Week 1 of 18 done! I started training for the San Francisco Marathon on Monday, so far so good :). I am super excited about training for this marathon for a few reasons:
1. I am running the SF Marathon on my 30th birthday!!
2. I have met some awesome people through social media that I am training with.
3. I am using the Hansons Marathon Method of training.
I have talked briefly about my new training schedule, a lot of people have heard of it and have used it. I’ve heard nothing but good things from people that have used the Hansons training plan. I have chosen to do the beginner’s plan. I feel that I am a pretty good runner and I have improved quite a bit (CIM 2012 – 5:44:xx, my first marathon. Napa Valley 2014 – 3:56:51, my most recent) but I still have a lot of learning/training to do before I would consider myself advanced.
This training plan is 18 weeks long (the first marathon training plan I used was 6 months!). It consists of easy runs, long runs, and what they call SOS workouts (something of substance) which are speed, strength and tempo runs. Without getting into too much detail this training plan is based on science and physiological evidence. I became certified as a personal trainer through NASM right before reading this book. I am glad it worked out that way because I completely understood EVERYTHING they were talking about when they explained how and why this plan works. It all made perfect sense. I will be running 6 days a week – starting at week 6 – and my weekly mileage ranges from 10 (first week, although this week I ran 25.62 miles) to 57 miles. Some people have told me running 6 days a week is too much. Not the way this plan has you running. Not if you understand how this plan works. And not if you are smart about your training. On a side note, if you think running everyday is bad for you go check out my friend Chris Malenab. He is on day 475 of his running streak.
I haven’t used this plan yet, but after the San Francisco Marathon I’ll let you know if I recommend it or not. I’m 99% sure I will 🙂
Here is my run from today. It was supposed to be an easy 4 miles, I made it a little over 5. My easy runs are supposed to be around 9:15-10:15/mi since my goal time is 8:15/mi. But it is really hard for me to run that slow! I was trying
SF Marathon Training Easy Run – 5 Miles .