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Marathon Mondays – Week 2 Chicago marathon training

And I’m done with week 2 of marathon training. I’ve decided to try and bring back marathon mondays where I recap my previous week of marathon training. Hopefully it won’t be too boring for you to read through. ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 2

Monday (Rest) – It has been incredibly difficult to rest when you’re on IG and looking at everyone’s running photos. LOL. It was tough, but I did it. I actually rested and wowee, my body needed it. Week 1’s activities wiped me out.

Tuesday (5 miles) – Yup. ~5 miles at an easy pace. Nailed it. Good thing too because my body was still super tired for some reason.img_0408

Wednesday (Rest) – Another day of rest. Wednesdays will be my only day of rest in a few weeks. I think during week 5 or 6, I’m supposed to do easy runs on Monday so that rest day will be gone. Yikes. Therefore, I plan to fully rest on Wednesdays. Got caught up on scrapbooking and organizing things around my place. Win.

Thursday (3 miles) – It was a double workout kind of day. 3 miles of running and 1 hour of intense cardio kickboxing. Do you know why it was intense? Because I pulled my gluteus maximus (aka my butt muscle) 20 minutes into the class and my hamstrings STILL HURT. LOL. I know I’m not supposed to cross train at all using this program, but I had a 10 class kickboxing pass I bought way back when and need to use it before it expired. I won’t make a habit of crosstraining too often. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚img_0502

Friday (3 miles) – Woke up SUPER sore from Thursday’s kickboxing class. I guess I did one too many squats and jab crosses. LOL. Was planning on going kickboxing again, but that didn’t happen. Ran an easy 3 miles and called it a day.

Saturday (5 miles) – Sigh. I am not a morning person, but since its’ getting warmer and I’ve joined a run group with Movin’ Shoes, I will wake up early to run. LOL. Got in 6 miles because everyone else was running around that distance. LOL. I’ve succumbed to peer pressure. ๐Ÿ™‚ It also happened to be Global #sportsbrasquad day so I put my insecurities aside and ran with just a sports bra. It was nerve wracking at first, but I ended up having a lot of fun chatting with another girl and forgot about my insecurities for that hour. ๐Ÿ™‚ img_0545

Sunday (5 miles) – Because I ran a little more that required during the other days, I only had to run 3.5 miles. Thank god too! I was packing all weekend and was really tired. I ended up forcing myself out the door midafternoon for a run and the run was not pretty. My legs felt like lead the entire way through, but I’m glad I got it done.

Total Mileage: 21 miles!

For this upcoming week, I’m hoping to repeat last’s week running schedule. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish me luck!

Question of the day: Are you training for anything and if you are, how is it going? 



My name is Mai and I am a recent PhD graduate. :) When not hard at work, I can be found training for a race, traveling the world, or talking about Disneyland. Come join me on my journey and help me navigate this world. :)

10 thoughts on “Marathon Mondays – Week 2 Chicago marathon training

  1. I am so excited to see how the Hansons training programme works for you!
    No cross training seems so harsh, lol!! The programme I followed allowed only 1 cross training per week most weeks (suggested swimming or cycling, I don’t do either) I really missed my HIIT workouts, weight training and boxing! I also noticed a substantial decline in my upper body strength since mostly just running! I have no doubt you will defo smash your goal time!!!

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    1. Thanks Angela! I know, right? I’m going to do a little bit of crosstraining in the early weeks before the mileage gets higher. Hopefully I don’t over do it. Running alone did make my upper body very weak. I took a kickboxing class yesterday and I felt a bit stronger. I could actually do push-ups this time. ๐Ÿ˜›

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