2019 Chicago Marathon Training Plan

It’s here! Marathon training officially begins this week and I still can’t quite believe that this is happening…

You might be asking, WHY are you running a marathon? Trust me, I’ve asked myself this question many times since signing up in November. After declaring long-distance running was no longer my “thing” a few years ago, I never thought I’d run a marathon again. However, this year I have a very important reason for signing up.

In October, my Aunt Julie passed away from a Cholangiocarcinoma, which is a very rare and under researched bile duct cancer. Last year, my cousins formed a team to run the NYC Marathon to raise money for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and when I heard that they planned to do the same this year at the Chicago Marathon, I had to join in. Lucky me, I also convinced one more cousin to be a part of the team who I ran Chicago with in 2012.

To be honest, I’m half running to raise money and half running to support my cousins. Losing Julie reminded me of how important it is to support our family and be a part of one another’s lives. I used to be very close to her four children until I went off to college and only saw them on holidays and I have always regretted losing touch. However, every day is an opportunity to try again and that day in November when I signed up for the marathon was definitely an opportunity taken. Albeit, a slightly crazy one.

So here I am: about to start training for a marathon! Below is my training plan but before we get to that, I’d like to ask each one of you reading to considering donating to Team Julie (yes, it should say Elizabeth Green). I hope to write more in depth about her and her family in the future but what I will tell you is that Julie cared so much about every person in her life and she was absolutely the type of person who never met a stranger. She was inclusive and caring and always ready to have fun. Please consider honoring her memory, honoring someone you love, or simply supporting me and my family by making a gift. Every little bit counts.

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That looks really scary all written out, doesn’t it?!? It certainly does to me! Especially since I already know that I tend to get more tired that I used to and I have a few summer trips planned and, oh wait, that thing called work taking up way too much time... But I know I will do my BEST, whatever that might be!

I based this plan off of Hal Higdon’s Novice Marathon Training plan but moved the Tuesday runs to Monday and added the option of doing a HIIT workout instead of a 3 mile run on Thursdays. I’ve learned over the years that I simply feel better when I’m doing strength training and HIIT exercise so I want to do my best to keep those up while still feeling prepared to run 26.2 miles by mid-October.

If you’ve run a marathon, please feel free to share tips below! Especially any favorite strength or ab workouts that help with running form and staying healthy during training. Now I just have to decide what running watch to get…

I’ll keep you all updated! Follow my runs on my Instagram Story for more day-to-day training and photos.

My Running Wish List

Since marathon training officially starts next week and I’ve actually been running again the past couple of months, there are a few things I’ve realized I need and/or want to help with training. I say this is a “wish list” because I can’t really buy everything on this list, especially not all at once. But a girl can dream, right? Let me know in the comments what your favorite running items are and any suggestions you have for me!

Catching Up... May 2019 Edition

How is it already the second half of May?? What happened? I have no idea but I am definitely looking forward to summer. While I don’t get summer off, we work slightly shorter hours. Plus the fact that it’s supposed to SNOW tonight… So I’m ready for some sunshine. Here’s what’s been going on with me lately:

ABBA!

At the beginning of the month, a coworker and I went to an ABBA cover band concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I believe this was the fifth time I’ve seen ABBA there and it never disappoints! Despite the snow, smaller crowd, and my ridiculous outfit keeping me from expressing my full dance abilities, we had a GREAT time! I’m so glad we didn’t let the weather keep us from going.

I Met Gregg Renfrew!!!

Gregg Renfrew is the Founder and CEO of Beautycounter and not only is she one of my fashion icons (so stylish!) she is such a role model and inspiration to me. I had no idea at the time how rare it is to get a chance to speak with her in person, so I can’t believe I had this opportunity. I may or may not have mumbled a few things and she had to stop me and ask my name… Winning. Major girl crush moment.

That same weekend, I went to a training event with Gina Murphy, who is the Chief Revenue Officer at Beautycounter. I met some other local consultants, which was really fun, and was definitely pushed out of my comfort zone as we paired up and practiced things like our “elevator pitch” or talked about our fears and what’s holding us back. This introvert was exhausted by the end but it was also very inspiring.

KCMO

Okay, technically my parents live in Kansas now but my home is always KCMO (Kansas City, Missouri to you non-locals). I had a follow up appointment to check on my kidney function (doing great!) and a dentist appointment (prelude to the next story) so I went home for the whole weekend. Lucky me, it was Mother’s Day weekend and I got to spend tons of time with my mom, along with the rest of my family. It was a great weekend at home!

I Need a Piano

Every time I go home and play on our piano, it makes me wish I had one (or at least a really good keyboard). It’s just so relaxing! I am NOT good after quitting in 5th grade, but I’d love to practice!

I’m Running More and More!

Last month, I talked about how I’m finally running again… well, now I’m up to 11 miles per week! Haha nothing wild… but more than 3 per week! Six of those 11 miles the past two weeks have been long runs as well. While it’s great I’ve gotten to that distance, I think I need to focus on upping my mid-week running game. This snow/rain, however, is putting a real damper on that plan (there’s a level of torture I don’t wish to endure this early on…).

I’m Getting a Root Canal…

Guess what I found out today? I bet you already guessed based on the title of this section. That’s right, I need a root canal. I’ve been told it’s not as horrible as it sounds and, to be honest, I’m more concerned about how much this is all going to cost me! Good thing I have dental insurance… Have you ever gotten one?? Give me tips below!

Follow My Team on Instagram For Giveaways!

My Beautycounter team has started our own Instagram page and will be doing some special giveaways over Memorial Day Weekend. Follow us at @BeautycounterDreamTeam to find out more!

Have a great week and thank you for reading!