Hi there! This weekend I spent a good chunk of time reading more of the Hansons book. If you’re thinking about running a marathon this fall, I would highly recommend it. I would especially recommend it to slower runners like myself who think the Hanson’s Method is only for faster, more experience runners.
I wish I had read the book last spring before I started training for Chicago. If you remember I worked with a coach who put together a plan based off of Hansons for me. I didn’t love it at all, but with a better understanding of the principles and how each type of workout helps to improve running efficiency I think I would have enjoyed the training more. I am nearly 100% positive I’ll use a Hansons plan this summer to prepare for Chicago 2.0.
I think one of the scariest things about Hansons is the weekly mileage which can be pretty intense. What makes it much less scary is understanding that only your easy mileage increases (not the amount of miles run for speed/strength). Additionally, you are not only encouraged but required to run easy miles 1-2 minutes slower than goal marathon pace.
The book goes into the scientific reasons why so much easy mileage is important for increasing running efficiency. I won’t try to explain it myself, but it’s definitely worth a read if you’re interested in that sort of thing. The book does a great job of explaining why all of that mileage isn’t junk as long as you’re following the plan. If you’re not following the plan to a tee then yes, you can definitely end up running junk mileage and sabotaging yourself. Super interesting stuff for running nerds :).
Last week was my first week of using the Hansons Base Work plan, which requires running six days per week just like the Hansons marathon plans.
At the peak of my running abilities in 2014-2015 when I set all of my current PRs I was running six days per week, but over the last 5-ish months I transitioned down to five days per week. Adding in the extra day didn’t feel that much more taxing, although it is strange to not have a rest day after a long run day.
I’m keeping a log of my thoughts and will write up a post after the 8 base building weeks are over to recap how I think it went, what the biggest benefits were and also what the biggest downsides were.
This weekend my plan called for six miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday. Adam and I went to the gym together on Saturday night and I got in my miles along with an upper body strength training session that left my chest super sore! I woke up on Sunday and was like “omg I think an elephant sat on me last night!”
SHOUTOUT to Adam who benched 270lbs three times which is a new max for him! I know what you’re thinking, but sorry ladies, he’s taken :). Also shoutout to me for being an excellent spotter, haha.
My mom is getting ready to move into her new place this week. She texted me to say that Georgie is doing a great job helping her pack up all of the final pieces. As you can see he is working real hard:
And here’s a pic of Cecil just because I don’t want him to feel left out:
I bought him this brown cat box last October and almost six months later he’s finally decided to use it. Go figure!
^ I require him to do 15 minutes of light reading every night before bed and he’s finally picked up “Why Not Me?” by Mindy. Good boy. ?
I hope you had a great weekend!
What was the best part of your weekend?
PS: CONGRATS AGAIN TO ADAM ON HIS 270lbs BENCH PRESS!