Hansons Marathon Method: Weeks 4 – 6

WEEK 4

Weekly Mileage: 21 miles

Total Mileage: 70 miles

Once again, I spent the mornings running at sunrise which was just lovely.  Between that and The Yoga, all was well with the world.  Nothing to report, really.

Because I knew that traveling would confound The Schedule just a bit, I shifted all of my runs back a day and kicked out one of the mid-week rest days to make sure everything would fit in.

Iceland

The grand finale and reward for these efforts was an 8:00 AM run along the bay in Reykjavik and a chance to dip my hands (and accidentally my feet!) into the water that is the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans mid-run.

It was pretty excellent.

WEEK 5

Weekly Mileage: 25 miles

Total Mileage: 95 miles

The last week of mileage building or, as it is more informally known, That Week Where Running Just Felt Like Hell.  But before we go there, some snaps of the insanely gorgeous stuff I got to look at on my morning runs.

Munich 2 Prague Berlin Munich 1

How it really was: The cobblestones and pavers in Berlin absolutely destroyed my legs/feet/hips.  I want to say that running through the Tiergarten was magical (and in a lot of ways it was), but I hurt so much and not in the good way.

Between The Cobblestone Issue (praise God there was a dirt/paved trail along the Isar River in Munich), the amount of walking we were doing during the day (~8 hours) and the massive dehydration that comes with vacation, mostly I wanted to quit and die.

But I got the miles in, Amen.

WEEK 6

Weekly Mileage: 8 miles

Total Mileage: 103 miles

After Week 5, my feet and legs were just trashed and we were headed into Pamplona where I knew there would not be ANY running that was not bull-related.  I know that the Hansons’ plan is meant to push you into exhaustion and over the edge to build stamina. What happened during Week 5 accomplished none of that.

So Week 6 was about resting and running to feel good.

Bilbao

Regardless of how Week 6 turned out, I’m really proud of the effort that I was able to put in the week before.  Between that, the miles I logged in Bilbao and the miles I did in the parking lot at the Reykjavik airport, I ran more on vacation than I ever have before.  It’s so funny to think that it was not that long ago that I never would have thought to run on vacation and now it has become one of my favorite ways to see things.

That being said, since I essentially dropped a week of the plan, I now need to determine if the best course of action is to:

  1. Drop two weeks and repeat Week 5
  2. Repeat Week 6 and actually run it
  3. Continue with The Plan and run Week 7

I’m really not concerned about how any of these options will impact the marathon itself as they will my body right now and the half-marathon I have to run in three weeks.

I’m sure after a few more miles all will be revealed.  This is not world peace.

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One response to “Hansons Marathon Method: Weeks 4 – 6

  1. I added a 15.5 mile hard trail race into week 5; I don’t regret it because it was an absolute blast, but it definitely took its toll on my legs.

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