Have you ever sat down at your calendar and gone “OMG, how is it that I only have 6 weeks left to train?” No? I mean, I’m notorious for running the random half marathon undertrained and I ran Marine Corps with a 5 week taper last fall, but I’ve ALWAYS done major training for the Mainly Marathons Series that I’ve done. Yet, here I sit, 6 weeks out from the start of 7 half marathons in 7 days and this is the first week in ages I’ve run more than 3 times in a week. Oops.
Thanks to RNR DC, UC Charlotte half, and tomorrow’s 17.75 race, I feel like I’ve got the ability to cover a half marathon again. So, now it’s time to get back on track with back to back runs and mileage building. It occurred to me that perhaps I should have a plan, so I’m going back to the Hansons Marathon Method. It got me through last fall, I have faith it will get me to the final finish line this spring. So, in the spirit of Friday Five with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia plus today’s topic of “fitness”, here are 5 reasons I’m using Hansons again.
- I need a plan. I’ve been a total slacker this winter. There are plenty of excuses, but really I just didn’t make it happen.
- I only have 6 weeks left and I really need to make them count. Every mile in Hansons serves a purpose.
- The runs are faster and the distances are shorter. With my kids and job, I don’t have time for a ton of long slow runs. I need to get it done quickly and move on with my day.
- I’m in a good place to pick up the plan a few weeks in. I’ve got a couple of decent long runs under my belt, so now it’s time to build the other days more.
- It worked for me for Center of the Nation. I successfully ran 6 half marathons in 6 days and felt pretty good (except for the bronchitis LOL) at the end. In fact, I ran every step of every race except for the short stops at the food table. I’d never done that before.
I’m looking forward to getting back on track. I need a bit more structure in my running life!
Happy Friday everyone! Good luck with any races you have this weekend…