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Marathon Mondays – Week 13 of Chicago Marathon Training

Less than a month until I run the Chicago Marathon. Holy crap. Here’s my recap of how my marathon training went this past week.

(Scheduled Mileage) Actual Mileage

Monday (6 miles)7 miles

Since Mondays are easy miles, I try running more miles than scheduled because I know I’ll be exhausted by Sunday.

Tuesday (2 x 3 miles with 1.25 mile recovery jog and a 1 mile WU and CD)8 easy miles

This was my worst run of the week. I had to run a few errands in the morning so by the time I was ready to run, it was noon in peak heat. I decided to run by the bay because it’d be a little bit cooler. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. With the heat and lack of shade for 4 miles, I got destroyed during the run. My calf muscles were extremely tight and it took 4 miles for them to loosen up. Each mile in, I had to stop and stretch. I was so mentally and physically drained that I ended up doing an easy 8 miles instead of trying to push myself for intervals. I also miscalculated and didn’t realize I was supposed to do a little over 9 miles. Oops.

Wednesday (Rest)9 mile tempo run with 1 mile WU and CD

I was traveling on Thursday so I decided to try for an 9 mile tempo run on Wednesday and rest on Thursday. It was still really warm and I ended up waiting until Wednesday evening to run. It was an okay run and I hit my tempo pace more or less. I did make a few stops along the way because it got dark and I got lost. LOL.

Thursday (9 mile tempo run with 1 mile WU and CD)Rest

Traveled to Texas for vacation so it was a rest day for me.

Friday (6 miles)8 miles (4.5 outdoors and 3.5 indoors)

If you didn’t know, Texas is very warm right now. I woke up a little late and was only able to run 4.5 miles outdoors before it got too warm. It was also my first time really exploring Bastrop and honestly I thought I’d get eaten by wildlife. The city is very much considered the countryside and my paranoia was getting the best of me. LOL. I finished the rest of the miles on the treadmill later that day.

Running around Bastrop, Texas

Saturday (10 miles)10 miles (5.5 outdoors and 4.5 indoors) and an hour of rockclimbing

Again, I split the run into two parts – 1/2 outdoors and 1/2 indoors due to heat. I don’t really enjoy running on the treadmill, but this was the only option since I couldn’t get up early enough (I’m not a morning person) and didn’t want to get heatstroke in the sun. I also ended up bouldering for about an hour.

Sunday (8 miles)6 miles and dance classes

The plan was to go to the Greenbelt in Austin to run, but by the time I woke up, the temperature was already mid 70s. It would have taken another 40 minutes to get into Austin and by that time it would have been 80 and I don’t do well in 80 degree weather. Instead, I went into Austin and took some free dance classes (Intro to Hip Hop and Intro to Ballet for Adults) to mix things up a bit. I ended up getting the miles in on the treadmill later that night while catching up on the BibRave Podcast.

Total mileage (49 miles)49.1 miles 

Thoughts of the Week: With less than 4 weeks to go, I’m getting really nervous about the marathon. Because I’ve been struggling with pacing and hitting my target mileage each week (thank goodness I hit it this week), I think I’ll try for a sub 4:15 marathon time instead. A sub 4 might have been too ambitious, but I don’t regret trying for it at all. 27 days to go. YIKES!

Question for you: I will be moving onto Boston for a few days, but I’ve been having a hard time finding safe routes to run while traveling. How do you find routes to run? Any suggestions for routes to run in either Austin or Boston? Thanks in advance!


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. :)

21 thoughts on “Marathon Mondays – Week 13 of Chicago Marathon Training

    1. Thanks! I’ll definitely check that out. I have a 16 miler coming up on Saturday and need a nice route to run. hahah I felt super tempted to just do a shortened run, but it’s my last one before I begin to taper.


    1. I’m pretty embarrassed by this, but I thought I’d see some bear or cat. I’m not a huge nature person and I rarely go out onto trails so I had no idea. I did see unleashed dogs in front yards though. That was a little concerning since the yard had a beware of dog sign on it.

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      1. You never know when you’re out on trails in a strange place you’re not familiar with what you’ll encounter, so I get that. I’m always nervous when I see an unleashed dog. Funny thing about beware of dog signs. We have one on our fence, but our dog is truly the sweetest dog in the world. It’s purely for homeowner’s insurance purposes in case some idiot came into our yard and something were to happen, to protect us. But again, you never know so it’s always best to be cautious.

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      2. Ah, I didn’t know that. Yeah, one dog was just sitting in the yard not moving so I figured that as long as I didn’t enter the yard, the dog would stay there. There was another dog that was barking at me in the front yard and the scary part was that there was no gate in the front yard. Luckily, that pup just barked and didn’t get close to me. I was ready to bolt at that point.

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  1. Do you follow janerunswild on IG or WordPress? She lives in Boston and I’m sure wouldn’t mind recommending a route or two. Great job keeping it going on vacation! You’re going to nail it next month!! 💪

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  2. Nice week getting in the miles while traveling. Now for the training- you’re 4 weeks out, you should be tired and kind of doubting. Normal plans would have you almost at taper. Hansons does not. These feelings are normal, stay strong, you can do this! Running in Bastrop sounds very much like running in my area. 😛

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    1. Thanks! I’m actually considering tapering after this week’s long run. I’m just not sure how much longer I can keep up 40+ mile weeks. I’ll be running in Boston Friday and Saturday so it should be more city like. Haha 😂


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