Chicago Marathon Training: Week 17 Recap

And that’s a wrap!!! Got in my last long run of the training cycle and the grand finale of long runs is this upcoming Sunday!!! Eeeep!!!

It has been an unusual taper for me as I’ve had two races and a mini vacation in the midst of it.

Week 16 I was in Canada and registered 18.28 total miles that included a Night Race 10k and a mountain climb. September had me at 105.78 miles.

This past week, Week 17, was the first time in the entire training cycle I’d only run 3 days, but I somehow was okay with that.

On Wednesday, I met up with my run club and did easy 3 one mile repeats. I had a race the next day (even though I wasn’t going to race it, race it). I wanted to still make it a good workout though, so I went for a negative split and got it– 9:23, 9:12, 8:49.

Thursday was the Esprit de She 10k, and a couple of friends and I had decided to just enjoy it and not make it competitive. This was all fine by me as I had “raced” a 10k the week before and wanted to not attempt to be speedy on my last taper week. We finished in 1:03:27. It actually was great running this easy because it had been a super long day at work for all of us and it was 100 degrees at the start time!!! This was a night race (7 p.m.).


Me and two of my running buds ❤

Friday was my usual rest day and Saturday….guess what???

I started my run at 6 a.m. like a normal human being!!!!

Seriously though. My alarm went off at 5:30 and it was like I had slept in–(which I had, I wake up early than that during the work week, lol!).

It was amazing weather, even chilly! I know, I’m crazy to say that 64* is chilly but it was the perfect temp for a morning run.

I started off running with a friend who I don’t get to run with often. We’re different paces–but that morning, I was excited to catch up with her, and we spent the first 4 miles talking life.

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The next 4 miles I ran with my run club’s coach and somehow, between the chatter, we managed to negative split miles 5-8.

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It was exactly how I would’ve wanted to end my final long run–strong, and feeling good the whole way. Week 17 ended with 17.2 miles 🙂

This next week is all about calming the taper jitters!! I’ll post again before I leave for Chicago on Saturday–Thank you guys SO much for following my journey; it’s almost time!!! XOXO!!!

❤ , helly

–Is 64* degrees chilly for you? jaja!! How’s the weather where you’re at? What is the perfect temperature for a run?

–How was your September? October is my favorite month–what’s yours?




26 responses

  1. So exciting, Helly!! You are going to do amazing with the cooler weather in Chicago! I think I wouldn’t be much of a runner in your Arizona heat :/ Morning are in the high 40’s and 50’s here now so be prepared! That’s my favorite race weather for sure. Favorite training temp is probably closer to 60. (Is that weird that it’s different?) October is my favorite month too 😀

  2. I can definitely imagine that 64 would feel chilly to you, where you normally have temps in the triple digits! 60s is still warm for me but I would take it ANY DAY over the summer heat we had in September. We had 40s the other morning and I thought I died and went to heaven. I know soon enough it will be in the 20s and 30s here (last winter, we even had below zero temps here) soon enough. You are going to crush Chicago for sure. October is also my favorite month! I wrote my September recap this weekend (it will be posted tomorrow!) and I went on and on about how much I love October!!!

  3. I actually saw the 6am start time on your Garmin when you posted it on Instagram and I was all happy for you that it wasn’t at 2am. LOL I can’t even believe you did that. I’m so excited for your marathon!!! Maybe even more than you are. xo

  4. I can see how 64 would feel chilly. Might I recommend bringing a pair of throw aways to wear in your corral. Last year I wore sweats and tossed them to the side when the gun went off. There definitely is a lull as you wait for the corrals to go. So excited for you!

  5. AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! Your big day is almost here!

    Love the Swirlgear shirt. 🙂 It’s one of my favorite pieces, but I don’t get to wear it often because weather in NY is usually tank top or a million layers. The few weeks of fall and spring are the only times I get to wear it.

  6. My computer freaked out as I was posting, so forgive me if I duplicate.. Anyway, glad to see you get to sleep in a bit, and that your weather was nice for that last long run. I can’t believe it’s almost race time. I’m sure you’re gonna rock it!