Chicago Marathon Training: Week 5

Week 5. Aka: The week where shit got real. This week was really hard, but also kind of fun. I have officially tweaked my plan (more on that below) and feel 100% happy with my decision. Here’s the week that was:

Chicago Marathon Training Week 5

Chicago Marathon training week 5

  • Monday: 4 miles (9:12 min/mile) plus strength training at the gym
  • Tuesday: 6.28 miles (9:52 min/mile)
  • Wednesday: Hill Club!! I finally made it back after 3 weeks off. ~4.5 miles total
  • Thursday: Afterburn. Ouch. The workout:

10 box jumps
20 pushups
20 single leg lunges with TRX (10 each)
20 single arm battle rope (10 each)
10 KB squat press
*finisher: 100m row sprint
*finisher: 10 burpees

4 minute cap, 1 minute rest in between each set. Repeat 10x

  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: 14 mile long run, 9:56 min/mile
  • Sunday: Rest day


I got to go back to a couple workouts I love this week: hill club at Heartbreak Hill Run Company and my Thursday night Afterburn class at my gym. The only way this was possible was because of my new, tweaked training plan. I have officially cut back to 4 runs/week. I alluded to it last week, but I realized after how burned out I was getting after only 4 weeks of training, I was in for a world of hurt (and possible injury) if I didn’t change something. I ran 4x week for my last 2 marathons with PR’s at each race. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? I’m really glad I cut back. I had a lot more energy this week and enjoyed my workouts a hell of a lot more. 4 days is here to stay.

Saturday’s long run was also really painful. Thanks to Thursday night’s insane class (didn’t help that I took a 3-week break) I was still sore all over Saturday morning. Somehow, I trudged through 14 miles at a decent long run pace. I found myself wanting to keep moving because it hurt to stop! If my 3-hour nap on Saturday afternoon wasn’t already an indication of my fatigue, I was TIRED. Sunday’s rest day was much needed.

Here’s to another week!