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!
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.