San Francisco Marathon Training: Day 7 of 126

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 usedΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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 .



4 thoughts on “San Francisco Marathon Training: Day 7 of 126

  1. First off, I seriously love reading your blog. Quality over quantity.

    I’ve wondered about the Hansons’ method but I know I’m not there yet. I’ve only been running for a little under 2 years and my speed is definitely “back of the pack.” I know I’ve got to be patient and that it will come with work and time. What’s been your technique?

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I think Hansons is for beginners as well. I’ve been running just under 2 1/2 years, so not long either. With other training plans I’ve never done any real speed work, basically just long and short runs. I think what helped me improve (2012 races vs 2013 races) is incorporating functional training into my plans. This has helped me to become a stronger and faster runner – in my opinion. I recently purchased a book called Quick Strength for Runners by Jeff Horowitz. There are some really good exercises in there, all aimed at improving a runner’s strength. The front of the book says all you need is 1 hour a week, which I don’t believe, I am on week 4 and I try to do the exercise 3-4 times a week.
      Either way I’ve enjoyed this book. I think you should get the Hansons Marathon Method book and at least read it, if you haven’t already. I don’t do everything by the book (nutrition, hydration) because when it comes to that I know what works for me. But I am trying to stick to the training plan as much as possible since this is my first time doing it.
      I hope this helped!! Let me know what you think if you decide to try it!

  2. Is there one for training for a Half Marathon? I guess I should start training for my half on June 1st. I hope I can remember to ask you at November Project, but you’ve been talking about this for awhile, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it as well πŸ™‚ I haven’t run since Shamrock’n and we have the 10miler this Sunday…eeek!!

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