Chicago Training: Week 4

Last week was a great week of training, but I did have a bit of a hiccup. Frank and I met up with some friends out in Colorado. We did a 28-mile hike with close to 10,000 feet of elevation gain over the course of two days. However, about halfway through, I took a bad step and turned my ankle. Since I was carrying about 30 pounds of weight on my back… it didn’t exactly feel good. I have been chilling out a bit and will be back to my usual intensity next week. Despite the injury, I still managed to get 27 miles in. I was supposed to do 33, but that’s ok.

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 6 miles hill repeats in AM & 3.1 miles easy in PM

This was my first ever double! It was great, too. This is something that I want to do going into the future. Splitting a long-ish day allows me to run a little further and still have time to get work done. It also allowed me to feel a little fresher going into the next day of training.

Wednesday: 6 miles easy at 9:14 pace

I ran a rather hilly route around town, but felt great. On the top of the hill, I saw fireworks off in the distance. It was nice and relaxing.

Thursday: 12 miles at 9:46 pace

This was an awesome long run! I felt wonderful the whole time, but I finished the run at marathon pace for the last two miles (9:00 min/mi). I’m actually looking forward to my longer runs.

Friday: 14 miles hiking at Maroon-Bells

We had a rather long and grueling day fighting the weather and crazy high altitude. I got hailed on like 5 times and spent a lot of time shivering, but it was amazing. I turned my ankle towards the end of the day and basically had to walk it off. I gave some of my pack weight to Frank, popped 4 ibuprofen and sucked it up. 😦

Us taking a break on one of the mountain passes.

Us taking a break on one of the mountain passes.

Saturday: 14 miles hiking at Maroon-Bells

We woke up at 5:30 am to get out on the trail by 6 am. My ankle felt a little better, but not great. We made it back to the parking lot around 3 pm, and I finally got to get off my foot for a while.

That little pink dot is me!

That little pink dot is me!

Sunday: Rested foot

I’ve been icing the ankle and trying to stay off of it. I did go for a run on Tuesday, and it went really well. I only went 3 miles, but I felt really good. Tomorrow I’m going to go for a longer run, but still at an easy pace. Hopefully I continue on the mend.

Have you ever gone on a backpacking trip? Do you ever run twice in a day?

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11 thoughts on “Chicago Training: Week 4

  1. Nice job this week – I hope your ankle feels better soon!! I backpack with my husband often, we love it! I’ve only run twice in a day once or twice, but I have some doubles on my training plan for my fall marathon 🙂 Have a great day!

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  2. That’s a bummer about your ankle! Totally my worst fear hiking is getting injured like that (other than running into a bear or something ;). Hope it heals well! I ran twice in one day I think only once haha. I know I ran one morning and then new running shoes arrived in the mail and I couldn’t wait to use them, so I went for a 2nd run that day. I’m training for my first tri, so lately I’ve been doing some bike then run workouts in the morning and just because of pool availability, I have been swimming at night. Tuesday/Thursday’s are rough because of that…but it’ll be worth it! 😉

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    • Yeah. I was pretty upset after I turned it. Honestly, all I could think about was not being able to run Chicago in October. But now that it’s better, I’m super glad I went, even if it cost me a few days of training. Training for triathlons sound so intense!

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  3. Lady you are a hiking MACHINE! Glad you are seeing some amazing wilderness these days! I sure hope your ankle recovers quickly, I’m glad it wasn’t something more serious!

    I’ve done a few “doubles”, usually when I don’t have time to cram in 8-9 miles before or after work so I will do some of it on my lunch hour (can’t do that this season though cause I’d get way too sweaty!). It’s a great way to practice running on tired legs, but I would really hate having to shower twice in one day.

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    • Haha! Yeah. Wanting to hike further and faster is what got me back into running after I was injured the first time. It’s mostly ok now. I’m gonna go for a run later, so I’ll see if it’s 100% now.

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  4. I love doubles. I was just thinking how this cycle I might start incorporating them more! I think it’s a great way to get your body used to moving on tired legs! Sorry about your ankle 😦 I know how that feels. It sounds like it’s healing up nicely though and that’s great news! That hike in Colorado looks gorgeous!

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  5. Rolled ankle yikes….and 10000 ft of climbing is no joke, great work. I’ve done multi day backpacking out here in az, I loved it but then I started trail running…enjoy that so much more :). I’ve done a small number of two a days, I don’t particularly enjoy them lol

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