Jordan on the Run

Wife. Runner. Shoe lover. Westie Mama.

Currently training for:

Chicago Marathon

Current PRs

5K - 25:02
8K - 40:15
10K - 54:59
10mi - 1:35:35
Half Marathon - 1:57:55
Marathon - 4:53:10

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  • 1 mile warm up
  • 7 miles @ tempo
  • Goal pace was 9:15
  • Total = 8 miles; average pace 9:20

I had a workout partner today:

I love my little nugget :)

I completed three rounds of the new TIU workout + abs in between each set. The workout included:

  • Plank kicks
  • Flys
  • Waistline slimmers
  • Shoulder raises + presses
  • Curtsey lunges + bicep curls
  • Crunches
  • Plank to downward dog + booty kick

Tempo run in the A.M.!

5.31mi in 50:00 min; average pace = 9:25

  • 20 min warm up
  • 5 x (2 min hard/2 min easy)
  • 10 min cool down

I’m happy to see week 7 behind me. It was rough and it gave me a much needed reality check.

The plan:

The actual:

Monday, July 21st – Rest Day

Tuesday, July 22nd – 4mi AM treadmill run; avg pace = 9:19

Wednesday, July 23rd – 7mi AM treadmill run; avg pace = 9:21

Thursday, July 24th – 4mi PM run; avg pace = 9:35

Friday, July 25th – Rest Day

Saturday, July 26th – 14mi LSD; avg pace = 10:13

Sunday, July 27th – yoga + stretching

I woke up SORE on Sunday which hasn’t happened in a while (more proof that Saturday’s long run really kicked my ass) so I decided to zen out and get my yoga on. While I’m not the biggest fan of yoga it did provide me with some really great stretching.  

So more on that reality check that I had last week - it’s all too easy to compare yourself to others who are training for the same marathon. Although I enjoy following along, I can’t help but have some negative thoughts, here are a couple which have crossed my mind recently:

  • I don’t run enough (major kudos to those who use the Hanson method)

  • I’m slow (in all honesty, I’m not trying to be a super speedy runner but it’s easy to have envy when others can knock out the same distance about a minute faster per mile)

I’ve reached the point in training where I’m starting to lose my love for running… with 11 weeks to go until the marathon. That’s a long time to torture myself. This seems to happen to people towards the end of training but apparently not for me. The same thing happened when I was training for Disney, I ended up taking 4 weeks completely off from running after week 7 of a 16 week plan. I had NO desire or motivation to get out there and run (which is why I think with proper training I can run better than a 4:53). I don’t have this problem when I’m training for a half so I don’t know if I’m just being a mental case and letting the marathon overwhelm me or if marathons just aren’t my thing.

During my disastrous 14-miler over the weekend, I kept thinking to myself “this is it, the last marathon.” If you need a reminder, this is only my second marathon. Marathons are HARD and the training for it is HARDER but that’s what makes crossing the finish line so much sweeter. But they are not for everyone.  It’s a good reminder that you don’t have to run marathons to be considered a runner, one that I too often forget. I don’t know if Chicago will be “it” for me forever but it will be my last one for a while. So the next time a registration period comes up I’ll be making myself sparse on the internet. Damn you, FOMO!

I’ll be making some tweaks to the remainder of my training plan, I’m going to play around and see what works best for me in an effort to avoid the Disney training fiasco. This week I’m dropping down to running 3x and adding in some of the workouts that I miss doing.

Happy running!







  • This was one hell of a run. I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.  
  • Final stats = 14mi in 2:23:13; avg pace of 10:13 (I think, my math could be way wrong - numbers are definitely not my strong suit!!)
  • The humidity crushed me this morning. I couldn’t breathe and my legs didn’t want to move. It was a deadly combination.
  • I made it about 10.75 miles outside, but I forgot to re-start my watch after a stop light so my Garmin stats ended at 10.25.
  • I jumped on my treadmill when I got back to my house and ran 3.75mi to even out my stats. I’m that OCD.
  • I battled with finishing once I got back to the house but I’m stubborn and wanted to hit 14.
  • You can see where I fell apart in my Garmin stats - I started run/walking towards the end of mile 7. I felt defeated but really didn’t care at that point. I just wanted to get home.
  • I almost ate the ground at mile 4.5, I was running over a pedestrian bridge and hit an uneven plank. It shook me up for a minute. That was the closest I’ve ever been to falling during a run, ever.
  • I’m so happy that run is over. Now I’m off to enjoy a facial.

Happy Saturday! May your long runs be better than mine :)

  • I slogged through the entire 4 miles. I’m shocked my splits aren’t worse than that.
  • My legs ached so bad that I didn’t even notice how hot it was.
  • Wore my new shoes. So far so good. But again my legs probably distracted me from that too.
  • I’ve gained 3 pounds since I started training. Gross. I find it hilarious to watch non-runners reactions to that.
  • Today was one of those days where I cursed running and asked myself why I continue to sign up for these races.
  • Big Brother tonight!! 

Off to soak my legs in some Epsom salt.


7mi treadmill run this morning while watching Pretty Little Liars and old school Grey’s Anatomy.

Say hello to my new little friends….

Thanks to my Dad, I was finally able to upgrade my kicks to the Ghost 7s. I love my 6s so much that I decided to stick with Brooks. Why mess with a good thing, am I right? I was told there were no major differences between 6 & 7 but you never know. I plan on starting the transition sometime this week, maybe on Thursday’s 4 miler?

These babies and I will be crossing the finish line in Chicago come October!

  • 4 miles on the treadmill; average pace = 9:19
  • ha, I wish I burned 606 calories
  • the time said 37:18 when I finished the run so I’m not sure why iFit says 37:15
  • 5 min warm-up at 6.0 and then I set it on 6.5 for the rest of the run

Have a good Tuesday :)

Another week in the books! Week 6 was the last week of lower mileage so now it’s time to increase the intensity, according to Hal that is.

Here was the plan:

Monday, July 14th - Hmmm. Moving right along.

Tuesday, July 15th - 3mi PM treadmill run; avg pace = 8:24

Wednesday, July 16th - 6mi AM outdoor run; avg pace = 9:29

Thursday, July 17th - 3mi PM outdoor run; avg pace = 8:58

Friday, July 18th - REST

Saturday, July 19th - 9mi LSD; avg pace = 9:31

  • I was visiting my Dad in Virginia Beach over the weekend so my long run was done in First Landing State Park. One of the trail heads is only a mile from my Dad’s house so it’s incredibly convenient and I love running the trails in there because it’s a nice change of scenery. Not to mention it was PACKED with runners which was cool to see (and motivating).
  • My stomach cramped up during miles 1 & 2 but was female related so that’s all I’ll say about that. It went away pretty quickly after I settled in.
  • I started a little after 7am so it was quite warm while I was in the park (there was very little breeze) but it was shaded. Again, you can’t win them all! When I hit the oceanfront again it was nice and windy, like running with a fan.
  • I carried my handheld and drank water at the turnaround point (mile 4.5) and then again at the trail head (mile 7.8).
  • No pre-run fuel and no during-the-run fuel. I felt fine so I’ll keep experimenting more when the long runs stay past the 13mi mark.
  • This was a pretty effortless run which gives me some confidence going into the higher mileage weeks ahead of me. I just keep telling myself - one day at a time.

Sunday, July 20th - REST

Total = 21

That’s a wrap on week 6. 

12 weeks until Chicago!