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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

Rest – Glorious Rest.

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.

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.

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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