IL Marathon Training: Week 10 Complete!!

Another successful marathon training cycle complete!! Woo Hoo!!

Training for this year’s IL Marathon was our first use of the Advanced Marathoning multi-marathon training program. 10 Weeks (and only one week recovery) is not the most ideal between marathons, but there is a plan built for this and I’m happy that it worked out. 🙂

Up next is a 5 week recovery period and then 18 week training program to get to 70-85 mph/week for the Chicago Marathon. I hope to make strengthening and flexiblity a bigger part of this next training cycle.

Here is how week 10 ended up.

M: Rest

T: 6 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 45:21, 7:34 Pace), 2 Wall Sits (60 secs ea.), 1 Reg Plank (1 min), 1 Side Reg Side Plank (30 sec each side), 1 Set of 15 Reg Push Ups

W: 7 Miles Recovery W/2 Miles @ MGRP (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 54:21, 7:46 Pace)

R: Rest

F: 4 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 30:47, 7:42 Pace)

Sa: 26.2 Miles Race (IL Marathon, 3:25:05, 7:50 Pace, 1st Age Group, 7th Female Overall)

Su: Rest

Total: 43.2 Miles

11 thoughts on “IL Marathon Training: Week 10 Complete!!

  1. Great job on the marathon and Congrats on the age group win! That is awesome you did so well and you got 7th female!!


  2. Hey Christine! I’ve been following your blog for a while and I am amazed at your running success! I’m also a runner, but I always use the same marathon training plan and I’m looking to switch it up. How do you choose your training plan(s) and which ones have you really liked? Thanks in advance!!


    1. Hey Allison! Thanks for reading my blog!! I did my first marathon training using Runner’s World Smart Coach plan available under their tools section on I used their plan for 2 years with lots of success so I decided to use it for my first marathon. After that marathon I wanted to kick it up a notch so I researched training plans and settled on Pfitz ‘Advanced Marathoning’ and had really great response to the plan, so now I’m just using the various mileage plans in the book. I do use my pace planning by referring to McMillan (if you google it will come up) which has a place were you can put in your previous race records to get training paces.
      My advice on using a new or harder plan is to make sure to get extra sleep if you can. I had to get used to the mileage and it made me tired at first. Also make sure to foam roll, epson salt soak, use products like biofreeze to take care of any soreness along the way. Hope this info helps!


      1. Thank you so much! That really helps. I’ve used Smart Coach every time I’ve trained for a marathon; I’m definitely ready for something new that includes more mileage. Thanks for the tips! And congratulations on all of your success!


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