Marathon Monday: Chicago Training plan revealed


For the second day in a row, the sun is shining through my office window.  After week’s of non stop rain and all night flood alerts, the sun is finally out and it’s feeling like Texas in May.  And it’s about to get HOT.  And I decided it was a good idea to train for a marathon through the Texas summer, my least favorite weather to run in.  Shoot me.

On the upside, it’s a new challenge.  I usually transition to shorter distance and add swimming and more boot camp and strength training in during the summer.  I’m a long distance WINTER runner.  So this should be fun.  And sweaty.

"What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.” ~ Napoleon Hill After about 5 weeks of hard and discouraging runs and workouts, today was finally my day. 7 completely unexpected, amazing and effortless miles after a make everything hurt from head to toe boot camp yesterday. The take away is don't give up on your goals. If you have a bad day, or a bad month, keep pushing. Your body and mind will tell you to quit when it gets hard, when you seem to be making no progress, when you're body is sore, when the miles don't come, when life happens and when your mind has had enough. Just remember the hard stuff makes the good days that much sweeter. You'll never get to the other side of your goals if you give up when it's hard. #trainhard #runstrong #runfar #run #runner #saucony #kinvara6 #GoPro #goprogirl #goprorunner #goproathlete #fitfam #fitlife #fitness #fitfluential #sweatpink #dontgiveup #justrun #training #chicagomarathon #basetraining #workhard #vegasport @vega_team


I’ve struggled the past few week’s to get back in a training groove.  I think partly because summer is almost here which automatically translates into lazy days by the pool and for me, lots more swimming and lifting and less running.  Changing my mindset to marathon mode has been really hard.  Since we got back from Spain I decided my key word for the next few week’s would be consistency.  If it’s a mile a day, fine.  If it’s lifting and not running, awesome.  Just do something.  And stop eating cake.


So with that mindset each day has gotten easier.  Saturday I squeezed in 7  treadmill miles that felt effortless(besides the massive humidity of course) and I finally felt like myself.


It helps to wear green pants.

So with that run I feel ready to tackle marathon mode.

My amazing friend and training partner for Chicago came over and we discussed a training plan.  I’ve been wrestling for months on wether or not I wanted to tackle Hanson’s again.  I know you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat and unable to think about anything other than what training plan I’ll be using <insert sarcasm> but we’ve decided to go with Hanson’s again!!  I may be going temporarily insane.

"This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow." The sun is up this morning and I'm finding my mind is in need of  some truth instead of my body being in need of a run. Put truth in. Put good things in. When you feel discouraged or the world starts to get to you, go back to the foundation. To truth. And be reminded of whose you are and what it is you stand for. #truth #medicineforthesoul #timeintheword #latergram #oldpic #run #runner #GoPro #goprorunner

Here’s the thing.  I believe in this method.  I believe in the science behind it and it was the first time I’ve ever trained for any distance event and not had any injuries.  Not even minor ones.  Some of you know I had some crummy circumstances on race day so that didn’t go as planned, but I felt the positive benefits of the training even through a crappy race.  So, I’ll try it again.  For my full review click here.

I’m changing it up a bit to include more time for strength training because that was the only downside to me.  It’s a butt load of running.  For your average 30 mile per week runner(ahem…me) it’s a challenge.  You get up to about 60 mile weeks.  But, I believe in it.

This will be Candace’s first marathon, and we’re not running with a goal time in mind.  Of course I have one in my head that I’d like us to shoot for, but for her first, I just want her to enjoy the race, the atmosphere and the experience and most importantly, cross the finish line….alive.  Isn’t that everyones first marathon goal?

So, we’ll adapt a version of Hanson’s that is slightly less intense.  Once I have it all typed up I’ll post it in case you are interested in a modified version.  A, my husband travels, kids are out for summer and I don’t have time to run a million miles a week, it’s HOT version.  It’ll be fun.

So, there you have it.  June 7th this craziness kicks off again.  I’ll document it all here on the blog. Until then it’s dentist appointments and end of the school year programs and LOTS of baseball after having our fields under water(literally) for the past 3 week’s.  I’m doing my best to be consistent and strong so I’m ready to tackle this plan again.  Here goes nothin.

What’s your favorite season to train?  Do you love running in the heat?

Do you have a go to training method?


12 comments on “Marathon Monday: Chicago Training plan revealed

  1. Karen
    I think we have the same summer strategy lol! I’ve been trying to incorporate weights into my week at least 3 times. It’s hard because I get so focussed on miles so trying to lessen that a bit and get stronger. Plus I hate running in the heat. I’m going to have to get used to it!

  2. Good for you Mindy!!! I go early morning too or stick to my treadmill during the hot months. A half in August will be fun! I’ve been sticking to more lifting too lately and it’s so beneficial for runner’s! Good luck with your training!!

  3. Kylie,
    Thanks!! It feels far away until I count the weeks and then boom. It’ll be here quick! And you could handle the mileage. My biggest week was about 35 miles before I did Hanson’s. I love it but it is a lot of running=)

  4. Erica, the pants are from Prana. They have mostly yoga clothes but I run in these capri’s all the time and I LOVE them. Perfect fit and they stay up haha.

  5. I’m so excited for your race even though it’s so far away! I have used Hal Higdon plans the last few races I have run, but I’m interested in Hanson’s mostly because I don’t believe I can run that many miles a week without dying ha!

  6. Can’t wait to hear more! I am committing to running more in June as I have been working out more in the weight room and doing spin classes. But early morning runs are my favorite (not in the heat! ) and I’m excited to get more miles in! I’m training for a 1/2 in August.

  7. Summer running is the worst! I think my body naturally is about ten degrees warmer than most people so I love cold running and hate summer running. I did a 5k race yesterday in the late morning sun and decided I needed a new plan for summer so I’m doing lots of run/circuit stuff and more crosstraining and treadmill work- I just hate the heat!!

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