If you haven’t already read through my 25% done report, you can browse through it here.
I am now four+ weeks into the Hansons 40 mile per week base building plan which means I’m halfway done. Well, sort of. Let me explain! The plan is 8 weeks long and doesn’t include any rest/down weeks. Spoiler alert: I’m actually feeling pretty good and don’t really think I need a down week; however, I’m going on vacation soon and I don’t want to have to stress about my mileage while I’m exploring Spain, France and Italy!
Fitting in Mileage on Vacation
I can’t imagine that after hiking Mt. Vesuvius I’m going to want to get back on the cruise ship and run six miles. It just doesn’t sound practical, reasonable or fun to stress over fitting in 40 miles on vacation when I’m not even training for a specific race right now!
Instead I’m creating an unofficial down week into the base builder plan so that I can go with the flow on vacation. I still plan to cover all the bases: run six days per week, complete one tempo run and do back-to-back mid length long runs on the weekend. I just won’t stress about how many miles I’m covering each week day. I’ll also probably add on an extra week to the end of this plan where I’ll run another 40 mile week after which I’ll take a small break before jumping into full blown marathon training!
Building My Mileage
When I wrote my 25% done post I was just about to reach my 30 miles in a week for the first time in a long time. That’s all history now and I’m feeling really good in the mid-30 mile per week (mpw) range right now. Next week will be my first week at 40mpw and I’m actually not nervous about it at all.
Before I took on this plan I really questioned whether I would be able to handle the mileage. I really wanted to hit 40mpw but I didn’t know how my body would respond. I sort of took a “fake it until you make it” approach where I said I was going to do it even if deep down I was unsure.
Now, just four weeks later, I’m absolutely sure I’ll hit forty miles next with no major problems. Following my pacing guidelines and keeping all of my easy miles easy has really been the key.
How is my body REALLY holding up?
- My right hip is really tight some nights, but on other nights it doesn’t bother me at all (which is a miracle)!
- My calves and achilles are sometimes really tight, but this isn’t new.
- Sometimes I feel mentally exhausted by the thought of running every day but once I get started I my energy increases tenfold.
A little tightness here and there is really nothing to complain about or hold me back. It’s actually just a good daily reminder to stay diligent and committed to my lengthy stretching routine.
Last time I told you that I was having difficulty figuring out where to place my weight lifting days. I’m still doing two days of lifting per week: one upper body and one lower body day.
Just last week I decided to switch my upper body day from Saturday to Sunday. My biggest issue with lifting on Saturday was that it made me very sore for my long run on Sunday. It definitely isn’t ideal to lift after my long run but it’s better than feeling sore and beat up during the long run.
I should probably play around with my schedule a bit more to find a more practical solution. However, I am also following the philosophy of keeping my easy days easy and hard days hard by lifting on tempo run and long run days. This philosophy says that you should allow your body to really recover on easy days. It makes sense, but it’s H.A.R.D.
When I wrote my 25% checkin post I said I was feeling good but realized I hadn’t yet been pushed outside of my comfort zone. Even though I’m now approaching 40mpw I still feel the same way. I’m EXTREMELY surprised by this as just four weeks ago I would have told you that 40mpw was way, way, way outside of my comfort zone. Like, opposite side of the galaxy far away.
My fingers are crossed that the smooth sailing continues all the way through October when I cross the finish line in Chicago. However, I have a feeling I’ll hit quite a few bumps along the way ?! Thanks for being here to chat about training plans with me. Can you imagine if I tried to tell all of this to Adam? I’m sure he would listen but his eyes would probably gloss over, haha!
Have a great Wednesday!
What day of the week do you take your rest day(s)?
Where is the coolest place you’ve ever had the opportunity to run?!