Unfortunately, this week did not quite go as planned. Had a little Treadmill mishap that lead to some stiffness in the hamstring, but overall, I am pleased that I am feeling better. Plus, we are still moving forward.
As with Week #5, Week #6 went just as expected, and in the long run, I guess that is a good thing.
Week 5 of Training for the Illinois Marathon went about as expected.
That was certainly interesting. I thought the marathon that I ran back in November was tough, but this race may have beat it out. Not only was it cold, but it was also windy. Not only was it windy, but the varying course conditions (snow, ice, slush, mud, pavement, puddles) made for some kind of run. Though I suppose that when you sign up for a Half Marathon in January, what can one expect? I can say that last year’s Polar Dash was quite different since it was about 50 degrees that January day.
My wife, bless her soul, decided to make the trek down to the lakefront with me. I don’t know why she did given what the weather was calling for, but hey, I am glad she supports me in these crazy endeavors. We arrived about 9:00, and found parking relatively close to the Start/Finish area. I decided to get out of the car at about 9:40. This would give me time to start getting acclimated to the weather (and it was cold) as well as make my way to the Start/Finish line.
I didn’t need to do any kind of gear check since my wife was with me. I was able to leave everything with her as well as keep my warm winter coat, gloves, hat, and pants on until just before the race.
After taking about 5 weeks of easy recovery after the marathon and then a couple of additional weeks to begin building back up again, it as to start thinking about the Illinois Marathon and the training required for it. For Naperville, I had been using the Nike Training Plan provided by the Naperville Running Company. (By the way, NRC won the award for the Best Running Store in the US last year. I recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.)
I did modify the plan that had been provided a bit though. I added in various workouts – 3/1 runs, pace runs, a bit of speed work – in hopes that I would be better prepared for 26.2 miles. All in all I thought the training went well, but this time I decided to change things up. I am using the Hal Higdon Intermediate 2 Plan. I felt like I had some success using his plans when I started “seriously” running again, so I was like – what the heck…
We are now t-minus 3 days and counting until my first marathon. To say that I am pretty excited about it is an understatement. This past week of tapering (4, 3, and Rest) and upcoming (3, Rest, 2) is just killing me. I really want to get out there and run. I am so ready of this, and I am so ready to get this started.