BERLIN/CHICAGO Marathon Training: Week 2

I have now completed my second week of training in preparation for the Berlin Marathon in September and the Chicago Marathon two weeks after that.

My plan is to take things slowly and build my total kilometres run per week closer to race date.So far things are mostly going ok. I am struggling a bit and certainly not running particulary fast or even long.But that will come.

I am making a strong effort to take lots of rest.This is not easy for me as I always thought more was better. But that was in the 80s. Now I can see the benefit of taking ‘ rest’ days.


Total Kms run 44.5 km

Longest run 17 km

Races : one ( 6km)

Gym: 2 Sessions

TALE OF THE TAPE:  Weight 67.3 Kgm ( 148 pounds). Blood pressure 125/88 . REsting Heart Rate 45.

Weight up a little bit but I am working on what I eat and how much. Aim is to race at 66 Kgm ( 145 pounds) so really I should be able to make this in the next few month,especially when I get up to doing the long runs of 30 plus Kms.

This last pic is of me in the gym this Monday morning. Mondays are my rest days.Currently my long run is only 17 km so I don’t really require much recovery….however once I have doubled the distance my Monday rest day will play a bigger role.


23 weeks until the Berlin Marathon with the Chicago Marathon two weeks later.

My general plan is to start slowly and build up my longer runs.  Further plan is to get my weight down to 66 kilos ( 145 pounds) and gain a little more strength.I have now completed my first week. AS FOLLOWS:

Total km run : 43 km

Longest run : 15 Km

Gym sessions : 2

Personal stats : Weight 66.8 kilos : Resting Heart Rate 45 bpm : Blood pressure 115/79.



RACE: ON SATURDAY I will run a 6 km leg in a relay race for one of my Melbourne Clubs. Each week end there will be a race of some sort which I intend to compete in on behalf of The Old Scotch Athletic club or APS United.



I have devised a plan for my training for running the Berlin Marathon in September and the Chicago  Marathon two weeks later.

Nothing is set in stone and if this initial plan does not do the trick then I will modify and try something else.

This is what I plan to do each with various possible modifications should I need them.

SUNDAY: Long run.


TUESDAY: Hill running. If I don’t feel up to this maybe an easy jog or another rest day.

WEDNESDAY: Medium long run

THURSDAY: Track race with East Burwood Masters. If I decide not to do then I will do an easy jog.

FRIDAY: Rest day.

SATURDAY : Race with either Old Scotch Athletic club or APS Club.

If the Saturday race is harder than I would have liked then I may move the long run to Monday and make Sunday the first rest day.

IMG_1458MY plan is to start training next Monday….although that is scheduled as a rest day 😉