This week was the week leading up to the Chicago marathon! It was pretty light work as I was tapering, but it is as important to take the taper weeks the right way as it is to train hard!
Monday was 5 miles easy at 9:03 average. I followed it by doing some core work and my physical therapy exercises. These exercises were given to me by a physical therapist 2+ years ago, and I STILL do them often. I consider them pre-hab instead of rehab.
For core, 3 rounds:
- 15 jack knifes
- 15/15 single leg bridge
- 20 bicycles
- 30 second plank
Physical therapy exercises, 3 rounds:
- 15/15 single leg squat
- 15/15 curtsy squat
- 20 banded lateral steps
- 15/15 fire hydrants
Tuesday was 2 miles warm up, 2 x 2 miles at 8:10-8:15, 2 miles cool down. Actual paces: 8:03/8:08 and 7:55/8:11. Around about this time I started feeling EXHAUSTED. Just completely sapped of energy. Honestly, I did some light stretching and skipped the core work in lieu of a 20 minute NAP before dinner. Like what? Who am I?
Wednesday was 5 miles easy at 9:18 average. I felt like hot garbage on this run. Just slow, heavy and exhausted. I could barely keep my eyes open all day. I started really worrying at this point that I felt so tired. I sent my coach a stressy email and she confirmed that yes, it is, in fact, normal. Yes, I still need reassurance 5 marathons later.
Thursday was 4 easy miles at 9:13 average. Still did not feel great, but was more okay with it this time haha. Did not have time for a pre-dinner nap. Went to bed at 7:30 instead.
Friday was a travel and rest day. For my packing list, you can click here!
Saturday I did the Chicago International 5k with my dad as a shake out! It was a lot of fun doing it with him. Last year I was worried about doing it because I was soooo busy over stressing. I am so glad my dad and I got to do it together. And my mom cheered us on! It was so much fun.
Sunday was the Chicago Marathon! Per my watch, I ran 27.44 miles at 7:41 pace. Per the official timing, I ran 26.2 in 3:30:53. It’s not a PR, but it is a solid Boston Qualifying time for 2019, so I am happy!
That ended my week with a total of 51.3 or or 52.54 miles, depending on how you look at it HAHA. I’ll be doing a race recap later when I have race photos!
What I Ate In A Day:
This was on Tuesday of taper week. As is typical of taper, I was starving. At 6:00am before my run, I had coffee with Vital Proteins and 2% milk.
After my run, I another cup of coffee and oats with protein powder, peanut butter, banana, berries, bee pollen and cinnamon.
For lunch I had a flat out wrap with turkey and light cheese, carrots and Quest Protein chips. I wasn’t quite hungry enough for the nectarine right then.
So I ate the nectarine a few hours later with a small handful of Special K Protein cereal for a snack.
The BF wasn’t going to be home for dinner until a little later, so to tide me over I had a 100 calorie Wholly Guacamole cup with 1 serving of tortilla chips. I don’t count calories anymore, but I love the little cups because they stop me from consuming guacamole until I am physically sick.
Dinner was Barilla Protein spaghetti with 2 chicken sausages, red sauce and a side salad.
After dinner I had a couple of pieces of dark chocolate! And that was a wrap!
Race recap to come later when I have race photos. Thank you so much for all the support and love. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate it all.