Despite my lack of updates on SR I have, in fact, been training steadily since my last long-term job ended before Christmas. I took the time to build mileage back up and, after a little research, I chose a marathon plan about a month ago.
I still believe a Boston Qualifying marathon is in me, and I believe that missing the mark during my last marathon (a delicate way to put the debacle that was Wineglass 2012 for me) was, in part, due to slower training runs. The reason I chose the Hanson’s training plan is that it is making me, as I recently joked to a friend, “a slave to the watch.” Pacing is everything in Hanson’s method, and even though I’m running my workouts targeting the same paces I targed last time I’m also running my easy runs at a targeted easy pace that is faster than what I was running before. I’m also running my long runs much faster than before.
So far this plan has been good for me! Even though I’m constantly tired, I feel strong and fast, and I’m hitting my goals consistently. Here’s what my last week looked like:
Sunday 1/25 – Scheduled: 10 mi @ 8:54 pace Actual: 10.07 @ average 9:13 pace. I ran with the South Brooklyn Running Club for the first half, so I was a little at their mercy, running my first mile a bit slow (that’s normal though, gotta warm up!) and then running the next five a little on the fast side, trying to keep up with the dudes. A pause to say goodbye in the middle slapped on some extra time and gave me a little rest, but I still came in just over 9:00 on my last few miles – positive splits, wah wah. All in all though, I think the strategy was fine, since running with the fellas got me out the door and on the road on a day I didn’t really feel like it!
Monday 1/26 – Scheduled: 5 miles easy (9:20-9:55 pace) Actual: 6.13 mi @ avg 9:59 pace. I’m actually calling this on target, since I was running in a blizzard. I also stopped to take the above photo with a couple of my snowmies from Prospect Park. Whatup, BK.
Tuesday 1/27 – Scheduled: 6×800 @ 3:35 pace plus warm up/cool down. Actual: 8:03 miles total, including 6×800 balls-out at 3:35 pace. BOOM. It was actually easy, since I evaded the blizzard raging outside by doing this on the treadmill. It’s not ideal, but I needed to get it done, and the Red Hook Track was covered with snow!
Wednesday 1/28 – Scheduled off day. Actual: I went to the hash but ran a relaxed pace to make sure I was in recovery mode. 5ish miles.
Thursday 1/29 – Scheduled: 5 mile tempo run plus warm up/cool down. Actual: 8.1 miles total, 6 mile tempo run plus warm up/cool down. I added the extra mile because I’m nervous about the next week on the schedule having me run an 8 mile tempo run. I didn’t want to jump right from 5 to 8. But oh boy, did I learn my lesson about doing tempo runs on the treadmill! Not only was it incredibly hot, it was also incredibly boring. I brought my phone to try to watch Hulu while I ran, but I was so distracted by being hot and wishing it were over that I couldn’t really absorb the story. Oh well, live and learn.
Friday, 1/30 – Scheduled: 5 miles easy. Actual: Good thing I ran on Wednesday; I got called into work and didn’t run at all. I also wasn’t sorry.
Saturday, 1/31 – Scheduled: 6 miles easy. Actual: 4 miles easy. I’d run a little extra mileage over the week and didn’t have a lot of time, so I cut myself a break.
Total for the week: 41.24