It’s here! It’s here! The most wonderful time of the year! The start of training for marathon #2 starts tomorrow, and I’m so excited!
As I mentioned in my post about my marathon training plan, I’ll be doing the Hansons’ method again but using a different plan that’s a better fit with my work schedule and my need for more recovery. I didn’t mention in that post, but I feel I should say that if I couldn’t do a Hansons’ plan, I probably wouldn’t train for a marathon. That’s how strongly I feel about how well the method works for me and will prepare me for the marathon distance. I used italics on “for me” because of course there are plenty of good plans and methods out there that work for people; heck, I’ve heard of people who do absolutely no training and do well in races. We’re all different, and different things work for each of us. I’m grateful that I’ve discovered a training method that works so well for me, for right now at least.
I’ve been using the Hansons’ method since 2015, and it’s a good fit for me. I like running most days and don’t like cross training other than strength training and yoga. I’d be miserable following a plan that called for cycling or swimming, for example. I’m not injury prone, and running a lot of miles makes me feel incredibly strong and fit. It’s pretty awesome to feel like Super Woman! Yes, Hansons is tough, and you get very tired. But that’s the whole point of the method and why it prepares me so well for races. The cumulative fatigue you develop over the course of training mimics the feeling you get late in races. When you have to train in a state of fatigue, you learn to power through tough workouts when you’re tired, which is what you need to do on race day. While I was well over my time target for my first marathon, I still feel that the Hansons’ method worked very well because I never really hit a wall or hurt late in the race. Rather, my challenge was that the intense sun and warm temperatures very early in the race took all of my effort and energy just to get to the half-way point. That I could run a full hour longer than I planned to run after I’d given my all just to get to the half-way point is, I think, a testament to how well the method works for me.
I remember how bummed I was following my marathon because I felt like I didn’t even get a fair shot at it. I couldn’t wait to try again. Finally, after a half-year of a running slump followed by gradually building my fitness, here I am on the eve of my journey to my second marathon. I’m ready.
The first few weeks of my plan will be five days of easy running, gradually building up mileage. I’ve been working on building my base for the past two months and feel that really helped me be in good shape but nowhere near burned out to start training. My new training plan is a step up from my previous one and will have more mileage, and I think my base building prepared me for that.
Plus, I’m starting training 10 pounds lighter than I was at the beginning of this year. While I’m still working on shedding just a few more pounds, I’m happy with where I’m at. My main weight loss goal was to fit into my running shorts by the start of marathon training, and I achieved that. Once training ramps up, I’ll switch from weight loss to maintenance mode. I don’t want to restrict calories my body needs for all the hard training.
This past week was an intentional cutback week because I wanted a very easy week before the start of training.
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Keeping my fitness up prior to marathon training that starts July 24
- Days running: 4
- Miles this week: 15.1
- Miles this month: 52.36
- Miles this year: 518.44
- Strength training: 20 minutes
Easy run: 3 miles
Just another humid Monday. Er, humid week. Um, humid month and summer. On the bright side, the hibiscus plants are in bloom on the river trail and look so pretty!
Easy run: 4 miles
Rest day + 20 minutes strength training
Rest day. Dave and I had went out for happy hour and dinner the night before. Yadda, yadda, yadda, I slept in instead of running.
Easy run: 4 miles
Trail run: 4.1 miles
I’ve been running in very warm, humid weather since it first started this spring. I don’t love it, but I’ve come to accept it as part of summer running and don’t think too much about it. So this trail run really threw me for a loop. I met Jamie at North Park for a run on my favorite trail, the red-blue blazed trail that’s mostly small little rolling ups and downs without any big climbs. When I first started trail running, I walked the hills to keep my heart rate low. Jamie doesn’t like walking, so the last time we ran trails together, we ran all the hills, and I was pretty sore after. Jamie is also faster than I am, so on this run, I led the way to try to keep a decent pace. I’d planned on running 5 miles. We got to 2 miles right after a fairly big climb for this trail. My heart felt like it was going to explode right out of my chest, and I had to stop for a few minutes to catch my breath. It was 75 degrees when we started and miserably humid. At 2 miles, I realized I’d drank more than half of the water with electrolyte spray in my 22-ounce bottle. Having learned my lesson from a previous run that I probably need some carbs when it’s so humid out, I ate a date, and then we turned around to head back. I knew I didn’t have it in me to do all 5 miles, but I was surprised how wiped I was when we started heading back. I think I used up all my energy with that quicker pace, running all the hills in the first 2 miles. The date helped a bit after a few minutes, but I had to walk a lot of the hills and was much slower. With less than a quarter-mile to go, the heavens opened up and it poured. We got soaked (so no photo), but we were already soaked with sweat, and the rain actually felt great. Since I plan to continue trail running when marathon training starts, this was a good lesson to NOT push my pace on trails when it’s so humid out.
I was so wiped out in the afternoon that I had to take a nap. I saw Jamie later that day at a party she and her friends hosted at Grist House Brewery, and she said she was beat too. Humidity attacked with a vengeance on this run!
Rest day! In the afternoon we took Django to the dog pool, where he got to play with two of his greyhound friends. Django was pretty wild and running around like a maniac, and I hope he wasn’t the one to injure his greyhound buddy, who had a gash on his side big enough that my friends were taking him to the emergency vet to get stitched up. Because greyhounds run so fast in a group, they can easily tear another greyhound’s thin skin while running. This is why greyhounds race with muzzles on and why many greyhound owners put muzzles on their dogs when they’re playing with other greyhounds. The adoption groups give you a muzzle for that reason when you adopt, but Django hasn’t worn his in years. I might have to start making him wear it the next time we have a greyhound play date, even though he hates it.
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!