Bayshore Week 17: Peak Week

3 weeks out from Race Week. It was a massive week…like marathon training style mileage. But it was the last big week before a pretty dramatic cut back starting this week.


  • Planned: OFF
  • Actual: OFF

Long run Sunday meant rest day Monday.


  • Planned: Strength warm-up + 7-8M Progressive Tempo w/2 @ 7:40-50, 2 @ 7:30-40, 2 @ 7:15-25, 1-2 @ 6:50-7:10
  • Actual: Strength warm-up + 10.4M, 7:39 avg. w/tempo: 7:43, 7:40, 7:34, 7:30, 7:21, 7:15, 7:04, 7:02

YES!!! I love a good progressive tempo and it felt AH-MAZING to nail this one. This is a much-needed confidence boost after the low energy runs last week. I had a 6 a.m. conference call with Europe so I did my strength stuff while I was listening in at the end of the call (bluetooth headset FTW) then ate a quick breakfast before heading out. Still in capris, long sleeves and a headband in the mornings (WTF Chicago?), but at least it was super sunny and not quite as windy as the last few days.


  • Planned: 1:00 Easy + Yoga
  • Actual: 7.15M, 8:25 avg. + 15 min Yoga

My legs were dead from Tuesday’s beast of a tempo run so this was a bit of a slog. I took Walter with me for the first 4.5ish (his first run since being sick!) so that helped break up the time, but I was happy when the clock hit 1:00. I originally planned to go to yoga after the run, but since my legs felt so tired, I decided my body needed recovery more than yoga. Instead I did this video, which is meant for pre-run, but worked really well as a post-run session too!


  • Planned: 45 min Easy + Yoga
  • Actual: 5.3M, 8:25 avg.

My legs felt much better than Wednesday, but it was windy. Going north felt like running into a brick wall!


  • Planned: Speedwork w/6-7×800 @ 3:15-20
  • Actual: 9.9M @ 8:04 avg. w/800’s: 3:19, 3:16, 3:16, 3:16, 3:13, 3:15, 3:13

Perfect weather morning and first time back at the lakefront track in a while. The 800’s were strong, controlled and smooth. I did extend the rest a little to finish a complete 400 (~2:40) instead of the 2:30 prescribed.

The only complaint I have about this run was the swarms of bugs that were hovering around one side of the track. I swallowed so many that I don’t even want to know…

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I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and underneath my shirt still looked like this on both shoulders. Gross.


After the run I saw Conor at Delos and then drove down to Peoria for the day.


  • Planned: 45 min Easy/Cross or OFF
  • Actual: 5M @ 8:35 avg.

I was surprised at how nice and loose my legs felt. I ran after I drove back from Peoria in the morning, so it was warm, but it felt so good to finally be in shorts and tank.

I finished my run at Northdown to meet up with the crew after Mikeller Run Club. We ended up on my roof deck later that afternoon. And this happened…

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Notice the cork floating in the bottle. And the empty one next to it. I wish I could say I was sharing this with more than just Chanthana.



…And then THIS happened. I love these humans.


The good news is that it was an early night, but still probably not good pre-long run prep.


  • Planned: 2:00 Easy Run
  • Actual: 15M @ 8:08 avg.

I drank a ton of water in the morning before I left, but it was definitely warmer than I am accustomed to and well, I drank a bottle of wine Saturday. But I felt surprisingly pretty good, other than my legs were absolutely feeling the mileage and hard workouts by the last few miles.


  • Run: 52.8 miles 
  • Cross Training: 0
  • Strength x 1
  • Yoga: 0 classes, 1 short video

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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4 Responses to Bayshore Week 17: Peak Week

  1. Pete B says:

    Congrats on all the miles and all of the wine! Those bugs = yuck! 🙂

  2. Awesome job on that tempo! Nailing a tempo always feels much better than nailing speedwork or a long run workout to me- tempos are intimidating.
    What is it with swarms of bugs!? I had the same problem last week during one of my runs. So disgusting.

  3. Nice week!! Looking forward to being done with my recovery and back into some higher mileage. I actually have a progressive tempo run planned for tomorrow – I can’t wait!!! You are in the home stretch now!!!

  4. elizabeth says:

    omg those the THE BUGS from last year. EEEEWWW. your nailing it dude.

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