I bet you're asking yourself - where is the week 1 review? Yeah I've been a bad blogger lately and its been hard to keep up with the craziness still happening at work. I was asked at 4:30PM today, Friday, to check in over the weekend and put in a few hours if needed. I feel like Peter from Office Space.
Alright, enough of the tangent... For those who forget I'm running the Hanson Marathon Method for my training plan. Its in a book so its got to be good right? Just like everything you hear on the internet is true. The plan actually starts off slow and only has 2 runs during the first week. I did 3 with the extra just being an easy 2 miler to get the blood flowing and recover after running a half marathon the prior weekend. Things picked up a little more in week 2 and I deviated from the plan a little bit since my body is already adapted to higher mileage.
So I'm running the beginner training plan seeing as this is my first marathon. I didn't want to sacrifice all the gains I made in the spring by resetting and going back to easy miles again so I decided to blend elements of the advanced program in. I'm still mostly running easy miles, but I'm throwing in a little extra here and there - as long as they are slow my body gets a chance to recover from my recent race heavy schedule. I also decided to do a speedwork Tuesday because I'm a glutton for punishment and love intervals.
Overall I'm pretty happy with how week 2 went. I nearly gave up on doing a run Thursday night since I got home late from work and was exhausted, but I toughed it out and crash after. Its all about being mentally tough. That's what gets you through the long runs.