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.
10 weeks to go!