Happy Friday, y’all! Remember that we have a new Friday Five format this year and our theme for the first Friday is fitness. I’m sharing five thoughts on the Hanson’s Half Marathon Training Plan. You may recall I shared my thoughts on the plan after one month. Now I’m just two weeks out from my big race and so I wanted to share my thoughts again. Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating! Have a great weekend!
- The high mileage is HIGH – but doable. In January, I ran more miles than I’ve ever run – and I’ve trained for and run six marathons! I have to say that looking back and realizing that I’m running more miles than I did when I was training for a marathon has me excited about training for my fall marathon.
- The plan is pretty rigid in terms of what days you do particular workouts. Because you run six days a week, it’s a bit of a challenge to switch around runs. It can be done, but has to be done thoughtfully. My general run schedule has been Sunday/Monday – easy; Tuesday – speed or strength (remember, in the Hanson’s plan, strength is just longer speedwork; Wednesday – rest; Thursday – tempo run; Friday – easy; Saturday – long. This means that if I take a rest day Tuesday instead of Wednesday, I’d have two hard runs back to back and that’s a bad idea. Obviously the easy days can be swapped out with a hard run, but I just have to ensure that I’m not doing back to back hard runs. It requires a lot of thought and so, I really haven’t had many times where I switched days because it’s a lot of work.
- If you don’t sleep well or don’t sleep much, this plan will probably change that. I had been really bad about getting enough sleep (and I’m still not the best) but the peak weeks really take it out of you and you will be tired – building in enough sleep will affect your runs.
- Run easy on easy days. I have learned to love the easy day and I have learned that you can’t run too “easy” but you can definitely run not easy enough and pay for it. Learn from my experience and truly take easy days easy. It’s sometimes easier said than done, but it helps.
- Always give yourself the benefit of the doubt about hitting paces. I read in the Hanson training book that if you start a run and can’t hit your paces, it’s best to just change the workout to an easy run. I’ve kept that in mind on days where I felt like I doubted my ability to hit the prescribed paces. I always gave myself a mile – and what do you know, every time I hit it. Give yourself a chance to succeed before psyching yourself out. Trust me!
Have you ever trained using the a high mileage plan?