Rock N Roll Chicago Training – Week 8

Whew!! Another jam packed week! It’s hard to believe that the race is just 7 weeks away!! I was exhausted from my travels the week before, so I treated this week as a “fall back” week of sorts.  Here’s how it all went down:

Monday: Planned – Rest Day. Actual – Rest Day.  Travel day back to ATL from Boston.  I was so exhausted when I got home after travelling and hitting traffic on the way back from the airport.  I knew if I didn’t get food I’d eat like crap for the week, but I just didn’t have the motivation to go to the grocery store. I used InstaCart and got some groceries delivered while I unpacked, etc.  It is a little more expensive than going yourself, but so worth it on nights like this! Since it was a travel day, I got a lot of walking in, but no run.  I was happy for the rest day after my race!

Tuesday: Planned – Cross Training.  Actual – Rest Day. I was so spent and exhausted, I really needed the extra sleep, so I took another rest day.  I really needed it! Skipper and I went on a few long walks together to loosen up my legs!

Wednesday: Planned – 6 miles with speedwork & Strength.  Actual – 3 miles @ 10:30 pace & strength.  I overslept (clearly, my body still telling me something) but managed to get in an easy 3 miles before strength training.  I started off super slow and progressed to a more moderate pace over the run.  I tried a new route and really enjoyed the change of scenery! I went heavy on the weights during strength training and my legs were like jello the rest of the day…

Thursday: Planned – 6 miles.  Actual – 6 mile hill run @ 10:58 pace.  I met Amy at Chastain Park for this run! I did the first 2.5 solo and she joined me for the last bit.  It was quite warm so I was happy to have her for the last part of the run, it really helped keep me going and the miles went by much faster!

Friday: Planned – rest day.  Actual – Rest Day. I thought about doing cross training, but my legs were crazy sore from Wednesday so I took the rest day.  I drove up after work to Asheville, NC for Christina’s birthday weekend!!

Saturday: Planned – 11 miles.  Actual -8 miles @ 11:19 pace.  Holy crap this was a hard run! We were in Asheville which is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the elevation was around 2,000 feet.  The run had a crazy climb along the first mile and a half and my legs were SPENT (and still sore from Wednesday).  Christina was having a really hard time with this run too, and we decided not to overdo it and cut the run way short.  I felt a little guilty about it but I do think it was the right thing to do. It was so great to run with both Christina (our first run together as Marathoners!!) and her sister, Angie!

Chrissy, Myself, and Angie before our run!

Chrissy, Myself, and Angie before our run!

Ready to Run!

Ready to Run!

We survived our Asheville run!

We survived our Asheville run!

After the run, we had breakfast and changed and then headed to the Biltmore for the day! If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it! We were able to spend the whole day there and had such an amazing time! The weather was amazing.  We found out there is a half marathon there in the spring, we may have to add that to our bucket list.

All the walking really did my legs in, though! Thank goodness I wore my compression sleeves under my maxi dress…

Ready to start our tour of the Biltmore!

Ready to start our tour of the Biltmore!

Happy Birthday, Chrissy!

Happy Birthday, Chrissy!

The flowers were in full bloom in the garden!

The flowers were in full bloom in the garden!

We had a great time tasting the wines of the Biltmore!

We had a great time tasting the wines of the Biltmore!

Sunday: Planned – Rest.  Actual – Rest.  I drove back to Atlanta today and spent way more time in the car than I would have liked.  I’m so excited to have a “normal” week coming up and really get back into my routine.

How was your week?

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Jess

One Comment

  1. Sounds like you had a smart week!! If I recall, you crushed a race in Boston so it’s awesome that you listened to your body. I bet this normal week will make you feel so strong!

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