Posted by: Liz | January 2, 2009

CARA Winter Training starts tomorrow!

I’m starting off the new year with my first CARA (Chicago Area Runner’s Association) group training. I signed up for the Winter Marathon Training program that meets the next 18 weeks for long runs along the lakefront path. CARA provides hydration and the cost was very reasonable ($100 or something). We meet near the totem pole and divide into pace groups. Since this is my first group run, I’m not sure how it will go–but I’m pretty excited about it.

With the winter weather, I thought it safer (and more motivating) to sign up with an organized group. The training is set up to get trainees ready for a spring marathon–especially the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha and the new Illinois Marathon at Champaign/Urbana. I don’t plan to do a spring marathon, but rather am just trying to get stronger for a the San Francisco Marathon at the end of July–my sister and I are already signed up! I’ll probably fit in a 1/2 marathon in May (either the new Magellan Chicago Spring Half or the Palos Bank Southwest.)

Training schedules are in two levels, novice and intermediate. I like the intermediate distances, but I want to see how convenient it is with the group.

Week …… Novice …….. Intermediate ……..What I did..
1/3 ………. 5 miles ……… 8 miles …………. 10 miles
1/10 …….. 7 miles ……… 9 miles …………… 9 miles
1/17 …….. 6 miles ……… 6 miles…………… 7 miles (on treadmill–canceled due to weather..brrr…)
1/24 …….. 9 miles …….. 11 miles…………… 11 miles (on treadmill..brr..)
1/31 ……. 10 miles ……. 12 miles
2/7 ……… 7 miles ……… 9 miles
2/14 ……. 11 miles ……. 13 miles
2/21 ……. 13 miles ……. 15 miles
2/28 …… 10 miles ……. 11 miles
3/7 …….. 15 miles ……. 16 miles
3/14 …… 16 miles ……. 18 miles
3/21 …… 12 miles ……. 13 miles
3/28 ….. 18 miles ……. 20 miles
4/4 ……. 14 miles ……. 12 miles
4/11 …… 20 miles …… 20 miles
4/18 ….. 12 miles ……. 12 mile
4/25 …… 8 miles …….. 8 miles

Race!

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