Log for September 24 & 25 – Training for Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Goal for the fall and winter marathon season is to break 3:15 for the first time.
- 15-Mile Long Run – Today the Bellevue Trio/Triplets (Paxton, Nathan, me) did our last long run for Chicago on the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The weather was very cool (high 40s), but the air was heavy with fog rolling in from the river. We started with an almost 2-mile warmup around the pond and baseball fields in Shelby park.
After a short break to hydrate, we began a series of 3 intervals out and back on the greenway. The goal was to average around 7:50 pace, which is the goal marathon pace for Nathan and Paxton. I was not concerned about reaching my goal pace since I had done a 10-mile workout on Tuesday at a pace 15-seconds faster than marathon pace.
Our first interval was 5-miles, and we were almost dead-on a 7:50 average. I was pleased because the pace did not feel overly fast, and my legs felt good. After another short hydration break, we did our second interval which was 4-miles. On the first 2-miles out on the greenway, the pace picked up a bit to around 7:40 pace. As we made the turn back, my legs were feeling really good so I decided to push it up a couple of notches and see how that felt. My next 2 miles were below 7:00 min average, and my legs still felt strong.
The final interval was 3-miles, and I again ran with Paxton and Nathan after separating from them on the second interval. We ran the first 1.25 miles on the greenway, then then the rest around the baseball fields and pond. Our average was around 7:30 and we finished strong. After the last interval, we did a 1-mile cooldown around the baseball fields for a total of 15-miles.
It is always great to run with my friends Nathan and Paxton, and this run was especially good. All of us had good runs and appear to be in good form heading into Chicago in two weeks. I’m very pleased with how good I felt after a pretty heavy training week. I’m also pleased that my average heart rate was only 152, with a max of 172. Starting next weekend, I will be doing 3 races in a row with the Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15k, the Chicago Marathon, and the Murfreesboro Middle Half Marathon. Should be a wild ride.
- Rest Day – After running 7 straight days, including 22-miles last Sunday AM, it was good to have my rest day back again today.