Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chicago Marathon Training (week 10)

Another week done. The plan for this week called for 0-4-9-4-0-9-19. Actual was 0-4-6-6-0-19-9. Monday through Wednesday I actually got up early and went for a walk Monday and ran Tuesday and Wednesday. Then Thursday and Friday I went back to staying up too late and not getting up early. I enjoy getting up early and getting my exercise in but I also enjoy staying up late. I wish I needed less sleep.

 

My 19 mile run was a challenge to say the least. It was raining for the first half and 19 miles is just a long way to run. Since it was raining and I knew I was going to be running for 3+ hours, I was concerned about chaffing and blisters. Besides the normal band aids on my nipples and Body Glide on areas known to chaff, I put a little Aquaphor on my toes and balls of my feet. No blisters so at the least, it didn't hurt. I did have some chaffing on the left side of my back from my heart rate strap and/or shirt. It was bad enough that my shirt turned pink from blood. Lesson learned there. I took pictures but decided to spare you all. You're welcome :-).

I did cheat a bit on my MAF training and let my heart rate go into the mis 150's instead of the mid 140's that I usually try to maintain. I figured that in the race, I'll be letting my hr go up so I might as well do it on my long runs. 3+ hours is a long time to run. Long enough that I started getting sore during the run. That's no fun and made me question why I'm even doing this. I suppose that is normal thinking when running the furthest I've ever run on pavement, logging my biggest mileage week ever and being on pace to have my biggest running month ever.

That said, I'm hungry, like all the time...

Grill two, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, amd corn.

 

Grill one. Bacon pork kabobs.

 

6 comments:

Michael said...

It's 9am and now I'm thinking I'm starving after looking at those pictures!

Congrats on getting thru your 19 miler! It is difficult to run for so long. As a slow runner I get this more than many. I only had 15 this weekend and was still at it for just over 3 hours...no fun. It takes alot out of you.

I'm kind of jealous of you doing Chicago. That was so, so much fun!! Even though I ended up not feeling great during my race, the experience was amazing! You will absolutely love it and all the training will be totally worth it. I promise :)

Teamarcia said...

19 in the rain sounds like no fun at all. KNowing me, I'd surrender to the mill for some or all of it. Seriously though, those are the runs you'll remember when you're standing at the starting line on 10/12. Well done!

One Crazy Penguin said...

I would run 19 miles to eat that dinner! Well done :)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Bacon pork kabobs definitely sounds like a good reward.

ajh said...

For some reason that top picture makes me think of Lost. Did you watch that when it was on?
You are doing well with your training. Of course you're hungry!

Anne B said...

Ugh, 19 miles is a long way. With a December marathon, I won't have to run that far for another 6 weeks or so.
Aquaphor is a good tip!