I am currently training for the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach this March and I’ve been using an adapted version of the Hansons Half Marathon Training Program (read more about my training schedule here). I thought I’d check in and share some of my thoughts on Hansons Half Marathon Program as I go through each stage of training.
My overwhelming feeling so far is that I’m tired. Some of this is the training plan, for sure but I also haven’t been sleeping well and have been extremely busy at work and working just about every single day. I know I need to fix this – especially because the harder weeks of the training program are still to come. In two weeks, I’ll be running 40+ miles a week (I’ve been averaging about 36 so far) and that is going to be really challenging. I’ve got to start sleeping better or my running will suffer.
One of the things that I’m most enjoying about the program is that it’s changed my mindset in terms of my runs. Instead of thinking “I’ll run when I can”, I now know that I will be running just about every day (thank goodness for Wednesday rest days) and I’m very vigilant about planning out when I will run each and every day. I no longer just “let the day get away from me” without getting my run in. Of course I do anticipate that over the course of training, I will probably have to miss a run or two. Sometimes it’s just inevitable with life. However, with my mindset being “find and schedule a way to get it done,” I know that I will only miss a run if I absolutely have to do. This has not always been the case for me and so I’m thrilled that so far, I’ve been able to stick to my commitment to this plan.
I also feel like the plan is working. I’m hitting paces pretty consistently in my workouts and I haven’t yet had to bag a workout because I couldn’t hit the paces. It is very hard to hit the paces in my speed work and tempo runs and so that’s always a struggle but I’m able to do it. I’m really pushing myself out of my comfort zone with this plan and I’m glad I decided to try Hansons. I have to say though, that I’m glad that I’m trying this program out training for a half marathon before using it for a full. I can not imagine running more mileage than this right now. However, I know that post Hansons I’ll be in a really strong place and have a strong base for fall marathon training.
Finally, I’m getting used to running alone. I really like doing training runs with others – it just helps me mentally. I knew that with this plan, I’d be running alone quite a bit for the simple fact that I’m running six days a week – I knew I wouldn’t be able to find a run bud for six runs. Typically, it shakes out that I run alone on Tuesdays, Thursdays and sometimes Sundays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are also the hardest runs I have all week – track work and tempo runs. This plan has been really getting me mentally strong as I’ve pushed through physically (and mentally) hard workouts all by myself. I’m often actually by myself since the weather has been not the best and most other folks aren’t running outside. It’s been hard, but I think my mental game is getting stronger.
What training plan are you currently using?