Going to SF! Soooooon!

In three days, we’ll be hopping on a plane to SAN FRANCISCO! My first trip there, EVER (and surely, not my last).

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I’ve got most of our plans figured out, but am still open to suggestions on how we will spend our time out there, so please let me know if you have any MUST SEES that I have to add to our itinerary:

Thursday: late PM flight from Charlottesville to San Francisco, layover in Charlotte, arrive in SFO late, check in to our hotel in Millbrae, CA.

Friday: Do some exploring on BART, light sightseeing (pier, seals, other randomness), expo volunteering, packet pickup, dinner with fellow ambassadors.

Saturday: Change over to Hyatt Regency (host hotel). Meetups, Ghiradelli, other touristy stuff? Early bedtime!

Sunday: RACE! Check out of hotel, Walt Disney Family Museum, head back to airport.

Until then…I’ll be hydrating and planning (oh, and working, doing schoolwork and other stuff, but that’s not as fun to talk about) 😉

Have you ever been to SF?

RunLove: Connection & Community.

 

If you’re reading my blog today, you fit into one of these two categories:

 

  • You knew me before I started running.
  • You met me/started reading this blog after I started running.

See, it all started just three years ago (to this month) I fell head-over-heels for the sport of running. Before then, I was probably one of the laziest people you ever met….I complained about hiking, playing tennis, or any other active venture other than walking.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the very first post…and the subsequent posts to follow.

Yes, it is true…in three years, I went from feeling the biggest sense of pride and accomplishment for running 7-8 minutes to running my seventh full marathon in beautiful San Francisco, CA in just 10 days.

Finish line, Shamrock Marathon 2012.
Finish line, Shamrock Marathon 2012.

When I first started running, I didn’t really feel like I had a whole lot of places to go for advice. I did some Googling here and there, of course, read a few magazines…but was not nearly as connected to social media as I am now. Things like #runchat, dailymile, Facebook groups or blogs….they may have been around, but were not on my radar. At all. So, I guess you could say that the beginning of my running journey was a pretty solitary one.

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From #TinkHalf meetup, 2013.

But not anymore!

Once I got serious about my running, I decided that I needed to share it with the world. Part for personal accountability (posting my workouts on twitter/FB) and part for the social aspect, it become a habit. Along with my mileage, I started sharing race reports on my blog, participating in #runchat and more. I never intended this ‘oversharing’ to amount to anything else but to record my progress…though I discovered I was doing much more than that.

In the last few years, I have been humbled, honored and incredibly flattered to see kind words from friends – of both IRL and internet variety – that mention any sort of inspiration that I might have provided to them. My friend Meg’s simple reply to a comment I posted regarding her current 5K PR literally made my heart burst with pride:

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Did I mention I love running? And runners? Because YES, if you RUN, you are a runner! I just…I just love witnessing that moment for people. And today? This post from my dear friend Stephanie:

 

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I just…I almost cried, I was so happy to read this. Stephanie was a sweet girl I met back in 2007, when we worked at Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion. She was on her Walt Disney World College Program…so fast forward to now, she’s a busy mama, looking to be the best example she can for her adorable girls. Rock-freaking-star!!

These are the moments that define the infinite adoration I have for all things running – from lacing up, logging miles, to sharing accomplishments and just establishing that connection. So, I thought this deserved a little repeat:

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So thank YOU: for reading this, for being part of my life, for running with your heart…and for everything. It means the world to me.

Race Recap: 2013 Inaugural Nike Women Half Marathon DC

Pre race, courtesy of Ashley.
Pre race, courtesy of Ashley.

This weekend was one I had been looking forward to ever since I first hear the whisperings of an expansion of the Nike Women Marathon event to include both coasts (San Francisco and now, Washington DC). I was fortunate enough to be able to register under their ‘College Program’ which meant that I was not only allowed guaranteed entry (for the general public, it’s a lottery) but a price break as well ($125 vs. $160).

After a fabulous month of racing (April 7 – Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, April 20 – Blue Ridge Half Marathon) this was the last stop on my road map! Hubs and I headed up on Saturday to packet pickup in Georgetown.

I have to admit – this was the least magical part of the weekend:

50 min wait...yikes!
50 min wait…yikes!

First off, when we got down to the waterfront area (where the Packet Pick Up and Expotique were located) it was MOBBED. Yes, the expo started Thursday – but for those of us traveling from out of town, Saturday was really the only option. We arrived a little bit before 3 PM and were misdirected toward the expotique (mistake) which we wandered around for 5 minute before I stopped to ask a volunteer where the packets were – yup, we were definitely in the wrong place.

Once we were in the RIGHT place, I could NOT believe the line – it stretched on…and on…and on. In all, we waited about 50 minutes…but the volunteers in the tent were AWESOME, so I couldn’t be perturbed for too long 😉

After a quick pitstop at Baked and Wired, we were back on the road to Northern VA to stay with my friend Allie. We had a low key evening – her awesome parents made us a great dinner and we chatted until 10-ish so we could get up bright and early for the drive in to DC.

Pre-race setup!
Pre-race setup!

Race morning, our battle plan was this: hubs would drive us into the city, he’d find a parking spot, then we’d rendezvous with him later. I had posted my completed costume online so I think I was pretty findable 😉

Costume selfie!
Costume selfie!

I had to meet up with Anna (I had picked up her packet) and then Danielle (who I’d be running with) and that went smoothly as well. Before long, we were filing into our corrals and we lined up (D, me, Ashley and her friend Rita(?)). IT WAS SO CROWDED! It was announced that Shalane Flanagan was in the front but we were so far back we didn’t see her. Oh well! The race started and we were off on the streets of DC.

Now, I have PLENTY of friends that PR’d today (BIG CONGRATS) but D, A and I were out for one thing only: SUPER FUN. We are all at different points in race training, so it was a day to just soak it all in and enjoy. The original loose goal was 8:30s to 8:45s, but we were packed in so tightly, the first few miles clicked off closer to the 9 minute mark. Not like we were worried!

Pic courtesy Andy.
Pic courtesy D’s hubs, Andy.

We chatted about all things running, random and fun through all 13.1 miles. The course was very similar to the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, but with a few extra parts to add in that extra 5K. I know D would totally roll her eyes to hear this, but I definitely feel like the miles just clicked off in this one, especially since my Garmin was all jacked up from the tunnel and it starting about .1 miles late due to it timing out before we crossed the timing mat 😉

Final official time – 1:58:35 (apx 8:50ish pace)

A few notes on the course:

  • About halfway through the race, we stopped in real bathrooms in Hains Point. They had a line, but it was more important for us to stick together so it wasn’t a big deal.
  • I LOVED HAVING NUUN on course!
  • I also grabbed the mini Luna bars on course, but didn’t eat them, just stuffed ’em into my running short pockets. I ate one on the way back to Allie’s house afterward.
  • I DID take one Hammer gel as fuel (carried with me) and have to say: APPLE CINNAMON IS AMAZING. Thanks, Kris and Mindy for the rec.
  • There were lots of…errmm… inexperienced racers on course – read: not the best etiquette – and I definitely had elbows thrown into me, a cup of water dumped onto my foot (yay squishy shoe) but we just rolled with the punches so NBD.

Because really? This:

Tiffany blinggg.
Tiffany blinggg.

That little blue box, coupled with the memories of just running and feeling free and happy outweighed any of the other drama of the weekend. Sure, I think there’s definite room for improvement (organizationally-wise) but with it being an inaugural event, that was to be expected.

And again:

Close-up of the finisher necklace.
Close-up of the finisher necklace.

Today’s race was the PERFECT way to cap out another great month of running and racing – especially in the wake of events that have really shaken up the running community. Events like today’s showed just how strong we all can be when we stand (and RUN) together and I couldn’t be more proud to call myself a runner.

What’s been your best running memory of April 2013?

Tuesday – Tiffany Inspiration + other running thoughts

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Inspiration Board for Nike Women’s Half in DC!

I haven’t blogged a ton about it – mostly because the information about this race has been trickling in so slowly, but I am starting to get really stoked about for April 28!

I am really excited to run in this event – and since it is a mere eight days after the Blue Ridge Marathon (I am once again running the half, despite what I originally posted, lol) I am going to approach it with a fun attitude and will be running with a friend 🙂

In other running-related news, my right leg has been really bothersome since Sunday. I didn’t have any pain or anything from the race, but I think that driving around most of the day Saturday without foam rolling the night before, then hopping back on the road wasn’t the best for my poor leggies. To top it off, since my foot was asleep through the race on Sunday, I didn’t realize til later that I had gotten my FIRST blister from running. Boo!

So, I am taking a few days off to re-assess – it does make me a little nervous since San Francisco is coming up in just over two months, but I cannot risk injury. I also have decided (from analyzing some race pics from Sunday) that I don’t think the Hokas and I are a great match. I have ordered two new pairs of Brooks (the new Pure Flow 2 and a pair of Pure Connect 2 for tempos) and will run my other runs as soon as my legs feel better in my Ghost 5. Also, I will be starting back up my running journal (paper/pen) to supplement my dailymile tracking.

As I grow and mature as a runner, I continue to learn more and more about what works best for me and it’s refreshing to see that changes are not always about speed or PRs. Was I a bit disappointed I didn’t run a blazing fast time on my birthday? Yes, but did I let that ruin the rest of my training season? Definitely not. There are always more races and more opportunities to improve. 2012 was the year I bested all of my major PRs, from the 5K to the marathon…hard work gets it done and I am willing to keep giving and striving toward greatness, even if that means working through setbacks.

What lessons has running – or your sport – taught you?

Spring Running Plans…and BEYOND!

We're not in Disneyland anymore...
We’re not in Disneyland anymore…

You KNOW I had to sneak in some Disneyland photos, right? Muahah!

Anyway, this post is actually NOT about Disney, but about the other big part of my blog – RUNNING! And all the fun stuff that is happening this spring!

You can get all the deets on my RUNNING tab, but this spring is certainly looking bright – April is the month of #alltheraces, but as a tune up, I started into a new training plan TODAY for my next race, which takes place in one month:

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So, it might not be the February 24th half marathon that a lot of my other pals are running, but it’s local-ish and get this, starts at 1 PM! Wow! Should be interesting, I have never done a midday race!!

After the half, I will be transitioning into a 15-week marathon training plan for my SPRING key race…

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Yup, y’all already knew I was ambassador-ing this race, but after mulling it over, I have decided to train for the San Francisco Marathon as an A race for the spring! June 16 – it has lots of great benefits: ideal weather, lots of crowd support and beautiful surroundings…and yeah, it is challenging, but I’m running it already, so why not make it as great as I possibly can? WATCH OUT, I am coming for ya, SF! 😀

I know that I can PR – closer to the race, I will re-evaluate if a BQ time is within my grasp…and will continue to search for fall opportunities as well (see this post for more on that) so I am feeling really positive and confident. In fact, I will illustrate just how excited I am…

The sky's the limit! :D
The sky’s the limit! 😀

…you really didn’t think you could leave this post without another Disney pic, didjya? 😉

What’s your spring look like?

Wicked Good Times Ahead!

Beyond stoked at how my race schedule is filling out…some recent additions:

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The Wicked 10K on October 27 – I am so excited, hubs and I will spend the weekend at Virginia Beach – haven’t been there since the Shamrock Marathon – and this race just happens to be organized by those fine folks. More than a race, J&A Racing sure know how to put on a PARTY! Of course, I’ll be running costumed (no hints yet, although I can assure you it will involve SPARKLE).

Not registered yet, but entering the lottery and CROSSING MY FINGERS for…

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YEAH! The Nike Women’s Half Marathon is kicking off their FIRST race on the East coast and you better believe that I am STOKED at the possibility of getting in to this race. You can register now if you’re interested in fundraising with Team in Training here, which I definitely recommend (check out my experience with Team in Training here). Until 2013, the Nike Women’s marathon  had been exclusively a San Francisco thing…and speaking of which…

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I found out last night that I made it onto the team of 40 runners who will represent the 2013 San Francisco Marathon as Ambassadors! (blog post here). I knew that the announcement was coming out on October 1st, but had no idea when it would happen (with the time change and all) and so was just returning from dinner with the hubs when I received a text from my nuun-mate, Kelsey:

Woot!

Immediately, I checked my email and proceeded to do the happy-freak-out-dance crazy thing…kinda like Snoopy’s dance:

I am beyond ecstatic to take on the official role and will be sharing more information about the race and my involvement as soon as I get the details to share! Until then, I’ve started to compile a twitter list of my fellow ambassadors (subscribe here) and have started to “meet” my colleagues via social media, which is great!

So, to recap…October 27, April 28 and June 16 – save the date for awesomeness!! Hope to see y’all out there on the course!!

What’s your next big event on your calendar?

My Running Story

In the summer of 2010, I made a conscious decision to be more active; yes, it was really that vague.  Ya see, back then, I couldn’t jog for three minutes without gasping for air…then, Couch to 5K came into my life. I downloaded the app, laced up my New Balances and started at it...it definitely wasn’t easy, but after a week or two, I found that the hardest part was just taking that step.  Alternating between walking, jogging and eventually running, I could feel the difference, and even experienced that runner’s high I had heard about!  Oh, and it didn’t hurt that I lost about 20 lbs in the process! So, I finished c25k and my interest in different running ‘subjects’ expanded – to things like barefoot running, vibram five fingers and more!  I was hooked with my new active lifestyle, ran my first 5k and then started looking beyond…to yoga; Bikram to be more specific! I fell in love with Bikram so much that I set out & completed the 30 Day Challenge – I even blogged every class! Moving on (literally!) later in the year, we relocated from Orlando, Florida to Northern VA.  I found some good running trails, a new yoga studio and all that (even ran two races!) – but it wasn’t two months later that we moved again; this time, to Charlottesville! There, I trained for my first marathon (Richmond!) and then joined Team in Training to train for my second 26.2 – The Shamrock Marathon!

Now in my ninth season of running, I have completed 30 half marathons, 18 full marathons, and have buckled down on two distance challenges: qualifying for the prestigious Boston Marathon and completing the six world marathon majors (DONE: Chicago, Tokyo, London; TO GO: New York City, Berlin & Boston)

I love what the sport has done to change my life – physically AND mentally. I have met so many wonderful people, come across so many wonderful opportunities and am thankful every single day that running has become part of my life.

Here are some of my PRs:

5K – 22:28 (Lakewood Ranch Irish Celtic 5K, March 2014) – my post here.

8K – 40:25 (Busch Gardens Christmastown Dash, December 2010)

5M – 36:43 (Bill’s Beer Run, October 2013) – my post here.

10K – 48:01 (Pepsi 10K, September 2012) – my post here.

12K – 59:13 (Lake Minneola 12K, April 2014)

14K – 1:18:42 (Virginia is for Lovers 14K, February 2013) – my post here.

10 Miler – 1:19:07 (Florida 10 Series – Sarasota, December 2014)

Half-Marathon – 1:44:17 (Iron Horse Half, August 2019) – my post here.

20K – 1:41:17 (Leesburg 20K, August 2012) – my post here.

20 Miler – 3:00:16 (Stonewall Jackson 20-Miler, October 2011) – my post here.

Marathon – 3:40:20 (Celebration Marathon, January 2017) – my post here.

50K – 5:12:09 (Manasota Track Club 50K), February 2014 – my post here.

Other recaps: In 2011, I completed the Disney Coast to Coast Challenge – running the Walt Disney World 1/2 in January (read my recap here) and the Disneyland 1/2 (recap here) in September.

2012 races:

2013 Races:

The SFM, 2013.
Completing the 2013 San Francisco Marathon.

2014 Races:

2015 Races:

2016 Races:

2017 Races:

2018 Races

  • ALSO Youth Turkey Trot 5K

2019 Races

  • Walt Disney World Marathon – January 12 – my recap here.
  • Castaway Cay 5K – January 14
  • The London Marathon – April 28 – my recap here.
  • Orting Summerfest Half Marathon – August 3
  • Iron Horse Half Marathon – August 25 – my recap here.
  • Portland Half Marathon – October 6 – my recap here.

2020 Races

  • Orting Foothills Dash – March 7 – my recap here.
  • Run Super Series: Super Marathon – June 28

Happy running!

About

 

 

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All my loves in one – Abby, Cupcakes, Running and 26.2 with DONNA!

Koniichiwa! My name is Krissy. I just met you, and I love you.

Hehe, no really though, welcome to my blog. Here, you’ll find a variety of posts, on topics ranging from running, being a first-time mommy, Disney, our pup Dug and and life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

I’m a 18-time Marathoner,  a certified RRCA Running Coach, an Independent Travel Agent with Main Street Magic, LLC, an FSU SLIS program grad, WSU alumni, Disney fan (especially runDisney!), coffee lover, and certified sweet tooth. As a new mom, I enjoy blogging about finding a balance in all the fun things going on that make this life such a happy one!*

As you can tell, I love to write just as much as I love to talk. Contact me at khiguchi at gmail dot com if you want to hear more!

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Top 5 Differences between a Marathon and an Ultra-Marathon

You didn’t think that THIS could be all I had to say about my first 50K now did ya?

Yup, I’m back with some more thoughts (that keep pouring into my head) about my Ultra experience, and with a few answers of the handful of questions I have received since completing the race. So without further ado…

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5. The Organization

Now, I cannot speak for any race other than the one I did, of course, and it is a bit of an unfair comparison to stack up this one event against the 8 marathons and countless other long distance events that I have completed, but in general, it can be boiled down to one concept – less mess, less stress! With paper registration, no real race website and no email communication prior to the event, I was originally a bit taken aback – after all, I was used to the BIG events with constant updates, the ability to confirm my bib #, tracking…all that jazz. With this event. the only way I could tell if they had even received my information was seeing if my check was cashed, and then personally contacting the race director. So, although it felt confusing to me at first, it actually was as simple as could be. I didn’t find out my bib number until I arrived that morning (which I believe were assigned as to when you registered) and we got the low down on the course and aid stations 10 minutes before the race started – a “difficult” concept to grasp for a “Type A” sort of person, but deep down, a wholly simplified one. Winner: Ultras.

4. The Dirt

Literally, the dirt. I don’t like being dirty. It’s the main reason you will most likely never see me at one of those Tough Mudder, Pretty Muddy, or even themed Color Runs. Sweaty? Okay, I can handle that because it’s just part of the package here in SW Florida, but yeah, me and dirt – we don’t get along very well.

Despite my aversion to messiness, I did still enjoy the course, which included packed sand (some parts more packed than others), slightly muddy shaded, foresty areas, small pebbles and more, but did not LOVE the fact that I had to stop and shake out my shoes twice during the race – so when I take another jaunt on the trail running side, I will definitely need to procure a pair of gaiters. You know what else about that dirt?? It permeates! Seriously. I was wearing knee-high CEP Compression socks and even after removing them, my legs were totally filthy. And the insides of my shoes? Let’s just say I am glad that they were black to begin with.

Every marathon that I have ever run has been strictly road (or other cement/blacktop/not dirty type surface) and in general, I prefer that – though there will be hard-packed sand running at DONNA later this month, so I’ll have to report back on that when the time comes…but I digress. Winner: Marathons.

3. The Food

About halfway on my short drive over to the park, I realized that I had forgotten my regular race fuel, my Salted Caramel GU! As I glanced at the dashboard clock, I made the decision to just rely on course refreshments – and I am glad that I did – with three aid stations available on each loop, I was sure to stop each time for water, gatorade, Coke, M&Ms, fig newtons and even peanut-butter filled pretzels. Each time, I stopped, chatted for a bit, then headed back out. I probably took in about 600 calories altogether, and never felt dehydrated/fatigued/etc. Oh, and at the finish: turkey sandwiches! Yum!

Of course, these goodies fared well with the fact that I was definitely running an easy, comfortable pace (especially after Mile 26 – it took me an hour from then to 31 to complete, since I wanted to finish strong and ready to take on the last two weeks of Donna training) so they probably wouldn’t be quite as ideal at a 26.2 distance. Winner: it’s a tie!

2. The People

I love runners in general, and there were no unpleasant people at all at this event – which makes sense, because really, you have to kind of know what you’re getting yourself into to run 25 or 50K through a soggy park on a humid Florida day,  and there is a sort of unspoken bond in the air. Every person – runner, volunteer, young, old, veteran, newbie – had these huge, genuine smiles on their faces for the hours we were out there – and I think that really made a difference for everyone.

While there is nothing (to me) the compares to the energy and excitement of a marathon event, I have unfortunately come across a situation or two of “Grumpy Gusses” and while I do know it’s a bit unrealistic of me to think that everyone is actually having fun while running 26.2 (haha), I have to say, running 50K showed me that a little positivity goes a long way!  Winner: Ultras.

1. The Pain

In the eight full marathons I have run so far, there have been four instances of memorable pain: (1) Richmond Marathon, right after the finish – those hills leading back to the hotel darn well sent shooting pain up my legs, which continued until I got back to the room to shower (2) Shamrock – from around Miles 22-26, when I thought the balls of my feet were on fire from running the sides of uneven, banked roads (3) Three Bridges Marathon – just the worst, all around, and (4) Mile 26 of the Space Coast Marathon (drained of all energy). And yes, these are the four instances, of eight – which means quite simply, that the other four were magically pain-free marathons 😉 Hah! Okay, but really, after a few goes at 26.2, you kind of can get a feel for what kind of world of pain you might be asking for depending on your prior training, the intensity of your goal, or the weather conditions, and if you ask me, I have never felt better than I did post-SF Marathon, which was one of my worst “times” but one of the best days of my life.

So, wit my 50/50 record, I went in to this 50K with the attitude that a little pain was allowed, if necessary, but not a lot – after all, DONNA is coming up, and I had to stay “fresh” for that. So, I kept a pretty even clip through the marathon distance (hit 26.2 at 4 hours and 10 minutes) and when the sand started to feel more challenging on that last loop, I walked. Yup! I completed Miles 27 and 28 and something like a 16 minute pace (slow even for Disney) which bruised my ego for the split seconds I saw the lap pace pop up on my Garmin, but when I had that energy to hit the last .15 of the race (I did pretty good with the tangents this time, lol) and didn’t feel any soreness after the race, I was incredibly stoked.

Now, I do understand that depending on other conditions (elevation changes, terrain, etc) this could be a completely different story – but for me, the pain quotient was the least of my concerns with this race, and that was awesome. So again, this is a tie.

In this exercise, Ultras may have taken a SLIGHT edge, but believe me, this road gal is definitely not running away from marathons! In fact, today when I set out on my first run since Saturday, I felt faster, even running a similar pace, and realized that I was able to look up and forward, instead of fixing my gaze on my feet, avoiding tree roots and rocks. You see, the beautiful thing that I realized is that by adding longer, and different distances to my “running resume,” I am just discovering more of the sport I love, and the best thing is, I don’t have to choose or confine myself to one definition of a runner.

Running is awesome, and if you think so too, and are curious about trying something new out (whether that’s a new distance, a new pace goal, or anything) TRY IT! You may be surprised what you discover 🙂

What’s your favorite race distance…and why? 

Fall Marathon Training: Ready for Ignition!

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Well, kids, the moment you I have been waiting for has arrived: training for the Space Coast Marathon, my fall marathon / third official attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon starts on Monday, July 29th. My 18-week training plan will be unlike any other I have used before, and as I have alluded to over the past few weeks, looks a little something like this:

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(from my instagram)

Yup, I am going with the Hansons Marathon Method, an interesting (to say the least) plan that many people know by its most ‘controversial’ distinction of limiting weekend long runs to just 16-miles. Gone are the 18, 20, 22+ hours-long slow-paced runs…but, that doesn’t mean that those hours won’t be redistributed *ahem* elsewhere 😉

You see, the HMM subscribes to several concepts, Strategic Weekly Volume being one of the most crucial. HMM argues that most marathon training plans cater to schedule of an average runner – y’know, any of us regular non-elites that has a 9-5 job, more time on the weekends – so on and so forth. These standard plans often stack high volumes of mileage in a condensed space and therefore result in 60-75 percent of a week’s mileage in just two days. While some bodies can “take” that, I think the book says it best:

“One of the major downfalls of existing marathon training plans is that they lack balance. There tends to be a standard emphasis on the long run, with the rest of the days of the week spent recovering from that one workout. When the long run serves as the primary focus, training consistency, weekly volume, recovery and intensity are all lost. To fully reach your potential as a runner, all the physiological systems must be incorporated into training. Remember, nothing is make-or-break” (Humphrey, Hanson, Hanson, 2012).

After I read that section more than a month ago in the Barnes & Noble back in VA, something clicked for me. As I read on, and learned the reasoning behind the 16-mile run (spoiler alert: those miles can the hardest miles to run during a 26.2) I decided it was right for me at this point in my marathoning / running journey.

You see, this will be my 8th full marathon, and after a few of them, I learned a lot about myself – I know what my body can do in ideal circumstances, as well as the mental difficulties of a really rough marathon. I know how to have fun and when to just go with the flow – and you know what, things may change but this time, I’m ready to give it all I’ve got to reach my goal.

Sub 3:35...I'm coming for ya!
Sub 3:35…I’m coming for ya!

My 18-week plan (the beginner’s version) will start with low miles, then eventually move into 6 days a week, with lots of “easy” miles, a dedicated track or strength workout day, a tempo day and then, starting with Week 7, long runs that top out at 16-miles. Each run pace has been tailored to my training goals, and prior performance, and have ranges that are challenging, but attainable according to my current fitness level. Running longer distances during the week will be different than what I’m used to (i.e. 10-mile tempo runs) but I’m ready to step up to the plate and see what I’ve got!

I will be providing periodic updates on the plan, but nothing too “these were my workouts” boring 😉 I have modified two weeks due to upcoming races, but for the most part, I’m going to be as consistent as possible to the prescribed runs and workouts so I can keep myself honest and accountable.

Now, all I’ve gotta do is…GO!

Are you training for a fall marathon? What kind of plan are you following?

References

Humphrey, L., Hanson, K. & Hanson K. (2012) Hansons Marathon Method. Boulder, CO: Velo Press.