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Marathon Mondays – Week 9 of Chicago Marathon Training

It’s 9 weeks into the program and honestly if you’re still reading these recaps, I applaud you. LOL. I worry that these recaps can be kind of redundant especially if the workouts are all the same, but this recap, I have a treat for you at my expense. LOL. I completely broke down during Tuesday’s interval workout. Keep reading to find out why. 🙂

(Scheduled mileage)Actual mileage

Monday (7 miles)7.5 miles

Two Mondays in a row where I didn’t feel sluggish. Hooray! My running group only runs from 3-6 miles so I headed over 20 minutes earlier and did 2 miles before the run started.


Tuesday (4 x 1200 m with 1 mile WU and CD)3 x 1200 + 1 x 900 m with 1 mile WU and CD

And Tuesday is where I broke down. I had a really long day at work and got out a little later than expected. I was really stressed out, but I was still determined to get my interval done so I went out on the track and started. Most of the run went well, but on my last loop, my stomach just cramped up and I just hunched over and couldn’t run anymore. I started crying out of frustration and I just sat there for about 10 minutes trying to figure out if I should continue or not. I ended up not finishing the interval out of fear for my body and slowly jogged back to my office to grab my clothes and go home. Honestly, it was a really difficult moment for me. Running is something I know I can do. After a long day at work, it’s something I depend on to relieve tension so even a slight mishap like this one just broke me. I’m sure it also has to do with my impending defense Eek! Anyway, I finished the night with a pep talk to myself and decided that tomorrow was another day and it’d be fine. 🙂

Wednesday (Rest)9.5 easy miles

Thursday was going to be full of traveling and I knew I wouldn’t have the time to run before my flight so I made the decision to switch my usual rest day with my “tempo run.” The run ended up being an easy run because my tempo run would actually be race day. The 9.5 miles were difficult. I could feel my body needing the rest, but I was determined to put in the miles so I took it really easy. It was supposed to be 10 miles, but I also wasn’t feeling that well so I cut it short.

Thursday (8 mile tempo run with 1 mile WU and CD)Rest/Travel

Woohoo rest day! Made my way up to Vancouver.

Friday (5 easy miles)4.5 miles

Since Saturday was race day, I needed to do a shake out run. Hanson’s marathon method called for 5 miles so I upped and did an easy run. I was up in Vancouver with a friend and we ran part of the seawall together. It was a beautiful run and I honestly didn’t want it to end, but we got tired and decided to call it quits at 4.4 miles.

Vancouver run time!

Saturday (8 miles)13.4 miles (tempo sort of)

Ran the SeaWheeze Half marathon, which I will recap sometime in the next two weeks. Trust me, it was amazing and you do not want to miss my recap.

Sunday (10 miles)3.7 miles

With all the sightseeing we had done in the previous two days, I could only manage a 3.7 mile recovery run instead of the 4.7 that I needed to finish the week’s scheduled mileage.

Total mileage (46 miles)45 miles

Considering that I was in another country for 3 of the days and had to move my running around quite a bit, I’m going to call this week a success. Hooray!

How do you rearrange your schedule when traveling? Do you run while on vacation?




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. :)

17 thoughts on “Marathon Mondays – Week 9 of Chicago Marathon Training

  1. So amazing you did all of that, especially with travel! I always feel so funky when I travel, even if it’s just a short flight–almost hungover. I would find it so hard if I traveled for work like you do-mad props! x

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    1. Thanks Cat! I was actually traveling for a race. Thank goodness no work was involved or else I’d be too tired to run. It was really a struggle to get those miles in, but it was worth it. Exploring Vancouver by running was so amazing. I’d recommend it to everyone. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Fallon! I think I might be converting to a racecationer! Although, I need to figure out how to rest more while on vacation. I’m still super exhausted from the trip. I needed two cups of coffee this morning and when I got home from work, I realized I had two different pairs of socks on. One was gray and one was bright blue/pink. They weren’t even close in color. LOL. Okay, off I go to bed. 🙂


  2. Another Awesome week of workouts, it wouldn’t be marathon training without a little breakdown, right? You got back up and smashed it and that’s the main thing, you keep going!!!! I always pack my running gear with good intentions because I think running is a great way to explore but very rarely do I ever actually manage to!!!

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  3. Another great running week! Can’t wait to hear about Seawheeze! Maybe once I finish all 50 states I’ll do one in all of the Canadian provinces. : ) Running when traveling takes planning and the drive to get out there and run even you might not really want to. Oh, and supportive family or friends is essential if you’re not traveling solo. One of my favorite things to do is run on vacation because I get to learn the area so much better than in a car!

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree. After running the race, I got a better sense of where everything was. The following day, I was walking around and thought, hmmm I’ve been here before. LOL. You totally should run the Canadian provinces! Vancouver is a must. The city is amazing.

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  4. Great work this week! It can be frustrating and demoralizing (though some say “humbling”) when a bad workout happens when all you want is a really good run. It’s always tough in those situations where it feels out of our control because we want to keep pushing even though our body says no – that’s what we’re training for, right? I also feel like my blogs get a bit redundant at this point in training. In fact, I didn’t even post this week :-X

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    1. The bad runs are definitely humbling, but it’s also nice to feel on top of the world. hahah. I still try to post once a week so that I can keep track. It’s more an accountability thing for me, but redundancy is definitely a concern for me still.


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