Hanson’s Marathon Method, Week 18 Day 1: 8 Miles Easy
Target Pace: 12:05-12:55
Actual Pace: 12:10
1. At the beginning of marathon training I was avoiding hills. I knew I couldn’t maintain sub-11 on any sort of incline. I pushed hard on the flattest pieces of the Twin Cities I could find. And I kept getting better.
Today, for the fifth time in the last two weeks (including my tempo run in which I nailed sub-11 to the wall), I actively sought out this part of the course.
I didn’t realize it until Cam pointed it out this morning, but the stretch oddly doesn’t even feel like a series of hills anymore.
It’s like I have a new gear on my bike. Going uphill? Just use this extra muscle we tacked on over the last 18 weeks…
2. If the marathon training was a class and the Hanson’s were teaching, I’d have a 92% in the grade book. I’ve completed 112/122 workouts successfully. A good showing, sure. Not perfect.
Today the imperfection in my training got to me a little. “Couldn’t I have found a harder route home?” “Why did I only just start tackling this part of the course a few weeks ago?” “WHY did I not run when I was chaffing? I’m not going to be strong enough come race day!”
Then I thought, I wonder if I missed enough miles to be below the mileage required of the plan I would have used if I hadn’t followed the HMM - probably Hal’s Novice 2.
Novice 2 calls for 462 miles and peaks at week 11 with 36 miles/week.
The Hansons plan call for 644 miles and peaks at week 12 with 56 miles/week.
During my training I had more miles per week than Hal’s peak week more than half the time.
Hanson’s plan also called for 30% more mileage.
Earlier in the week I crunched the numbers and, half way through Week 17, I was at 515 miles. The answer to my worried mid-run question is absolutely not. I am still significantly over the mileage called for by Novice 2.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Hal’s plans, on the contrary, the plan has worked for thousands of runners. Hal’s plans are a benchmark, something familiar to compare to.
I guess it’s sort of like I’m taking AP Marathon Training…
TL;DR - (1) I’ve gotten stronger, mentally and physically. (2) I’m feeling confident in my training.