rest Day // 1 Day Off 
500 Reverse Crunches 
1 State (less travel=more miles)
2 Açaí Bowls ;) 
1 Ice Cold Glass of Wine (yum!)

Where I succeeded this week: I fully committed to this week even if it meant hitting the hotel treadmill at 9 p.m. at night after a 12-hour work day, and got in core work. If I can keep this mindset and manage the small amount of free time I actually have than I am confident I will PR in the marathon. It is a constant balancing act, but I'm up for the challenge. This week was an ideal work week in that I could squeeze in runs here and there, and we didn't have to drive anywhere over 2 hours. However, once we start driving across country or having weekends again where we're on our feet for 36-40 hours over the course of three days then it will get harder. The most important thing right now is to take each moment and each day at a time and do the best I can.

Where I failed this week: Strength training. I wouldn't call it an ultimate fail because my job requires manual labor (setting up/tearing down event sites + carrying/moving cases of product which includes twelve 12 oz. glass bottles per case) BUT I need to do better. I need to include weighted lunges, squats and bridges into my weekly routine.

Next week's goals: hit another 39-43 mile week, switch up core routine (include planks and different variations of crunches) and hit the weight room at least once.

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