Chicago Marathon Training Plan

Happy Friday! I am so excited for this week to be over! It has been a crazy week for me and I am ready to sleep in!

I am currently going straight from work this afternoon to run my first long run for my marathon training! I worked all week putting together my training schedule for the next 16 weeks.

I combined training plans from Nike, Hal Higdon, Meghann and Kelly to suit my personal needs and goals. It was a bit intimidating putting everything together and watching the long run numbers pile up.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you may know that the farthest I have ever run has been the 13.1 miles of a half marathon. I ran 6 half marathons last year, but there is a big difference between 13.1 and 26.2!

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My weekly training plans consist of:

  • 1-2 days of cross training
  • 2-3 days of 1 hour runs/speed workouts
  • I am planning to run my LONG runs on Fridays, pending my work schedule. Most Friday’s I am able to get out early and would have the afternoon to run. I know it will be hot, but I would like to be able to sleep in Saturdays and Sundays for a bit and have the stress and anticipation for my long runs over with at the beginning of the weekend.
  • Rest days on Saturdays

These are just my initial plans. I really am concerned with burning myself out too quick so I want to be strong when I am running, but be careful not to overdo it. Does that make sense?

My cross training days will consist of biking/swimming/ elliptical/yoga, pretty much anything goes! I want to do more than just run during my training.

I am also going to play each week by ear in terms of my schedule, cross training days and rest days can be switched if possible.

I have plans today to head on over to a new location to get in my long run for the week. Hopefully I will be reporting back later with good news of a nice run! Fingers crossed!

What do you think about my training plan?

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In other news 

Have you ever had your eyebrows threaded?

I got mine done for the first time when I was home in Virginia last weekend for Michele’s wedding. It was painful, and a bit scary, but I really liked the results. Plus, it has to be better than putting harsh chemicals on your skin and ripping them off, right? I am also assuming waxing could give wrinkles faster than threading.

What are your thoughts?  Are you a wax-er or a thread-er?

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The winner of the Sweaty Bands Giveaway is:

Emily at Beyond the Textbook!

Congrats girl! Email me your information and I will get your band in the mail! If I don’t hear from you by next Tues I will pick a new winner!

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4 Comments

  • Reply scargosun July 2, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I think your plan looks good but will you be doing long runs EVERY Friday? That might burn me out. I get my brows waxed but it is and all natural, soy based wax and I find my skin recovers much quicker than with the other standard waxes. I am very lucky with this. The yoga studio I used to go to has a holistic facialist and esthetician. She is wonderful.

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ July 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I can not wait to hear how your training goes. Good luck! I have heard of the eyebrow threading but have never tried it.

  • Reply Michelle July 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I have been getting my eye brows threaded for over a year…and I LOVE IT. I only have to get them done every 4-6 months–NO JOKE! It is kinda painful (not in a burn wax kind of way) but in a eye plucking/shaving with thread way–haha. I will NEVER go back to waxing again!

  • Reply ladypurpl July 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    You training plan looks good, just remember if you need to be flexible and switch things around, it's ok!
    I recently started threading, like it much,much better!
    My waxing days are OVER!

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