NO, not these guys .....
And definitely NO, not these guys .....
Ok, YES, these Hanson Brothers are the subject of this post, piquing my interest over the past few weeks, and have me thinking about fall marathon training.
As many of you know, I have been a loyal Hal Higdon apostle since I began training for this distance almost three years ago. I have improved upon PRs, have remained injury-free and have been able to complete all plans with no more than a single missed workout in any 18 week period. But I also know that I really only have a handful of years left (I estimate possibly 5) to test just how low I can go on a marathon PR (I dream of a 3:19:59). So if I am ever going to push through a hard cycle, now is the time.
On the other hand, I need to think through this carefully. Am I risking injury? Will I be fatigued on race day? Will a 6 day plan lead to more misses than my current 5 day plans? Am I talking myself out of it before I even try? On and on, the uncertainties balance out the anticipated possibilities. When I consider that only 3 years ago I was highly doubtful that I could consistently run 30 to 40+ mile weeks, I look at the Hanson weeks of 50 to 60+ and think it could be similar. I also know that speed work, tempo and easy runs, previously ignored for the sake of day-after-day pace runs, are proven to improve performance. What's not to like? Maybe the fact that the longest run throughout the plan is 16 miles, and that makes me very nervous. (Plus, I really enjoy longer runs).
So, what to do? First, any advice, feedback or general thoughts out there would be greatly appreciated. I will begin training the week of July 8th for the November 9th Savannah Rock-n-Roll Marathon. I have a little time to get mentally prepared, but not much. Thanks in advance for your comments.
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