The cumulative fatigue that Hansons Marathon Method is based around is definitely starting to kick in. I cannot wait for my rest day on Wednesday!

Here is what week 8 looked like on the Hansons plan.

Monday: 3 easy miles

Had 6 on the plan, but we got home from Vermont at 8:30pm and there was no way I was going to run 6 miles after that, but I managed to get out for 3.

Tuesday: 6 x 800 w/ 400 meter rest and 2 mile w/u and c/d, 8.5 miles total

Goal for 800s = 3:55

Actual splits: 3:53, 3:55, 3:50, 3:55, 3:51, 3:50

800s are my favorite! This workout flew by and I really enjoyed it, it felt appropriately tough, but doable. I also love that I don’t have the same workout scheduled more than once in my plan. I only have 2 more weeks of speedwork and then I move onto the ‘Strength’ workouts on Tuesdays.

There’s always a great view of the sunset at the park/track, but I never bring my phone, especially during a track workout. But, it usually looks exactly like this!

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Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 7.5 easy miles with my friend, Zach

Thursdays are usually Tempo runs, but I decided to skip it this week, since I raced 100 on 100 over the weekend and definitely ran faster than what I had on my schedule.

Friday: 5 easy miles in the morning

I can’t run in the morning, my legs felt awful and this was a ride on the struggle bus for sure.

Saturday: 6.5 easy miles with Zach

Sunday: 10.5 miles at long run pace

This was my first long run scheduled for long run pace, so I was a bit nervous, but I ended up nailing it. My scheduled pace is 9:38 and I ran mostly consistent splits and ended up with an overall average of 9:35!

I also ran over the Queensboro bridge twice, I’m trying to get as many hills as possible under these legs.

Total: 41 miles

I’ve definitely reached the point in training where everything hurts. I have so many aches and pains and I focus every day on stretching and rolling out any tight muscles that I have. My knees have been a bit cranky, my feet hurt a bit, and even the insides of my ankles. I’m thinking some of these might be due to worn out shoes? I have a pair of Hokas that have about 400 miles on them, my other pair of the same model lasted about 550 miles, so I’m not sure what the deal is.

10 weeks to go!

Late again! I’m always behind on blogging life. At least I know that Kim reads these. :) Verrazano bridgeLeticia sent me this the other day! Only 72 days to go, so basically the marathon is next week! Ha.

Here is how week 7 went down.

Monday: Easy 4

Tuesday: 8 x 600s, 7 miles total

I had never done 600s before, it’s a weird distance, about .37 miles. I did this on the treadmill, it was raining, maybe? I don’t remember now. I record my splits using the timer on my phone and for most of them I ran the same pace.

600s goal = 2:55

Actual: 2:54, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:52, 2:51, 2:50

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 7 mile Tempo (5 @ tempo, 1 mi. w/u, 1 mi. c/d)

This was a great run! For some reason, I felt incredible from the very first tempo mile. It usually doesn’t come that easy for me, it usually takes me a couple miles to settle into a pace and feel good about it. My body felt so ready to run this pace!

Tempo goal pace = 8:58

Actual splits: 8:58, 8:53, 8:59, 8:52, 8:56

I spent the rest of the night packing for Vermont. I think our cats knew we were leaving. :)

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Friday: 3 miles with Lauren in Vermont!

Faster than what it was supposed to be, but it felt good to be out of the car and running in clean air!

Saturday: 17.8 miles total at the 100 on 100 relay race (Recap coming soon, I promise!)

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Sunday: REST!!!

Total: 38.8 miles

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Em always sends me the best update pictures when she is cat-sitting for us! Not so patiently waiting for food.

Um. 12 weeks to go.

I’ve written part of a post on how in order to do the Hansons Marathon Method, you have to believe in it 100%. It’s still in my drafts, but maybe it’s time to go back and read it again because the fact that I haven’t run more than 10 miles in a single run is starting to freak me out. Ahh, just watching that gif I posted is freaking me out.

I’ve been following the plan and I technically haven’t missed any mileage, so I know I’m fine and I just need to believe in the plan and know that it works.

Here is how week 6 panned out.

•Monday: Rest

•Tuesday: 9.5 miles total

12 x 400 with 400 meters rest

400s goal = 1:58

Actual = 1:58, 1:56, 1:57, 1:57, 1:55, 1:57, 1:56, 1:55, 1:58, 1:55, 1:56, 1:56

•Wednesday: Easy 2 miles

•Thursday: 7 miles total, 5 @ tempo pace

Tempo goal: 8:58 (marathon goal pace)

Actual: 8:59, 8:58, 8:55, 8:51, 8:53

Nailed it!

I was nervous about this run beforehand. I haven’t pushed the pace to any extent in a while (minus the 5ks), so I wasn’t sure how these were gonna feel and if I would survive the whole 5 miles. All my runs have been easy, 10+ pace since the beginning of training.

But, it felt great once I got into the groove and I could’ve kept going. I felt like I was getting stronger as the run went on. I also think it helped that I fueled well before the run, I ate a piece of peanut butter toast, a salted caramel Gu, and 2 Honey Stinger gummies. I also drank a glass of water. Sounds like a lot, but it was after work and I’m always hungry when I get home and my blood sugar is typically low.

•Friday: Easy 4 miles with Em

•Saturday: 8 miles on the treadmill

I wanted to sleep in and it was incredibly hot outside, so Em and I went to the gym at 6pm Saturday night to run. We are really exciting people to hang out with on t he weekend!

•Sunday: 8.5 easy miles around Astoria

Total: 39 miles

This was a redemption week for sure. I feel really great about how my first week of speedwork went!

I have 2 4-day weeks in a row with a 4 day weekend this week. Hurry up and be Friday, please!