Sunday, March 04, 2012
Change of Plans
I created my own marathon training plan with 18 weeks to go. It is a combination of Runner's World Smart Coach, Hal Higdon and a couple of other articles I read. I haven't been happy with it. I keep feeling like there is so much focus on the one weekly long run that the overall mileage is underwhelming. I have been cross training so hard that I cannot hit my miles or pace for the key runs. With all this, my confidence in my plan is failing.
Ever since reading an article, Marathoning the Hansons' Way, a couple of years ago, I have been intrigued by the Hansons' Less is More Plan. The idea of running medium long runs back to back hit a chord with me. I keep looking at it and thinking "next marathon." It scares me. The idea of going into a marathon shooting for a PR with only 16 mile long runs freaks me out. Yet, I see the evidence that it does work.
This afternoon, I pulled out my copies of the Hansons Plan, Pfitz 18/55, Hal Higdon Advanced I, Smart Coach and my original plan. I laid them all out on the floor. I counted miles, analyzed paces and speed work. I worked them around to work on my weekly schedule.
Then I made a decision. I choose the Hanson's Less is More Plan. I am nervous about this. Yet, there is so much about it I like. I like the running on tired legs. I like all the marathon pace runs. I like the bits of speedwork. It took a bit of work to move the days around since I cannot run long on weekends, but I can do the long run on Monday with the moderate long on Sunday. Not perfect, but it works for me.
I remind myself that I have run 23 mile training runs before every other marathon and it hasn't gotten me where I really wanted to be--sub 4. So, why not try a new approach. This may be what works for me. It may not be. All I can do is give it all I have and trust the training! This week's super easy, brainless, treadmill miles seemed to make a difference in motivation and drive. And the body seems willing again. So, with 13 weeks until the Newport Marathon, I am ready to get moving.