2010 Chicago Training – Week 6

I enjoy training for a marathon.  I enjoy putting in the miles. I enjoy dealing with the scheduling to get the training in.  I enjoy working out the details of the race.  I enjoy feeling like I’m making progress toward a goal.

This cycle seem to be a little different in that I just don’t feel like I am making progress.  It is more of a struggle to maintain and persevere. At this point, I am attributing it to the heat.  (I am not ready to admit that age could be a factor.) With the temperature in the mid-90s and the heat index above 100 most afternoons, I am just happy to get in the mileage. The week I was on vacation gave me hope.  I was able to run in the mornings and saw my times improve.  I know I could switch to running before dawn.  Getting up at 3:30 am on Saturday is fine for once a week.  I just can’t bring my self to doing it everyday even though I get up at 4:30 on weekdays.

With at least 6 more weeks of summer, I guess my only hope is to hang in there and hope for an early fall.

Training for last week…

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: 5 recover miles with short hill strides. Core work at Y during lunch.

Tuesday: 11 miles

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 10 miles

Friday: 5 recover miles. Core work during lunch.

Saturday: 18 miles

Total for the week: 49 miles

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