Chicago Marathon Training: Weeks 8, 9, 10

Get ready for three whole weeks of marathon training updates coming at you! Since I’m so far behind, I’m going to update you on how training has gone with multiple weeks per-post. August was a great month for training. Going on vacation really helped me sort of push a reset button on my mindset and physical state during training. I was feeling a bit burned out, both mentally and physically, before that.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 8

Chicago Marathon Training week 8

  • Monday: 5 miles, 9:36 min/mile pace
  • Tuesday: 7 miles, 9:45 min/mile pace
  • Wednesday: 5 miles, hill club!
  • Thursday: rest day
  • Friday: 17 miles, 10:00 min/mile pace
  • Saturday: rest (vacation)
  • Sunday: rest (vacation)

This was the week before I went on vacation to Cape Cod for a week. Since we were leaving Saturday morning, I squeezed in my 17-mile run before work on Friday morning. Thankfully, I have a job where the hours are a bit more flexible, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I’m so glad I did. I was actually able to enjoy the beginning of my vacation without the pressure of running.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 9 (AKA: vacation week)

 Chicago Marathon Training Week 9


  • Monday: 4 miles along the Cape Cod Rail Trail with Steph, no pace recorded
  • Tuesday: rest day
  • Wednesday: 5 miles along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, 9:16 min/mile pace
  • Thursday: rest day
  • Friday: rest day
  • Saturday: rest day
  • Sunday: 13 miles, 9:25 min/mile

Overall, I’m 100% happy with my running on vacation. Yeah, my mileage took a hit and I didn’t run all the workouts I was supposed to. But I relaxed and enjoyed every mile. Sunday’s delayed 13-mile long run was PAINFUL. I had a ton of energy (hence the quicker pace) but I hit the wall so hard at mile 10. I wasn’t fueled enough, didn’t have enough water, and all around made mistakes. Oh well, can’t win them all.

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 10

Chicago Marathon training week 10


  • Monday: Back to work! I went to yoga on Monday after my long run Sunday. 1.5 sweaty class at Sweat and Soul Yoga
  • Tuesday: 5 miles, 9:30 min/mile pace
  • Wednesday: 4 miles at hill club!
  • Thursday: 8 miles, 9:37 min/mile pace
  • Friday: rest day
  • Saturday: 18 miles, 9:53 min/mile pace
  • Sunday: rest

This week’s long run was AWESOME. I felt 100% back in the game this week and I felt strong and confident during my 18 mile run. I’m so glad I decided to move around my training weeks to run my cutback week during vacation. I knew that putting the pressure on myself to run as much as I was supposed to on vacation would end up completely ruining my trip. Being flexible about scheduling is the only way I’ve survived training this cycle, and it’s so important for people to realize that it’s okay to not stick to your planned weeks 100%. Life happens, and the best thing you can do is stay agile and go with the flow.

Weeks 11-13 coming soon!