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Training Update and Girl Scouts!

July 17, 2012

Hey everyone! I hope you all got a good start to the week!

Mine took an interesting change last night.. our power went out! Aka my fridge is slowly warming up… I was actually so anxious about it I couldn’t sleep.. at all. So I think a nap when I get home will be in order.

I’m pretty excited about today since my office is going on a boat cruise!!! Although the high is 96… Haha good thing there’s an indoor section of this boat. Plenty of sunscreen is already packed in my bag…

When I was at my training run this past weekend, one of the coaches mentioned that we are 1/3 of the way through training! That got me really excited since I am so ready to run this marathon!

First of all, if you’re new to my blog then check out this first post where I explain that I’m training with CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association). I actually get to train with them because I’m running for Girls On the Run as a Solemate! Be sure to check out my fundraising page!

I also thought this would be a great time to update all of you with my training! Here has been my schedule so far:

Week 1

3 miles

3 miles

3 miles

6 miles (8)

Week 2

3 miles

3 miles (4)

3 miles

7 miles (8)

Week 3

3 miles

4 miles

3 miles

5 miles

Week 4

3 miles

4 miles

3 miles

9 miles

Week 5

3 miles

5 miles

3 miles

10 miles

Week 6

3 miles

5 miles

3 miles

7 miles

( ) means what I actually ended up running

Long runs are at a 10 min/mile pace, short runs are at a 9:30 min/mile pace, and the mid-week run is at a 9 min/mile pace, which is my “goal” pace.

As you can see, we’ve been slowly building up the mid-week mileage (it will get up to 10) as well as the long-runs but with a couple cut-back weeks. This cut back week fits perfectly because I have the Chicago Rock N Roll Half Marathon this upcoming weekend! This week’s training plan includes 2 three-mile runs and 1 six-mile run, and then I’ll have two rest days since the half is on Sunday morning.


One thing that’s important to remember about training plans (especially for me to remember!) is that it’s OKAY if you miss a run! Even if you miss a long run! This past week I was EXHAUSTED come Friday because I ran 3 miles Thursday morning (after running Tuesday and Wednesday) and then went to spin class Thursday night! My 7 miler was not pretty Saturday morning and the exhaustion was partly to blame.

Week 5’s 10 miler was actually cancelled due to excessive heat. I left earlier that morning and ran it myself, but several people missed the run all together. My coach included this in his e-mail to us that week and it really hit home for me:

We have been getting questions on how to add the miles missed because of last week’s weather.

When Sunday is over, that training week is over. Move onto the next week. Do not add extra miles in this taper week to make up mileage. For new marathoners, the next phase of training is a huge escalation in mileage. By the end of last week, if you have run every mile, you will have completed 84 miles, by the end of Saturday’s run the total will be 104, By the end of week 12 total mileage is 267 miles.

Total training is 434 miles. Adding mileage now will not help you later.

I really appreciated hearing this from our coach (who literally spends the entire long run running up and down our line of about 40 long and 2 across runners) because I get so nervous about missing runs! I need to remind myself that it’s okay NOT TO BE PERFECT. Striving to be “perfect” results in injury, stress, anxiety and disordered thinking, especially for me! So for those of you out there training for any kind of race – remember that in the long run, if you had to miss that one run because of travel, injury, illness or just plain exhaustion, It’s okay!


Speaking of running, I was sent an e-mail from the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, asking me to share with all of you their Cookie Classic 5k, coming up on September 8, 2012 in Chicago!

Girl Scouts is launching a movement to achieve gender equity in leadership in just one generation. This mission bursts into action on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s inaugural Cookie Classic 5k in Chicago’s Grant Park.  It is a great race for beginners, an enjoyable race for seasoned veterans, and an event to which you can bring the whole family! Each runner receives a box of Girl Scout cookies and a T-shirt, and there is a celebration afterward with food, entertainment, and fun. Interested participants can register here:


Personally, I was a girl scout for many years and really loved the experience! Granted, my troop was more about having fun and not so much about badges… Haha we were brownies for years and only became Junior Girl Scouts when our leader had to stop being our leader, so they went ahead and “graduated” us! Haha, but I always had a blast and I think it’s an amazing program! My sorority, Kappa Delta, even works with Girl Scouts as one of our philanthropies! Plus, who doesn’t love those cookies? Haha.


Do you ever worry when you miss a day of your training plan?

Were you a girl scout, or did you do anything similar?

32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2012 7:22 am

    I actually volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA now by posting their volunteer opportunities on different websites. Gotta love the cookies! 🙂

  2. July 17, 2012 7:24 am

    katie, love this post, and love that quote from your coach. i’m not kidding – i might print that out and tape it to my mirror. always good to remind yourself that missing one run (or a few) isn’t going to kill you, or kill your dreams of finishing the marathon. good luck with the half this weekend!!

  3. July 17, 2012 7:29 am

    that coach sounds super smart and knows what he is talking about. I think the worst thing to happen is to freak out about missing and adding a ton at one time. Have fun today !

  4. July 17, 2012 7:51 am

    I only made it through Brownies and then I quit – wasn’t cool anymore I guess! I’d love to do a Rock and Roll Half one day – I looked into whether there were any in Texas this fall and there is, but it happens to be the weekend of my sister’s wedding – ugh!

    • July 18, 2012 3:08 pm

      Ahh bad timing! I’m sure it will come again next year, or you could go to another city as a fun trip! Especially if there’s one within road trip distance!

  5. July 17, 2012 8:00 am

    it took me a little while to realize that it’s okay if I miss a run or two. Life happens. We get sick/busy/hurt/tired/burned out/etc. I think as runners and especially racers, we are hard on ourselves to be perfect while training. Your coach sounds like a wise man. Good luck with the rest of training!

  6. July 17, 2012 8:20 am

    I was a Girl Scout for about two years. We never accomplished much, so I quit it for Ballet. I’m pretty okay with that. But I certainly respect the mission of the Girl Scouts, and they’re one of my favorite agencies to support during my campaign!

    • July 18, 2012 3:10 pm

      lol i was a girl scout for several years and we barely earned any badges! HAha lots of sleep overs though

  7. July 17, 2012 9:16 am

    I’m so jealous of those who get to do that run! I want cookies 😉 I was a Girl Scout for a long, long time- up until I earned my Silver Award (basically from kindergarten to high school!)

  8. July 17, 2012 9:23 am

    Since being so tired, I have been missing a whole lot of workouts and I am getting better and better at realizing it’s okay for this to happen.
    I was a girl scout when I was younger! But I was always in it for the cookies 😉 Seriously though lol… that was the main reason!

  9. July 17, 2012 10:06 am

    Aaaaand now I want Girl Scout cookies 🙂

  10. July 17, 2012 10:11 am

    I can’t believe the RnR Chicago is this weekend! I just felt a twinge of nostalgia…I ran it last year and it is my absolute favorite half marathon I’ve run to date. Such a cool race.

  11. July 17, 2012 12:13 pm

    I’m SO excited for you and your races!!

    I don’t usually freak out anymore if I miss a training day or workout–I know that in the end, my head has to be ready, and my body will follow. 😉 Rest days are always helpful when really needed too!

  12. Tracy Koeppen permalink
    July 17, 2012 1:00 pm

    Are you worried about the heat this weekend for the half marathon? It’s supposed to be 108* Saturday and Sunday here (in KC). Yikes!

    • July 18, 2012 3:24 pm

      It’s not supposed to be as bad here in Chicago, right now it says high of 90 on race day, but hopefully it should be around 70-75 when the race starts!

  13. July 17, 2012 3:11 pm

    I absolutely love that you’re running the marathon for a fundraiser. I really hope to run the marathon someday, and if I do I want to do it through a charity or as a fundraiser. Honestly, I think that’s the only way I’d be able to keep my motivation up for the whole training process! Thanks also for including that info from your coach. I’m training for the Chicago Half right now (my first half!), and while I’ve gotten all of my runs in, they haven’t all been pretty, and they haven’t all been what they were supposed to be, so it’s really helpful to hear that you can still complete an endurance event even if you don’t do every. single. run. (Not that you could skip every single run and complete it, of course, but you know what I mean).

  14. July 17, 2012 7:17 pm

    Hey! Don’t know if you saw, but we’re having a little blogger meet-up at Rock ‘n’ Roll: Hope you can make it!

    • July 18, 2012 3:25 pm

      I’ll try and make it! I’m not sure when I’ll be there or when I’ll be heading out (I’ve got a puppy to get back to!) but I would love to meet up with everyone!

  15. July 17, 2012 8:25 pm

    I was a girl scout for YEARS – if there was a run like this near me I would totally do it, to give back for what girl scouts gave me when I was little. Good luck with your training plan – it sounds like you have a great coach!

  16. Anna Lynn permalink
    July 17, 2012 10:13 pm

    I would beat myself up if I missed a run while training for my half marathon. Looking back on it, I was killing myself and running WAY too much! I could have been running half of what I was and had been fine so now I feel silly for getting so upset for missing a day here and there. Rest is so important!

    I was a girl scout from 1st-7th grade and I loved every second! My mom was the leader of our troop so I always got to help plan crafts and trips and whatnot. So fun!

    • July 18, 2012 3:29 pm

      I’m lucky to have my cousin to reassure me that the plan is enough! At the beginning I kept saying I need to run more!

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