2017 Chicago Marathon Training: Week Seven

I had another solid week of training. It was HOT. Hello, July heat wave. I got all of my workouts in and continued to hit my paces and it was nice to see the gains in fitness really starting to show up. Besides that, it was a fairly mundane week running-wise. I’ve hit the point in training where these weekly recaps start to become repetitive. Got up, did my workout, repeat. This is the part of training where the work gets done, but the excitement of a new training cycle has worn off.

I am starting to feel confident about my goals for this season, but with each workout there is still that thought of, “I hope this translates to race day. That was good, but this is so much shorter than 26.2.” It’s not that I doubt my abilities – I’m learning that I am capable of a lot more than I thought when it comes to running, but marathons are hard. I’ve written about it time and again that all the preparation in the world still may not translate on race day because that is the nature of the marathon. The best I can do is stick to my training, focus on good recovery efforts, and go after it on race day.

I have nine weeks until taper. NINE. That sounds like a lot, but it isn’t! These weeks count for a lot and that’s how I’m going to approach them.

Life-wise, we celebrated our five year wedding anniversary this past weekend. We spent the afternoon at the science museum and then went out for a special dinner Saturday night. The restaurant treated us to complimentary champagne and dessert, which added to the already great experience we were having. All of our food was delicious! We finished out the night with some wine at home and a slow dance to our wedding song. It was a perfect weekend of celebrating.

That’s about it for this week. Week eight, here I come!

One thought on “2017 Chicago Marathon Training: Week Seven

  1. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style

    You’re having such a great training cycle! Getting you workouts in, hitting your paces, and seeing your confidence grow will all help you on race day. It’s true that the race day gods may throw some unexpected things at you, but if you go into the race with confidence, you know you’ll do well with the things you can control.

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