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!

A bit late, I know. My life continues to be crazy busy and hectic and this week made me realize that I am having a very hard time managing training with life. It’s kind of a humbling kick in the face and I feel more determined than ever to STICK to my training plan.

I cannot even believe it’s been 5 weeks of training already. These past 2 weeks had me starting to run 6 days a week, and now the speedwork is introduced in week 6. Yikes! This is when it’s going to get tough.

Monday: 5 miles over the Queensboro Bridge and back.

This is going to be a new goal of mine; to run over the bridge at least once a week. This turned out to be a great run and I’m excited to get stronger on hills.

Tuesday: Easy 5

Wednesday: 4 miles total with a surprisingly awesome 5k at the end

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Easy 6

Saturday: Easy 5

Saturday was spent working on my husband’s short film from 10am to midnight. I was able to pop out for a bit and squeeze this in!

Sunday: skipped 10 miles and felt terrible about myself

The short film was done in our apartment, in our bedroom and it literally had to be taken apart to get it done. Suffice it to say, I got 5 hours of broken sleep from Saturday to Sunday. I was a cranky mess on Sunday morning and did not get my run in. We left at 12 to head up to Garrison, NY to see Abby and Anthony get married.

Me, husband, and Beth & Abby and Anthony

Total: 25 miles

Overall this turned into a disappointing week. But, now that the structured training has begun, there is no skipping runs or changing things around. This plan is meant to be the way it is and it is very specific. I know it’s not good to be so hard on yourself, but this plan only works if you follow it closely.

I’m only running 1 race during training and that’s the 100 on 100 relay race, which I’ll write more about soon because it’s coming up in just over a week. I’m so excited for it!

Onto week 6!

I can’t seem to keep up with these updates already! These past 2 weeks have been incredibly busy for me, but somehow I am still alive, exhausted, but alive.

Training is going pretty well overall, I’m still in the base building phase, but only for one more week. I want to be as prepared as possible for the “real” training that involves speedwork, so I really need to catch up on sleep this week.

Week 3:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 7 easy miles
I woke up before work to get this done!!! This is a big deal for me. I am not a morning runner/person. I ran 3 miles, then met Em for the last 4, so that was nice. It was humid as f&$k, though.

Wednesday: 5 miles, with a 5k in the middle. Splits were 8:23, 8:49, 8:19, and 7:19 for the last tenth of a mile. I was semi disappointed with how this race went. I’ve been running a whole lot more than the last time I ran this, but I managed the same exact time. I can’t seem to run a good second mile, that’s where it falls apart for me. 5k shape? Yeah, definitely not in that at the moment!

Thursday: 6 easy miles with my friend, Zach

Friday: 4 miles at 5:30am, who am I? I don’t know how I managed it, but I woke up at 5, ran, then showered and was out the door before 7 to meet up with the crew going to Block Island.

Saturday: 8 miles around Block Island

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Obviously this was freaking amazing! It was hilly, but we negative split and took it generally pretty easy. The views were amazing and we stopped to take a lot of pictures.

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We kept joking that we were doing a triathlon because we also went on a bike ride and swam in the ocean later in the day. So, overall a very active day and so much fun!

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Sunday: Rest! So. Needed.

Total: 30 miles

This was a great week and I felt so accomplished afterwards. Block Island was amazing and I did not want to leave!!!

Week 4:

I got to test out my new Hokas!

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I honestly can’t even remember any details about this past week. It was kind of a blur. My cat, Fry, had emergency stomach surgery the weekend I was in Block Island. He ate a shoelace and several hair elastics because he is dumb. It was a very stressful and expensive week for the husband and I.

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He is recovered and doing just fine now, thankfully. We have since cleaned our apartment extremely well so there is absolutely nothing he could possibly eat.

I ran just to get the miles in and they were all slow/easy miles that were pretty uneventful.

Monday: 4 miles

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 miles

Friday: 4 miles

Saturday: 5 miles

Sunday: 2 miles 🙁

Sunday was supposed to be 8 miles, but after an incredibly exhausting weekend, my body just did not want it. I called it quits at mile 2 on the treadmill and then lifted some weights instead. I miss strength training…at least the whole workout wasn’t a wash. I’m bummed I didn’t make it 8 miles, but considering I don’t have any cutback weeks and this is still just the base building phase, I feel better about it.

Total: 24 miles

My brother in law was in town for the weekend, he just turned 21, and had never been to NYC, so we did all kind of things with him. We ate Shake Shack, saw Times Square, visited Central Park, went to the Bacon and Beer Festival at Citi Field, and ate King of Falafel. It was an incredibly exhausting weekend, but so much fun!

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