I can't believe the Chicago Marathon is only 13 weeks away! As some many may think that is a long time, I do not. I've had a rough couple weeks with slower paces then I was expecting and the heat really getting to me. These rough times make me question myself whether or not I will actually be able to reach my goal. I've never missed a goal I've set for myself when it comes to running and I'd really like to not start now! My head has been messing with me a lot lately. When I feel tired or have dead legs, I start to tell myself that I'll never run this marathon in 3:40 or less - that I just don't have the strength. I must get a handle on the mental aspect of my training or this could ruin what I have set out to do.
I think I may need to add track work to my short scheduled runs too. I HAVE to get my pace up on my longer distance training runs, even in this heat & humidity.
I need to get out of this funk I am in.
Here is how this weeks training went.
Monday Scheduled: 3 mile run
Monday Actual: 3.36 mile run w/ my brother in-law; 27:56 8:22 pace
Tuesday Scheduled: 6 mile run
Tuesday Actual: Rest Day
Wednesday Scheduled: 3 mile run
Wednesday Actual: 7 mile run on the treadmill; 1 @ 8:41 pace, 1 @ 8:20 pace, 1 @ 8:13 pace, 1 @ 8:00 pace, 1 @ 7:47 pace, 1 @ 8:13 pace, 1 @ 8:41 pace, push ups 1 x 20
Thursday Scheduled: Rest
Thursday Actual: 6.09 mile run on treadmill; 1 @ 8:41 pace, 1 @ 8:34 pace, 1 @ 8:27 pace, 1.09 @ 8:20 pace, 1 @ 8:27 pace, 1 @ 8:34 pace, leg lifts 4 x 15, push ups 2 x 15
Friday Scheduled: 6 mile pace run
Friday Actual: 2 mile run on treadmill @ 8:34 pace (sore legs), upper body lifting; biceps, triceps, shoulders
Saturday Scheduled: 12 mile run
Saturday Actual: 11.92 mile run; 1:38:49 8:17 pace
Sunday Scheduled: cross train
Sunday Actual: 30 minutes stationary bike, upper body lifting; chest & back, core work, legs (squats, lunges, wall sits)
Scheduled Mileage: 30 miles
Actual Mileage: 30.35 miles