For the second day in a row, the sun is shining through my office window. After week’s of non stop rain and all night flood alerts, the sun is finally out and it’s feeling like Texas in May. And it’s about to get HOT. And I decided it was a good idea to train for a marathon through the Texas summer, my least favorite weather to run in. Shoot me.
On the upside, it’s a new challenge. I usually transition to shorter distance and add swimming and more boot camp and strength training in during the summer. I’m a long distance WINTER runner. So this should be fun. And sweaty.
I’ve struggled the past few week’s to get back in a training groove. I think partly because summer is almost here which automatically translates into lazy days by the pool and for me, lots more swimming and lifting and less running. Changing my mindset to marathon mode has been really hard. Since we got back from Spain I decided my key word for the next few week’s would be consistency. If it’s a mile a day, fine. If it’s lifting and not running, awesome. Just do something. And stop eating cake.
So with that mindset each day has gotten easier. Saturday I squeezed in 7 treadmill miles that felt effortless(besides the massive humidity of course) and I finally felt like myself.
It helps to wear green pants.
So with that run I feel ready to tackle marathon mode.
My amazing friend and training partner for Chicago came over and we discussed a training plan. I’ve been wrestling for months on wether or not I wanted to tackle Hanson’s again. I know you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat and unable to think about anything other than what training plan I’ll be using <insert sarcasm> but we’ve decided to go with Hanson’s again!! I may be going temporarily insane.
Here’s the thing. I believe in this method. I believe in the science behind it and it was the first time I’ve ever trained for any distance event and not had any injuries. Not even minor ones. Some of you know I had some crummy circumstances on race day so that didn’t go as planned, but I felt the positive benefits of the training even through a crappy race. So, I’ll try it again. For my full review click here.
I’m changing it up a bit to include more time for strength training because that was the only downside to me. It’s a butt load of running. For your average 30 mile per week runner(ahem…me) it’s a challenge. You get up to about 60 mile weeks. But, I believe in it.
This will be Candace’s first marathon, and we’re not running with a goal time in mind. Of course I have one in my head that I’d like us to shoot for, but for her first, I just want her to enjoy the race, the atmosphere and the experience and most importantly, cross the finish line….alive. Isn’t that everyones first marathon goal?
So, we’ll adapt a version of Hanson’s that is slightly less intense. Once I have it all typed up I’ll post it in case you are interested in a modified version. A, my husband travels, kids are out for summer and I don’t have time to run a million miles a week, it’s HOT version. It’ll be fun.
So, there you have it. June 7th this craziness kicks off again. I’ll document it all here on the blog. Until then it’s dentist appointments and end of the school year programs and LOTS of baseball after having our fields under water(literally) for the past 3 week’s. I’m doing my best to be consistent and strong so I’m ready to tackle this plan again. Here goes nothin.
What’s your favorite season to train? Do you love running in the heat?
Do you have a go to training method?