Illinois Marathon Training – Week 6

Illinois Marathon Week 6

As with Week #5, Week #6 went just as expected, and in the long run, I guess that is a good thing.

Monday
Bike – As usual, Monday is cross-training/biking.  I did a relatively easy 30 minutes.  I started out pretty slow to get my legs loosened up after running harder (or at least I perceived it as harder when doing it) on Saturday.  The good news is that I finally got back into stretching after riding.  I am pretty lazy about that, stretching, but I know that it is a necessary evil.  I am going to make a big effort to do some stretching after every ride or run.

Tuesday
3 Miles – I ran a very easy 3 miles at a comfortable 9:00/mile pace on the treadmill.  I felt good and certainly think I could have run faster, but to make sure I am recovering properly and doing all the right things, I kept it at 9:00/mile pace.

Wednesday
7 Miles – Wednesdays had just been a 5 or 6 mile run to this point, and now it has gradually increased itself to 7 miles.  The big “issue” I have with this is that 7 miles on a treadmill is when I start to get a little bored.  I do have some catching up to do with TV shows that are recorded (The Walking Dead for example), so I guess I’ve got that going for me … which is nice.  It was another 9:00/mile pace day, and I felt good doing it. 

Thursday
3 Miles – This was an exact repeat of Tuesday. 3 miles in 27 minutes.

Friday
Rest – Glorious Rest.

Saturday
7 Miles – Unfortunately, rather than being a nice outdoor run, this ended up being repeat of Wednesday’s treadmill run.  It was snowing when I woke up. It was snowing when I wanted to run.  Plus, with all the snow we’ve had this year, snowplows/salt/… is seemingly at a premium, and since this was the case, I didn’t anticipate the roads getting cleared until later in the evening when the snow had stopped.  Didn’t start my catching up on The Walking Dead though. Maybe next week.

Sunday
10 Miles – Finally got to run outside. Yippee!!!  It was a little chilly (only 18 with a wind chill of 7), but it certainly wasn’t nearly as bad as last weekends half on the lakefront.  I decided to turn this into a 3/1 run, so after running the first 7 at a comfortable 8:50 – 9:00 range, I picked up the last three to finish in 8:40, 8:23, and 8:31.  Those felt real good, and I didn’t feel like I was pushing myself at all for those paces.  It was very, very comfortable.

Overall
It was a great week of running after the disappointment (was it really though?) of the F^3 Half. Plus, I was able to get some running in outside when I thought that there would be nothing of the sort with the early forecasts for the week.  I finished strong on Sunday, and I even finished every run with some stretching.

I can’t wait to see what Week 7 brings.

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