Last week was my first week of marathon training using the Hansons Marathon Method. I knew from reading their book that it was a tough plan, but it’s the perfect plan for where I want to be right now.
The week’s plan called for 4 six mile runs, 1 eight mile run, and speedwork. It was a bit of a challenge mentally to start my first week of training, knowing that I’d be running an hour or more each day. Thankfully, I was at my parents’ house, so I knew I’d be able to leave the kids and go. Even better, my dad joined me for a couple of the runs.
Here’s how the week went down:
Monday: 4.5 mile tempo run instead of 6 slow miles – I had work to do and a plane to catch, so I crammed in a quick run at a 10:20 pace (tempo in Hansons marathon training is marathon pace.)
Tuesday: 6 miles with my dad (10:15 pace). We ran the first five a bit too fast, so the last mile involved walking. We still managed to average
Wednesday: another 6 mile run (10:15 pace) I started out slower but picked up the pace and ended up finishing in almost exactly the same amount of time as Tuesday, but feeling a lot better about it.
Thursday: 8 miles (10:29 pace). I was really feeling the mileage at this point, but we managed a relatively strong run.
Friday: 5 miles (10:18 pace) instead of 6. I had stomach issues this whole run, so was quite pleased that I even managed 5.
Saturday: 12 x 400 with 400 recovery. OMG, this was hard. I forgot my book, so I looked online and the Hansons marathon plan I found said to do speedwork at 5k pace. My most recent 5K was a 9 minute pace so that’s what I did. And I hit it every.single.interval. In the end, despite a couple of short walks during recovery, I did 7.5 miles at 10:18 pace. My legs totally felt like jello when I was done!
Sunday: Rest. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to have a rest day! My legs were totally wiped.
So, week 1 of Hansons marathon training is in the books and I was mostly successful, albeit a bit too fast. Week 2 is very similar, so I feel like I should be able to hit my planned mileage, even though we are home now. I just need to remember to slow down on the easy runs.
In other news, we had a blast this past week.
We went to the Madison Mallards baseball game (where the good beer was flowing and I ate a brat covered in pulled pork, ham and bacon):
Hit up the Madison zoo:
Stopped for dinner where we had good beer and my mom and I shared an entire head of roasted cauliflower (and Shoo got to see Germany win in soccer):
And then had a totally Wisconsin bonfire (note the “lawn chairs”):
As usual, I’m happy and sad to be home. I missed Beer Geek and my house, but I always love visiting my parents and Wisconsin.
Thankfully, I had some good Skirt Sports mail waiting for me when I arrived…
Don’t forget that tomorrow is Tuesdays on the Run. This week’s topic is “2015 Goals Update.” We are halfway through the year – how is it going for you??? We want to hear!
Did you do anything unusual this weekend? (Eating that much meat is totally out of character for me, but it was so good!)