You guys. YOU GUYS. I’m actually training again! For real this time!
Sure, it’s only week 1 of 17. And I have no idea how far into this little marathon plan of mine I’ll make it. But I am so happy to be healthy enough to even attempt another training cycle. My post-op hip (right) is doing great. My non-op hip (left) is doing….not so great. It’s entirely possible that I’ll make it to week 7 in the training plan and have to tap out. But at this point, I have nothing to lose (except glycogen and maybe 5 post-surgical pounds) and everything to gain.
I’ve lived in Alaska for three years, and have yet to be healthy enough to run a marathon in my home state. I ran Carlsbad in 2014 and Boston in 2015. After Carlsbad and before Boston, I struggled through multiple injuries, including one that ended up requiring surgery. But if all goes well, exactly a year from my hip surgery, I will finally run an Alaskan 26.2 at the Kenai River Marathon in September, 2016!
I’m trying the Hanson’s marathon plan this time around, as it seems to be the most manageable for me in terms of mileage and what I feel capable of mentally. Since my surgery, I haven’t done any speed or tempo work, and have built a base on exclusively easy miles. The Hanson’s advanced plan laid out strength, speed and tempo workouts that weren’t nearly as intimidating as the Pfitzinger-55 plan I’d completed for Carlsbad. The mileage is a bit higher, but I’m hoping that by slowing down my easy runs and allowing for true recovery, I’ll be able to hack it.
The plan has me running six days a week, which leaves me one day to get out and hike a mountain or two with the kids. This is the first time I’ve trained for a marathon during an Alaskan summer, and I have to say, it definitely beats training on snow and ice! I can get up at 5 a.m. and do a track workout in the sunshine. And I can start a long run at 8:30 pm and be done before the sun sets!
The drawback to summer training is that I have to be careful to recover and not overdo it with “cross training” (i.e., hiking straight up and down mountains). Oh, and the other drawback? Bears. Like this guy, who decided to crash my regular running route this morning. Luckily, it was my track day, and we didn’t cross paths. Because a bear mauling would definitely put a damper on the whole marathon training thing.
Here’s the training detail for week one. Houston, we have lift off!
Monday – 8 miles, strength. Went to the track for the first time in over a year and was a little wigged out about attempting to run faster than easy pace for any length of time. But I survived! Ran 1.75 mile warm up, then 10 x 400m at estimated 5k pace with 400m recovery, then another 1.25m cool down. For 5k pace, I’m using 7:05-7:10 as a target, which is a best guess at this point. It’s slower than I’d like to admit, but it’s where I’m at. And I keep telling myself that it’s better than no pace at all, which was my lot in life for a solid four months this year.
Tuesday- 6 miles, easy.
Wednesday – Off. Hiked a couple miles up, a couple down, trashed the quads. Totally worth it. See picture above.
Thursday- 6 miles, easy.
Friday- 8 miles, easy.
Saturday- 6 miles, easy.
Sunday – 6 miles, easy.
Total – 40 miles