Marathon training is here!! I am a little over a week in at this point, and so far everything has been going great. I feel like I built a good base to go off of and found a training plan that is really working for me. And, you guys, I am just so excited to be training for a marathon. I never thought I would type those words, but it really is true. I am excited to push myself, both physically and mentally, to something new and to really grow in the process.
Every month I will share a recap of my training since I know there are a lot of you that enjoy reading these recaps. I figured I would share my monthly progress here, broken down week by week, and if you want to see more daily/ weekly progress, I’ll have that over on my Instagram account. Sound good? Yay, let’s get to it.
I am following the Hansons Marathon Method for this training cycle. I am not following their Beginner or Advanced plans (what they are most famous for), but rather one of their plans that is on Final Surge (which I am looooving!). It is a 16 week training plan that has me running between 30-40 miles a week at 5 days a week. Right now, I am feeling great following it. I have the Hansons Marathon Method book that I have been reading in supplementation to the training plan resources and it has given me a great understanding of the philosophy of the Hansons Marathon Methods, warm up drills to do before running, nutrition advice, and more.
Week 1 (6/26-7/2)
Monday: 5 mile easy run (9:25 avg, 47:12), 5 minutes core work
Tuesday: Cross-training — 25 minute bike ride, Core H routine
Wednesday: Tempo run — 1 mile warm up (9:21), 3 miles @ marathon pace (9:01 avg), 1 mile cool down (9:33), 10 minutes lower body strength training with kettlebell and medicine ball, 5 miles total
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 5 mile easy run (9:28 avg, 47:18)
Saturday: Strength workout — 1 mile warm up, 3×1 mile at -10 seconds marathon pace (9:01) with 400 meter jog in between, 1 mile cool down, 6 miles total
Sunday: 5 mile easy run (9:46 avg, 48:50)
Week 1 mileage: 26 miles running | 22 minutes strength training | 25 minutes biking || Total: 4:51:39
What went well: A good first week of training overall! I am feeling great and think that following this training plan is going to get me to the start line healthy and prepared for 26.2 miles. I am getting used to running a bit slower than I have been, but I know it is all a part of actually running easy and a part of the whole Hanson’s Marathon Method.
What went poorly: I would not say this went poorly, but it is definitely something I want to work on moving forward — strength training. During my base building period, I had a really good routine of what days I did core work, what days I did lower body strength training, and what days I did upper body strength training. With a whole new training plan and training for a new distance, I am still figuring out how to fit it all in. I do not plan on strength training a ton during this training cycle, but I still need to get it in throughout the week. I am sure as I get more used to training I will find a routine that works for me.
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