Cinnamon’s Training Log (what!?) 1.23.16

Well, it’s time to start training again.  It’s past due, in fact! Not only did I register for The Flying Pig, I got my plane ticket and sucked it up and started on week 4 of an 18 week plan.

I’m modifying Hanson’s again, adding mileage to my easy days; the goal is to top out in the 60-65mpw range this time, whereas last year I topped out just over 50mpw for both my spring and fall marathons. Like last time, I’m planning to build up to an 18 miler for my longest run instead of a 16.  I still can’t shake the feeling that 16 is not enough.  Hell, 18 seems like not enough!

This week I learned lots of things:

  • I can train like a NCAA athlete WITH NCAA athletes on the Armory‘s gorgeous indoor track
  • Running in the freezing cold isn’t nearly as unpleasant as I remembered
  • Tempo runs are best limited to the Southern part of Central Park, since I’m such a stickler for pace that I almost blew my heart up on the Harlem Hills
  • Blizzard schmizzard.

Monday 1/18 – off

Tuesday 1/19 – 12 x 400 at the Armory, half rest (total 6.5)

Wednesday 1/20 – 8 easy in the blustery cold

Thursday 1/21 – 6 mile Tempo (8:12 pace) (total 7.5-ish)

Friday 1/22 – 8 easy

Saturday – 2 miles in the blizzard

Sunday – 10 mile ‘long’ run (9:10-9:30 pace)

Total: 42 miles

Cinnamon made Salty Running, takes lots of pictures and drinks lots of coffee. By day she's a camera assistant for films and tv in New York, and by night she's on a quest for zen in the 10k. Her writing is a mix of satirical humor, finding wholeness as an average runner, cheering for runners at all paces and more.

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  1. Yeah I don’t think 18 is long enough personally, especially for the relatively low weekly mileage. Also great week! Next week I want pictures from that track! Jealous!

  2. I hired the Hansons to coach me last training cycle. They have you do three 20 mile runs with some of the miles at marathon pace. Sometimes it’s 10 miles in the middle, and sometimes it’s the last 10 miles. Just an FYI in case you want to adapt your plan!

  3. Agree with you about the lower loop being the place to hit pace. I’ll have to check out the Armory! Would love to meet up in the park next Sunday morning if that works for you to run together.

  4. Solid week love that you made it all work with the blizzard and whatever mother nature threw at you. I’m admittedly jealous of the armory track, I’d love to have that!!! We have a few indoor tracks at colleges around here but they like money too much being private schools and paying $20 for one workout seems excessive to me. All you ladies loving up on Hanson plans intrigue me, but I agree that 16-18 feels “too short” to me!

    1. Well…it’s still $15. Apparently New Balance isn’t THAT generous. I wish! A season pass is $300. Can you imagine? I’d really have to be doing track work a lot more than once or twice a week for that to be worthwhile, especially when there’s a free public outdoor track a mile south of me.