Whenever I have a vacation on the calendar during a marathon training cycle, I kind of
freak-out worry about missing my runs and disrupting the flow of “the plan”. Depending on the location and duration of the trip, I could miss a whole week of training, including both weekends. Some trips are just not conducive to running such as my ski vacation to Telluride a few years ago, during another training cycle.
Last week Rich and I spent some time in Chicago for our wedding anniversary. Did I mention it was 20 years?! I think I did. Anyway, it was a during-the-week trip so I knew that my marathon pace runs and two long runs would be safe. In all honesty, I wasn’t terribly concerned about missing the miles in between. None the less, I ran my 3 mile run scheduled for Tuesday (our travel day) on Monday evening before we left, which ended up being 3.76 miles. Some people would go crazy with that unusual stopping point. LOL.
I knew I wasn’t going to run Tuesday, but checked out the fitness center upon arriving at our hotel and decided I would do a treadmill run Wednesday morning. I would have been happier running outside, but Rich was a little nervous about me running in Chicago without really knowing where I was going. Wednesday afternoon, we walked from our hotel to the Navy Pier which was about 1.5 miles from our hotel and we both decided that it was a perfectly safe and beautiful place to run Thursday morning.
So, Wednesday, I did mile repeats on the treadmill (for $12) and Thursday was a gorgeous run to the Navy Pier and back. They were short runs, but they fulfilled my prescribed mileage for the two days and I didn’t feel like a SLACKER!
I was back for my weekend marathon pace run (6 miles) on Saturday which went well and my long run on Sunday, which didn’t go so well. The humidity was up on Sunday and I struggled through every mile of the 10. As a matter of fact, I finished the run at 9.68 miles. I felt so bad about it, that I finished up to get to 10 when I got home. I really have a hard time breathing on those super-muggy days. Thank goodness it was a step back week and I didn’t have to go terribly far. I never would have lasted. Frank was with me again this week and he really kept me motivated to finish.
This week’s training gets a little tougher. It’ll be the first week that I run 30+ miles. I have a plan, but I’m playing around with adding a few miles here and there to make me feel better about the total miles in the end. We’ll see how early I can get myself up in the mornings.
- Monday – Rest
- Tuesday – 5 miles @ 9:00-9:15 pace
- Wednesday – Speed 3 (400′s) in 1:50-1:55 and 3 (200′s) at a “hard” pace (Liberty Mile Prep)
- Thursday – 4 miles @ 9:15-9:45 pace
- Friday – Liberty Mile – goal 7:30
- Saturday – 7 miles at marathon pace 8:45
- Sunday – 14 miles @ 9:15-9:45 pace
After this week – 9 weeks left. It’s flying by but I’m feeling good about how it’s gong so far. My only problem right now is that I haven’t been keeping up with my routine stretching like I should and know better. As the miles build, I’ll have to be better about that.
Question: Do you run on vacation or do take a vacation from running?