Chicago Marathon Training, Week #10

Chicago Marathon training, week #10 recap:

  • Miles run: 49.9
  • Miles biked: zero – no time and mini-taper
  • Pilates: 2 times
  • Core: 2 times

The details:

  • M: 8.1 miles (7:51) (Progression run paces from MP to 10k)
  • T: 10.25 miles (8:01) (w/ 7 at MP)
  • W: 8.4 miles(7:41) (w/ 3 x 2 mile repeats at diff goal paces 6:54; 7:21; 7:36)
  • Th: pilates
  • F: 6 miles (9:08) (w/ 5 x 100m strides)
  • Sa: 3 miles (8:37)
  • Su: Women’s Half Marathon 1:42:32 (7:48) and 1 mile warm up

I can’t believe there is only 6 weeks of training left.  3 1/2 hard weeks and then 2 1/2 weeks of taper!  Although this week is a cut back week in mileage (but still lots of quality).  Focus for the next weeks for me NEEDS to be food – I feel big and icky from eating and drinking like crap.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m serious this time!  Gonna eat better starting . . . NOW! 🙂

41 days til race day!


The Women’s Half Marathon in Bloomington was this weekend.  Definitely the hardest half marathon I’ve done, in terms of the course (hilly).  Throw in 100% humidity and the fact that this race was during peak mileage/training (55/60 mpw) and it definitely wasn’t a PR.  I ended up with 1:42:32 (7:48 pace).  (PR is 1:38:56).   Still – I’m happy with the race because I felt like it was a solid effort with the hills and even though it wasn’t a PR, it was my second best race time (PR was in June and before that my PR had been 1:44:44 – so the fact that I can get sub 1:45 on a tough course is great news for me).  Plus my overall place (30 out of 1230 women and 3rd in my age group) isn’t too bad!

I had a fabulous weekend! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Chicago Marathon Training, Week #10

  1. Lynne

    Consider: it just took me 1:48 to do my 1st long run of 8 miles. Sad but true. So your time in the Women’s half sounds unbelievably fast to me! Wish I could do that, but right now I’m just trying to focus on covering the distance. : /

    Today I’ll be at the state fair. We rely heavily on the bottomless cup of milk to fill everyone up!!

    1. Lynne – I remember when my long run miles were 10 and 11 and even 12 minute miles! It took me about 7 years to get them down to 7 and 8 minute miles! So don’t call your miles sad – they are fabulous!

      1. Lynne

        It’s very encouraging to know that you have made such amazing progress with your running times!! It gives me a little bit of hope for myself. Maybe by the time I reach 50 I can go fast.

  2. Cindi, I think that’s a great time for a half run mid-training and on lots of hills. You are going to do great! Just be nice to yourself and rest a lot between hard training.

  3. I bet your race performance was affected by 3 hard workouts in a row. Not to sound like a mother hen (but I do, so whatever), you should probably space out your quality a little. It’s too close to race time to hurt yourself now!

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