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Marathon Mondays – Week 4 of Chicago marathon training

After 3 weeks of base training, I finally started increasing my weekly mileage. This week, I was scheduled for 24 miles. Let’s see how I did, shall we?

Monday (Rest) – Soooooo I wasn’t going to actually rest on Monday. I had plans to go to kickboxing again, but once I got there, they were closed. Womp womp. Turns out that they had closed in preparation for the 4th of July. Oops. I should probably check their schedule in advance next time.

Tuesday (5 miles) – The group I run with at Movin Shoesย had an organized 10k fun run up to Mt. Soledad. For those of you who don’t know, the trek up Mt. Soledad is STEEP! There’s a gain of 676 ft in elevation over the course of 3.1 miles. I ran up this hill in May and must have forgotten how steep it was because I ran up it again on Tuesday and boy was it killer. I am proud to say that I ran up that entire hill without stopping though. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I ran it in May, I had to walk a portion of it so I think I’m improving. Yay!img_0778

Wednesday (Rest) – Since I didn’t do kickboxing Monday, I caught Wednesday’s kickboxing class instead. I, once again, pulled my butt muscle. LOL. I honestly don’t know how I keep doing this to myself. Sigh.


Thursday (4 miles) – Ran an easy 4 miles.

Friday (5 miles) – It started heating up a bit so I grabbed my OrangeMud Phone. (hydration) Flask. Vest. and made it through the 5 miles. The run was a little slower than I wanted, but it still fell within the pace range my program suggested.

Saturday (4 miles) – The weekend runs got a little tricky. It was expected to heat up to the 80s and when it gets hot, I don’t want to run. Luckily, I do group runs on Saturday and I’m a bit more motivated to run on Saturdays so I ran a bit more than suggested. Ranย 7 miles at an “easy” pace along the beach. ๐Ÿ™‚ In reality, it wasn’t easy. It was hot and humid and chafing was definitely a thing during that run.


The Fall half marathon/full marathon training group

Sunday (6 miles) – HAH! Yeah, right. Six miles was not going to happen. I had anticipated this, which is why I ran more miles on Saturday. Go past me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I scheduled a free spin class at SparkCycle in the morning courtesy of Yelp (elite). The class was intense, but I survived thanks to Krystin, my instructor for the class. On a scale of 1-10 for energy, Krystin was an 11. LOL. After finishing class, I went to work and ran an easy 3 miles to finish off the week.


Krystin, the instructor for the class

Weekly mileage – I ran 26 miles. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hooray!

Thought for the week – This upcoming week will be kind of crazy. My boyfriend will be visiting for a week and so I will be trying to run most of my miles in the morning. I’m also deviating from the Hanson marathon method quite a bit since I’m racing on Sunday. Eek. Not sure how this will pan out, but I’ll have my fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚ How do you deal with deviations in training?ย 



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. :)

16 thoughts on “Marathon Mondays – Week 4 of Chicago marathon training

  1. Most of us aren’t professional athletes and there are ALWAYS going to be deviations. No deviation is so significant that it will mess everything up. It’s mostly the mental challenge of convincing yourself that it won’t matter. That being said, they do add up. If you find yourself deviating regularly, you may want to consider a different plan.

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  2. Sounds like a pretty productive run week for your training. Wow 600+ ft elevation sounds so freakin intense, congrats on conquering it.

    For my deviations, I get upset but I try not to beat myself up over it because deviations are just a part of life . . . especially if you a mathematician ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Great week Mai…enjoy reading your recaps…I don’t worry too much about variations in the plan…an occasional changeup of a workout or switching in a race that you want to do instead of a scheduled weekend long run won’t hurt at all…i ran a half-marathon pretty hard 2 weeks before i ran Chicago in 2015 and still ran a marathon PR – I’m not saying I would recommend doing that but some deviation is fine! have a fun week!

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    1. Thanks! I’m hoping to stick to the plan as much as I can, but I know deviations will happen. I’ve never done interval training so that will be an interesting one to play around with. Hopefully I can survive the speed work because I’m pretty slow with all the mileage I’ve been running.


  4. Great week and awesome job at Mt. Soledad! Deviations in training plans are just part of life. You do what you can and make the best of it. Like everything else, you just have to prioritize. If racing is more important to you than sticking 100% to the plan, then so be it.

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  5. Nice miles! I deviate a lot which is why I rarely follow plans. You really don’t want to give up cross training do you? ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s one of the hardest things about Hanson’s- the rigidity. It gets to you. I wish had more cross training options. Grrr.

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