For my next marathon training cycle, I’ll be using a different Hansons’ plan. I’ll be going into detail about it in an upcoming post, but one thing that’s different from the plan I’ve previously used (the beginner plan) is that there is not as much base build-up at the beginning of the plan. The plan I’ll be using bumps up weekly and long run mileage much more quickly than the beginner plan. Because of that, I’ve tried to be more rigorous about my pre-training base building in general, but especially in these last few weeks. I’m happy that it feels like that’s paid off. I’m pleased that 4 miles is now my standard, can-do-this-in-my sleep, run. I’ve been getting up for runs instead of sleeping in when I feel tired or when the humidity is so thick the air feels like a blanket. I’ve been mostly consistent with 5 runs a week, which the plan starts with before increasing to 6. I’ve tested some run commutes so that I can learn how to incorporate them into my training. I think overall I’m in good shape to start training.
I know that doing too much at the beginning of training is a common mistake, leading to burnout down the road. When I worked with my Hansons’ coach last year for training, she kept me to a light start even though I wanted to do more. So I’ve been mindful to keep everything light and easy even while trying to add rigor and consistency, and I feel like I’ve done a good job with that. I’m feeling really good. Despite the crazy humidity that I can’t get away from even early in the morning, I’ve been enjoying my runs and nothing feels like a chore. I never regret getting in a run instead of sleeping in, and always feel refreshed after.
I think there are two reasons I’m feeling so good about my running these days. The first is because my trail runs are pure fun. I enjoy them so much and look forward to them every week. And they’re so different from my typical runs that they’re almost a different activity altogether. The second reason is because I’m continuing to do mostly easy running. I gave myself a break from the calculations to try to hit a perfect 80/20 ratio and instead have tried to stick to having one run a week not be easy. I also think all the easy running helps me deal with the heat and humidity. I plan to continue both trail running and mostly easy running in marathon training.
The other thing I’m proud of from this past week is that I got three strength training sessions in. I haven’t done that in a while. Last year I did really well with getting in three sessions during marathon training most weeks, and I really want to do that again this year.
Overall I continue to be really excited to start training. The countdown is on: one more week to go!
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Keeping my fitness up prior to marathon training that starts July 24
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 20.6
- Miles this month: 37.26
- Miles this year: 503.34
- Strength training: 81 minutes
Easy run: 4 miles
Rest day + 33 minutes of strength training
Easy run: 4 miles
Easy run: 3 miles
Strength training: 33 minutes
Easy run: 4 miles
I ran with Joanna for part of this run. Always so nice to run with a friend!
Trail run: 5.6 miles
I headed to Riverview Park for this run and wanted to get in 6 miles. They were repaving the road to the park, so I had to park farther away. The repaving equipment was stinky and loud, and I was dismayed to still hear it once I got into the park. This run just wasn’t as enjoyable because of the noise. It had rained a bunch (as always this summer), and I had to climb through a bunch of trees that were down on the trail.
I tried a new trail that I liked, but I’m always a little worried that I’ll get lost when trying new trails, so I didn’t love it as much as I usually do. Also, I tried to run most of the hills, and that really wore me out. I usually walk most hills on trail runs, but I decided to start trying to run them. Oof! I was dragging at the end of this run. Riverview’s trails are short, and I couldn’t easily get to the others I planned to run on because I didn’t want to have to run past the smelly construction equipment, so I ran the same trails a few times, which got boring. In the end, from being tired from running the hills and the boredom with running the same trails, I cut the run a bit short.
In the early afternoon, we took Django on a pretty long walk to tire him out so that he would sleep while we went to our neighborhood’s music festival. He was so tired at the end of the walk that he was walking like a snail, taking a bunch of rest breaks until we finally got home. Dave and I changed and got ready to walk over to the music festival. Wouldn’t you know that Django perked right up and gave us the guiltiest look that said, “You’re not leaving without me are you?!” One of the food trucks at the music festival had a little menu for dogs, and I wanted to get him something from it since we didn’t take him with us, but I didn’t want to carry around a bag of meat for the rest of the night. He got a peanut butter-filled Kong instead when I got home, one of his favorite treats.
Rest day + 24 minutes strength training
We took Django to Hartwood Acres to hike on some trails instead of going to the dog park like we usually do. It was 85, and the dog park is in full sun, so we wanted to stick to the shade. Of course Django jumped into the a little pond to chill out on the way out.
After I got home I really didn’t feel like strength training, but I told myself I could just do 10 minutes, and if I wanted to quit, I could. Once I got started I was able to complete the workout and was happy I made time for it. The cats, meanwhile, supervised in the way they usually do.
I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap, Steff, for the Pittsburgh Run Bloggers Weekly Recap, and Courtney for her Training Recap. Have a great week!