This was it. My spring training using Runner’s World Run Less Run Faster came to an end with the Chicago Spring Half Marathon this morning. I enjoyed the training plan very much, and felt it got me to the starting line feeling confident. I stuck to the plan pretty closely up until Ragnar Trail Richmond when I adjusted the week before and the week after to accommodate the many miles I asked my legs to run on the trails of Pocahontas State Park.
Bill flew to Austin for business on Monday morning, and I went into overdrive determined to finish up my spring painting projects before I boarded my flight for Chicago on Thursday morning. Guess what? I did it! No more talk about painting and my love/hate relationship with it until my big reveal in a week or two. In the meantime, here’s a hint from the last of my many projects…
I chose to workout during the first three days of my taper week, and moved my Thursday run to Wednesday since Thursday would be a travel day. I knew that once my feet hit the ground in Chicago I’d be walking quite a bit, but hoped that Saturday could be a more relaxed day off my feet.
- Lift – 1 hour
- Rodney Yee’s Yoga Conditioning For Athletes (affiliate link) – Yoga for Runners
- Interval Run- 1 mile warm-up, 6 x 400 at 8:00, 8:00, 8:00, 7:47, 7:47, and 7:35 pace (7:47 goal pace), 1 mile cool-down, 400 easy recovery between intervals
- Rodney Yee’s Intermediate Yoga (affiliate link) Integration
- Teeter Hang Ups (affiliate link) Inversion – 15 minutes
- Steady Run – 5 miles at 8:48 pace
- Teeter Inversion – 15 minutes
- Strength Training – 1 hour
- Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga For Beginners (affiliate link) – Yoga For Flexibility
I got home from my run with my speedy friend Kathy and remembered to follow-up with a conversation we’d just had. As soon as I walked into the door, I looked up last year’s results for the Chicago Spring Half. I was surprised to see that there were ten-year age groups, not five. I was also shocked to see that everyone older than sixty is lumped into one age group. Yikes, remind me not to run that race when I’m 81!
Perhaps Kathy had given me this little good luck gift of a Momentum wrap bracelet at our run that morning thinking ahead to when I’m 81 running against 60-year-olds! BTW, Saturday evening around 9 PM I popped on the half marathon website and discovered that this year they had five year age groups!
- Walking – 7.5 miles
I met our friends Janet and Rich (Julie’s parents) to fly together to Chicago on Thursday morning. (Bill would be flying directly from Austin). Janet and I laughed when we saw each other because we were both wearing our running shoes – both of us afraid to let them out of our sight. I could buy new running clothes at the expo, but custom orthotics and perfectly broken in running shoes aren’t easily replaced. Who am I kidding? My shoes arrived from Amazon (affiliate link) on Wednesday!
Once in Chicago we met up with our “children” (our son Joseph is married to Janet and Rich’s daughter Julie) for a little sight seeing and dinner. During our walk we passed this sign and stopped for a picture.
- Core exercises – 15 minutes
- Yoga for Runners
- Walking – 9.5 miles
Normally I don’t include any walking miles in my daily workout report unless I specifically go for a walk. While in Chicago, I am noting those miles because I’m walking much more than I normally do…
- Walking – 6 miles
We had a delicious lunch at Doc B’s where in addition to a Southwest chicken salad, I got my favorite pre-race food of sweet potato fries. Yum! For our pre-race dinner we had pasta and a salad at J and J’s apartment.
- Chicago Spring Half Marathon – 1:59:05
- Walking – 4 miles
Janet and I each had a great race and lots of fun. Spoiler alert, I might have placed second in my age group! I’ll post details in my recap once I get it up; however, I doubt I’ll be able to get the recap complete until the first week of June though, because I’ve got another busy week coming up.
After showers and relaxing, we spent Sunday afternoon enjoying the beautiful Chicago weather, and I might have slipped a margarita in there somewhere!
- Weekly Overview:
- Weight Training: Monday and Wednesday
- Running: Tuesday – 5 miles, Wednesday – 5 miles, Sunday 13.1 (Total: 23.1 miles)
- Biking: zero
- Walking: 27 miles
- Yoga: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Teeter Inversion: Tuesday and Wednesday
- Average Steps Per Day: 18,233
- Average Hours Sleep Per Night: 6:41 hours
- Have you traveled for races?
- If so, what’s been your favorite “racecation?” Prior to this trip, my favorite racecations were (in this order): Big Sur Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Steamtown Marathon
- Did you race this weekend?
Have a great week!
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