Marathon Monday: Hanson’s Method Week #7

Hello Monday.  Hope ya’ll had an awesome weekend.  It’s time for a little recap of my week in training.  Ya’ll know I try to be as honest as humanly possible so if I’m being brutally honest, I’m exhausted.  There were times this week I wanted to quit this whole process,  run a 5k and call it a day.  Can I just say there is NOTHING wrong with a 5k.  In fact it’s an amazing accomplishment and honestly the hardest distance for me because I warm up around mile 3.  Shorter distances get overlooked at times.  But that’s not my point.  I’ve thought several times this week that with everything else going on in my life, this may be that one thing that pushes me too far.

Then, I have a run like yesterday.  I felt strong and conditioned to run.  In fact I ran much faster than my prescribed long run pace.  So, as I lay out my week for you please know this is not coming effortlessly.  I have good days and I have bad days, as any runner does.  As Kara Goucher says, once you get your mind set, the other things will fall into place.

My schedule this week was as follows:
Monday: easy 4
Tuesday: 8×600 with 400m recovery
Wednesday: REST
Thursday: 5 mile tempo
Friday: easy 4
Saturday: easy 6
Sunday: long 10

Monday runs are always my favorite.  This past week was no exception.  I’ve had people who have done Hanson’s tell me that once you start your SOS(something of substance) runs like the tempo and speed work, sticking to your easy/recovery pace will be no problem.  They were right.  Monday morning was nice and cool and I went out and stuck to my easy pace and enjoyed my run.  After 8 miles the day before I ENJOYED my run.  I was shocked at how great I felt.  Plus I’m loving the sunrises I get to see.

Tuesday was my 8×600.  I’ve been doing these at a pond near our house because there is a nice long stretch.  It’s the closest I can get to a track.  Our tracks are all fenced and locked.  Apparently our school’s hate runners.  Just kidding. We have amazing schools here.  Speaking of school’s.  One of our high school’s is across the street and the girls cross country coach was out walking with his class around the lake.  He stopped me and asked me about my run that day and we started talking training.  He’s run 5 marathons and said the way I am training now is the best way to train for long distance.  I hope he’s right! So fun to get to pick his brain for a bit.  I ended with 7 miles that day. 
Wednesday was my rest day! WAHOO!!! I told you these Hanson boys are making me love love love my rest days.  Lila and I took Molly for a walk. 

and I ate a huge salad for lunch…num num num
Thursday I had my 5 mile tempo run.  It went great and I ended up with 6 thanks to my warm up.  I’m supposed to be adding on 1-3(what the what?!?!) extra miles for warm up and cool down.  Typically I add 1 for a warm up because I’m horribly slow out of the gate.  But the cool down?  Who has time for an extra 2 miles?  Not this girl.  I already feel like I’m running my life away so I’m adding a half to full mile at the end(sometimes) and LOTS of foam rolling and stretching.  It’ll have to do.  That day I ran early so I could clean…and eat.  I got really hungry Thursday.
I know this is lovely.  I must love ya’ll a lot to put this picture out there for the world to see.  But, such is life with dirty boys.  Bathrooms must get cleaned. 

I got hungry

REALLY hungry…I had a free pastry at Panera ok.  Otherwise I totally would have skipped this pumpkin spice muffie….maybe.  They are AMAZING
Friday was an easy 4.  I did this on the treadmill because my husband left early for the gym.  Have I mentioned how much my body is hating the treadmill??  Ugh.  I can’t even tell you.  But,  it was easy and I got to chat with a friend while I ran so that made my day.  Moving on.
Saturday was hard.  I was supposed to get up early but had gone to bed way too late Friday night.  My awesome cousin and her hubby were in town for a visit and both the boys had baseball games that morning so I slept in.  Plus I had a splitting headache.  Stupid Texas allergies.  Anyway, after the games I knew I needed to get this run out of the way but it was warm and all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and go to sleep.  I went.  I did 3 hard miles, came back and snagged my cousin, and she did the rest with me and seriously saved that run.  
I would have quit at 3 had she not been there.  Thanks Alli!!!
That leaves Sunday.  10 miles.  AWESOME!  I needed this run ya’ll.  Mentally I struggled a bit this week.  I know I am committed to this thing but it’s a lot of running.  Some days are horrible.  Some days are great.  Yesterday was great.  I loved every second of that run and decided to soak up that feeling and enjoy it.  The weather was gorgeous and I was able to knock it out before the day started, which is always my preference.  

isn’t this amazing?? God threw some colors in the sky and set it ablaze
and last night, this happened.  Homemade chocolate chip cookies.  My long run day treat.
So that’s my week!!  I had some ups and downs but I’m so thankful I get to tell you about it.  It keeps me going some days so thank you to all who read and follow along.  Whether you are training to run your first 5k or for an ultra marathon…keep pushing forward.  I know it’s hard.  I’ve been there(well I’ve never trained for an ultra but you know what I mean).  I’ve been at the beginning where I could hardly run .25 mile and I’ve done the marathon thing.  Running is a gift.  But it can be hard and that’s ok.  Don’t let the hard days defeat you.  Keep running ya’ll.  You got this. 
How was your week in training?  Did anyone race this past weekend?  I love hearing from you so always feel free to comment.  Have a great Monday friends!!!
To check out training week #6 click here