Chicago Marathon Training, Week 6

Just as I suspected would happen, Chicago summer is making training a little challenging. Last year my biggest challenge was fitting in my runs along with exploring the city, but this year I’ve made running a priority. However, I am still trying to get accustomed to running in high humidity, and it isn’t easy. 

This week was not intended to be a recovery week, but it kind of felt more so than last week. I still worked out at least four days, so no complaints about that.
Here’s my Week 6 of Chicago Marathon training went down:

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: 2.5 miles at Orangetheory. I did 2.1 miles in the running portion of class but came back to the treadmill for four 45-second bursts at the end of class. This was in lieu of the rower because my shoulder started to hurt. I think I overdid it somewhere in the floor portion of class.
Floor workout included:
  • Reverse lunges to one-legged squat with hands on the TRX straps.
  • Hip dips from plank.
  • Chest press (alternating arms).
  • Dead lifts.
Wednesday: 2.28 miles at group marathon training. It was 87 degrees (but felt much hotter) and we did a hill workout, which resulted in the sweatiest workout of my life. We ended the session with three 1-minute plank variations. 
Thursday: Rest day.
Friday: 15 minutes of at-home yoga. 
Saturday. 10 miles instead of the 12 miles I had scheduled. It was 87 degrees at 7:30 a.m., with a real feel of 91, and climbing. The humidity was insane. I decided to cut my run short by 2 miles, and I’m glad I did. I did a lot of walking around Lincoln Park the rest of the day. My Garmin said I took 32,000 steps.
Sunday: 75 minutes of yoga. I finally made it back to a studio! I checked out a new studio in my neighborhood, and my first class was free! My shoulder still ached from when I injured it that Tuesday, so I skipped from vinyasas.

Week’s mileage: 14.78
Yoga Minutes: 90 minutes,


I wanted to run one more day than I did, but I did the best I could under the circumstances. Chicago has been so humid and hot, and running is unbearable at times. On the plus side, I am happy I fit in a yoga class in the studio. I also think I balanced fitness with life in general last week. Now I am nervous about increasing my mileage in the coming weeks. The Chicago Marathon is only 11 weeks away!

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