After receiving some excellent insight from supernorts (a 2:48 marathoner!) on the training plan I posted yesterday, I’ve decided to make some significant revisions. He pointed out some areas, such as moving my rest days to Saturday in order to have a higher quality long run on Sunday. He also suggested I incorporate two a day runs a couple times a week, which I have considered doing in the past, but have never done before. After reflecting on his feedback, the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. With the two a day runs, I will be able to get my weekly mileage into the 70 mile range without too much of an additional time commitment.
This will be a very challenging plan. But given that I was running in the mid-50 to mid-60 mile range for weeks on end during my last training cycle, I think I’m conditioned enough to move up into the low-70 mile range if I don’t push the pace too hard on my easy days. If it feels like it is too much, then I’ll make some adjustments along the way.
So this pretty much ends my experiment with the Hansons Marathon Method. Although I’m sure the method is highly effective for many people, I personally didn’t find it any more effective than other plans I have followed. I may give it another try in the future, but since I’m training for Boston, the Granddaddy of all marathons, I want to put forth my best training effort possible.
I ran about 25 easy miles this week and still in recovery mode. Most of the lingering pain from last Sunday’s marathon has dissipated, but will continue running easy next week before I pick it up again.