The Road to Toledo 2021

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November 10, 2020

Nate wrote out the Hansen’s plan for me. Each week tells me what to run in order to train for a 3:40 marathon. Last fall I thought I should train for the 3:35 marathon, but did not have success in hitting my goal time for a number of reasons. This training cycle I decided to train for exactly what I want to run. I would love to see the 3:40’s since my PR for the marathon is 3:49:28. Rather than focusing on qualifying for Boston, I have decided to focus on the next level- the next small step. Boston is a long way a way. Toledo in April is my next step. Between now and the end of April, my eyes are fixed on Toledo, and how to achieve a marathon time in the 3:40’s.

December 24, 2020

I started the training plan for Toledo. I am going to make the commitment this cycle to following the Hansen’s plan as perfectly as possible. I am going to not only run the mileage as I have done before, but run the workouts as they are designed and stick to the paces that are required. I am curious to see what happens when I follow a plan exactly!

Day 1 is in the books: An easy 6.

December 28, 2020

The Beginning of week 2. Week 1 was a short one, but I followed the plan exactly. This is exactly how I will level up my running. I know that I can run an extreme amount of mileage. I have completed 2 hundred mile weeks this year, and one was done within 6 days. But, one thing I don’t always do is have the discipline to follow an exact plan. The discipline to run slow when it says run slow. I am excited for my speed work day tomorrow.

January 6, 2020

I am excited that I am a few weeks into training, and am following the Hansen’s plan exactly. It is exciting to be meeting the speed workouts and tomorrow I am looking forward to my tempo workout. I feel great about the pace that I am training at. It s comfortably hard at times and requires work, but I am very confident that I am am running at the right level. The book I am reading, The Athlete Inside, by Sue Reynolds talks about crazy goals, realistic goals and fall back goals. I am not decided on my crazy goal yet, but the pace I am training for within a few minutes of flexibility feels like a realistic goal.