I knew that using a different approach to marathon training would be a challenge, but I guess I'm a little surprised with myself at how I've adjusted better than expected, but far from perfect. As someone who has for their entire running career only run three (on the rare occasion four) days per week, this has been an adjustment to the say the least. There have been some new aches and pains that have crept up, but each has passed with time as it adjusts. The one lingering issue is shin splints. The last time I had shin splints was years ago...forgot how much those suckers hurt!
There have been a few struggles so far that I want to document in the hopes that in a few weeks I'll be able to look back and feel like I've been able to conquer those.
1) Sunday running - Sunday has always been a day of rest for our household. So far 3 out of my 4 Sunday runs I have moved to Mondays. The schedule kind of allows for it the first five weeks so that is all about to come to a screeching halt. Not sure what it is but I just can't make myself even like the idea of getting up on a Sunday for a run. I know they are great recovery, blah blah blah....I'll get over it eventually. I know that I will start doing the Sunday runs on Sundays, but I'm also quite certain I'll never stop whining about it.
2) Where do I fit cross-training and weights/core work into this routine?! Again, another thing that totally falls into the "it's not you it's me" category. I'm already running 5 days per week now, and that is soon about to be 6. If I have to wake up at 4:30 every morning, I'll have to drink a Spark every hour on the hour....Spark Power Hour?! Heyo! My job is super understanding of my training schedule but I don't think they'd be so understanding of a two hour nap every day. I need to find a job where I can get paid to be a mediocre marathon runner in training. Anyone hiring?
3) The most daunting part of the Hanson's Method (in my opinion) is when you take a glance at the full schedule and realize that starting in week 6 you only have one "off" day. From another perspective, it makes me feel incredibly lazy in regards to what I used to consider marathon training. Don't get me wrong, nothing about any sort of marathon training is easy but I definitely did less than most.
Let me put #3 into perspective for you.... my peak week of marathon training for San Francisco consisted of 32 miles and that was during week 17 of 24. With Hanson's, I will reach a 39 mile week by week 6 of 18. Peak week for Hanson's is week 15 where I will reach a total weekly mileage of 57 miles. That makes my head spin! While I am a long ways off from that point, if/when I get there it will be a major milestone in my running career. I never EVER would have thought I would be able to physically handle that many miles in a week. Time will tell and we'll just have to see how the rest of this story unfolds!