Marathon Training Plan Update!

Marathon training has come to a temporary halt for me now that I’m no longer running Chicago.

My mortgage got an official approval from the underwriter late on Monday (YAY) so now I am 110% positive I will be running the Miami Marathon instead of Chicago. Since Miami isn’t until the end of January I have a little bit of a reprieve from the rigors of training.

On one hand it feels weird because I have a lot of momentum going from the last few months of Chi training, on the other hand Hansons was wearing me down and I feel relief from being able to lower my mileage for a couple of weeks. I’m not sure if I’ll pick back up with Hansons or if I’ll try a different methodology yet. I haven’t minded running six days a week, but I also don’t feel prepared to run 26.2 miles at 13:45 pace either… if anything I feel slower than when I started!

Right now I’m leaning towards the Hal Hidgeon Intermediate 1 plan for Miami. The weekly mileage is in my “challenging but doable zone” topping out at about 43 miles per week. I also like that it incorporates two 20-milers. I think I really need that for confidence.

I haven’t made a firm decision yet, but I don’t really need to until Sept. 26th. Until then I’ll just be working on keeping the base I’ve built up over the summer. I’ll probably keep my long runs in the 10 to 12 mile range until then.

Last night it was raining out when I got home from work so I did leg day instead of running. It felt so weird (but nice) to be able to go hard on leg day in the middle of the week! That’s definitely one benefit of not being in marathon training mode right now.

Squats! Lunges! Leg press!

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I closed out the night with 3 x 10 @ 240lbs on leg press. I literally walked out of the gym with shaking legs. It felt great!

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I got out a lot of stress during this gym session!

Running on these legs tonight should be interesting :).

BTW guess what I did? I used a Target gift card I had leftover from my birthday and bought a regular coffee maker.

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I’ve had a Keurig since 2009 but finally decided it was time to stop contributing to the problem of all the k-cups sitting in landfills.

I know I do a great many things that are damaging to the environment every day (like drive all the way into Miami for work). It may sound stupid to give up k-cups when there are so many other, bigger things I could be doing for the environment. I get it. But doing this one small thing is easy for me and why not do the easy things?

Plus, I kind of love my new coffee pot. What’s old is new again :). I like that I can set it to brew my coffee just as I’m waking up. My alarm clock and the coffee machine go off at the same time, which is like …  perfect harmony!

Also purchased with my gift card is this beautiful notepad!

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I’m definitely one of those people who loves to write out lists. Is there anything more satisfying that crossing things off a list? I LOVE IT!

For anyone interested this gorgeous notepad is less than $5 at Target! Score!

Aaaand as I sign off today I will leave you with a picture of my little baby.

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Honestly, he’s a little bit too cute.

I hope you have a great Wednesday!

What do you think about Hal H. plans?
Anyone have experience with Intermediate 1 plan?
I don’t feel like I am intermediate at the marathon distance (I’m definitely a beginner), but the prescribed mileage fits with what I like…. hm! 



  1. August 31, 2016 / 5:10 am

    I don’t know if I could go back to a regular coffee pot, but I do want to try the reusable K-cups. Congrats on your mortgage getting approved!

    • Kristina
      August 31, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

      I tried using the reusable k-cups but the coffee just didn’t taste as strong as I like for some reason. It was probably all in my mind though!

  2. August 31, 2016 / 5:18 am

    I’m obsessed with lists. I have an EC planner and their is a list section on each page of the weekly planner. I make a running list of things to do every week and then cross things off as I go. Then I transfer stuff that I didn’t do to the next week.

    Glad you are getting some finality in your closing plans. I can’t help but think marathon training in Florida will be much more pleasurable in the cooler weather 🙂

    • Kristina
      August 31, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Another list lover!!

      I make a list every single day at work! It’s one of my favorite things to do in the morning, haha!

  3. August 31, 2016 / 6:48 am

    I love my coffeemaker. I considered getting a Keurig and using the reusable cups that you fill yourself, but I like to make a pot of coffee and be able to set it to turn on automatically in the morning, so it just seems easier and smarter to have a full coffeemaker!

    I really hoped our rain would last for my run last night. It was raining until I got to the park, and then it stopped; but it was still breezy and overcast so that was nice! I’m not minding this weather at all haha.

    • Kristina
      August 31, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      I hear ya. I used the reusable rubber k-cup thing but the coffee just didn’t taste the same to me. I’m sure it was all in my mind, but my coffee was so unsatisfying that I started supplementing with regular k-cups and then I ended up using regular k-cups all the time again :(.

      Breezy and overcast is so nice, but the humidity is suffocating!

  4. August 31, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I started out with Hidgon plans and still recommend them to people. They are good plans I think. I was wondering if I’d do the Hansons plan again too. At first I enjoyed the consistency of it, but now I dread Sunday (tempo run!) and Tuesday (intervals!). But heck, I have less than 2 weeks to go, so I’m really looking forward to that!! (well, not so much the race, but being able to do whatever the heck I want!).
    I make cold brew coffee with just a container and filter, because I make iced coffee drinks after my morning run. I think that would drive me a little crazy with the K-cup waste. They’re not recyclable? If not, boo on that!

    • Kristina
      August 31, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that about the HH plans! YES with less than two weeks to go you are almost to the finish line!

      The k-cups aren’t recyclable 🙁 The company has said they have plans to make them recyclable by 2020 but the founder of Keurig said he doesn’t think it’s possible for them to ever be recyclable. I don’t know why he thinks that, but he must have a reason for saying it.

      Mmmm cold coffee after a morning run sounds so nice! Well, in theory, in practice I pretty much never like morning runs haha!

  5. August 31, 2016 / 9:47 am

    The only thing more satisfying than crossing things off lists may be pooping when you really have to poop! I literally went “awww” at the Cecil picture! I agree, if we all chose whatever is easiest for us to do something better for the environment, we should do it. If we all do a couple things (not even the same things) it can add up! It is so strange I felt exactly the same when doing Hansons- tired and SLOWER.

    • Kristina
      August 31, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      LMAO!!! Obviously that is very true!

      The easy run part of Hansons is just … strange. I totally get why you need to keep easy runs easy when you’re running higher mileage, but at the same time I feel like I’ve gotten way too used to running at their easy pace… which is much slower than what I thought my easy pace was before! I know they say most people are running too fast all the time… but IDK… I feel like I’ve completely stalled out.

  6. August 31, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    High five on mortgage approval. Sigh of relief lol.

    Still think you did the right thing switching your race and I’m glad your switching your plan. The other one seemed like it was burning you out. You want to go into the race confident and I think you’ll find a plan to do that.

    Just got my plan from my run group leader, so excited. 50k training IS ON!!

  7. August 31, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    I am using the Higdon Intermediate 1 plan as I train for Chicago! I have absolutely loved it so far. I like having pace runs on Saturdays before long runs–that part reminds me a bit of Hansens: cumulative fatigue. I think having two 20 milers might be slightly excessive, but for my first marathon, I need the mental benefit that those runs will bring. Plus, if one of them doesn’t go well, it gives me another opportunity to nail a 20 mile run. In general, the runs are organized in a way that doesn’t kill me by the end of the week, but I am still getting respectable weekly mileage totals. We’ll see how the marathon goes in October, but so far I’ve been really happy with the training. 🙂

  8. September 4, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I have my little stainless steel reusable K cup I use regualr coffee in and it is great 🙂 It saves me money and less waste which I never realized – so a win win 🙂
    Now you can beef up the legs all month!! Yu will feel so good. That is great to have a little “break” to refresh for the next training cycle.

  9. September 5, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    I totally feel the same way about the K-Cups and why I cannot make myself get a Keurig! I totally recommend cold brew coffee if you havent used it before, I am a big fan of the Chameleon Cold Brew that you can get at Target or Whole Foods mixed with Coconut milk an nothing else 🙂

    I just recently started the Hanson Training plan and must say I like it! I do understand the fear of not hitting 20 mile runs during training but part of me is looking forward to avoiding that lol.

    Only time will tell how it goes!