MAINTAIN YOUR WORK: WEEK 2

THE SECOND TO LAST WEEK OF TRAINING WENT SURPRISINGLY WELL. HERE'S A GLIMPSE AT WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE.

MONDAY: 4 mi RECOVERY RUN

TUESDAY: #TRACKTUESDAY

.5 mi WARMUP

(4x) 200 meters at Mile pace

(2x) 400 meters at 10k pace

(4x) 200 meters at 5k pace

.5 mi COOL DOWN

WEDNESDAY: REST DAY, FOAM ROLL, STRETCH, MOBILITY

THURSDAY: TRACK DAY X2

1.5 mile RECOVERY

(2x) 100 meter strides

1000 meters at tempo

(2x) 100 meter strides

1000 meters at tempo

1.5 mile RECOVERY

FRIDAY: REST DAY, FOAM ROLL, STRETCH, MOBILITY

SATURDAY: 10 MILES, 8:46 avg

SUNDAY: REST DAY, FOAM ROLL, STRETCH, EPSOM SALT BATH

HIGHLIGHTS:

MOST CHALLENGING: WORKING THROUGH THE ACHES AND PAINS

WHEN YOU HAVE A MILD INJURY OR ACHE, IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHEN TO REST AND TO RUN. I'VE MADE SURE TO DO EVERY RECOVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK TO MAINTAIN MY OVERALL STRENGTH AND ALLEVIATE ANY LINGERING ACHES.

MOST SURPRISING: SATURDAY'S LONG RUN

I FELT GREAT ON MY LAST LONG RUN BEFORE NEXT WEEKEND. I RAN SMART AND EASY FOR THE FIRST MILE OR SO. OVER THE COURSE OF THE RUN I GRADUALLY SPED UP. I'M GETTING BETTER AT NEGATIVE SPLITS, AS MY LAST MILE WAS OVER A MINUTE FASTER THAN MY FIRST. I DID HAVE A BIT OF A HILL TO TACKLE DURING MY SECOND OT LAST MILE AND DIDN'T WANT TO OVER DO IT, SO I LAID OFF A BIT UNTIL I REACHED THE TOP, HENCE THE +43 SECONDS. 

LOOKING FORWARD TO: DOING THE DAMN THANG! I CANNOT WAIT TO PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE SUNDAY. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS RACE SINCE I DEFERRED LAST YEAR. THIS SUNDAY WILL BE OVERWHELMING BUT SO, SO REWARDING SO LONG AS MY HEALTH AND MIND STAY STRONG. #OWNCHICAGO 
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