Chicago Marathon Training Week 6

After last week’s full on training schedule, this week I have suffered a little with exhaustion. It has unfortunately been coupled with an inability to sleep through the night – until Tom came home when I literally fell asleep whilst talking to him and zonked for the entire night. Luckily, the latter half of the week I was able to pull myself through the fog of exhaustion and out on to the road.

Monday – Rest

Tuesday– Yasso 800s. Wow I have not missed these, but Kerry (and about half the running community) swear by them, so they feature heavily on my plan. 6X800m at 3.35.

Project Awesome London

Wednesday– Project Awesome & Barrecore class

The best (and worst) thing about booking yourself into class at the weekend, is that you can’t cancel the class when you’ve had a long day, and frankly, would rather be sitting on the sofa. So glad I went to the mixed barrecore class after work, it included more stretches than other classes I’ve done and was exactly what I needed.

Thursday– I had wanted to give the 6 X 5 min repeats at 7.10 pace another go, and was pleased with my second attempt. I felt like I recovered faster, and didn’t struggle so much with the later repeats. I did have to skip the last repeat because I was running late for a meeting, so opted to complete the cool down

Friday – Barre class with a friend before a big group dinner. I was thrilled that Kate was willing to meet me for a class (she used her Classpass) rather than going to the pub with the boys. Fun to workout with someone I don’t usually go to class with, plus we felt that we earned our G&Ts!

Chicago Marathon training

Saturday – 15 miles at 9.10 pace

I was hungover, I nearly put off the run completely before giving myself a talking to, lacing up my trainers and slogging it out on the Thames towpath.

I wrote about it here – Do you want it enough? and how I am sucking it up for the rest of my marathon training!

Sunday– Got up early to watch our friends ride in the Ride100. It went through Chiswick, so we walked down to Chiswick Bridge, waved them on before going to brunch. Worked out perfectly!

Ride 100


  1. August 3, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I talked to a friend yesterday in chicago before her run and she said it was POURING!!
    We’ll take the rain off yer hands here in Texas — although I think Id prefer the rainingrun.

  2. August 3, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Great job! Are you finding it tough to add barre classes and running or were you and Kerry able to find a good balance? Only 7 weeks in and it looks like you’ve bounced back to those paces! Woohoo!

  3. August 3, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Wow!Good job!When you feel exhausted but have to continue a hard workout plan the best thing is to fuel yourself every 2-3 hours and do more stretching to release the tense in your muscles!Awesome keep going!!!

  4. August 3, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    you are crushing it! i know the “it’s too late to cancel but I really want to” feeling all too well when it comes to pricy barre classes!

  5. August 3, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Those unfortunate mornings of feeling hungover can be rough. But all it takes is just to get out there and get started. 🙂

  6. August 3, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Good job, those times when you might not feel like doing your run will all be worth it when it comes to marathon day. Great work & pictures too 🙂

  7. Laura
    August 3, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Hi Charlie, great work. Do you do your Yasso800s on a treadmill or outside/on a track?

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