Training Re-Cap: week 6 – 12 weeks until Boston 2013

This week I started to really feel the cumulative fatigue part of the Hansons training strategy. My run today felt more like 20 than 12, which is probably about right, or I’m just tired. I’m actually not really sure.

Also this week, I am beginning to feel better about my weight. It’s trending down, and it’s also stabilizing. Two correlations can be made that I think might be interesting. 1) the weight numbers go from really variable to more stable as my training numbers do the same, and, 2) that decrease in variability also occurs right when I decided to tighten up and go back to a gluten-free diet rather than medicating.

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Yes, I just posted the actual numbers of my body weight on the internet. It’s a thing about runners; they’ll talk to you about their weight, bowels, what their last meal was, and sleep habits within 5 minutes of introduction, and they’ll probably also audibly pass gas.

I just looked at my training plan from my first marathon (Portland, OR 2010) and at this same week in training I ran 4 days and 25 miles total. No speed work, no tempo, no progression, no running buddies. All that really kept me trying was the desire since childhood to run the Boston Marathon as a qualifier (I BQ’d at Portland). I had decided that was the year to do it. I was in graduate school and figured it was the final year I’d have the time to train. (Which is hilarious, I have way LESS free time now, and spend way MORE time involved in training-related activities.)

Now I spend twice as much time running, I’ve met some amazing running friends who have become free-range friends, and I’ve learned a lot about the science of running.

This is Meredith: expert running buddy, scientist, coach, serious love affair with running.

This is Meredith: expert running buddy, scientist, coach, serious love affair with running.

A few weeks ago Jorge made a comment (right after my phone went “chirp” indicating a text message) that was something like: “ugh, I guess I need to get ready for your phone to constantly make annoying sounds now that training is starting and you and your friends will text about running constantly.”

He’s not wrong:


I hope that another year or two from now I can make the comparison between my training now and that future effort and see another huge multi-modal increase across the board.

Here’s my log:

Monday: 7hrs sleep, easy 6mi run
Tuesday: 8hrs sleep, 8mi run (4×1200), plank pedestal (this video is hand stand style, I do fore-arms FYI), MYRTL
Wednesday: 7hrs sleep, 6mi run (4×800 w/ Boston Bound), Lunge Matrix/Planks
Thursday: 7hrs sleep, REST
Friday: 6hrs sleep, 11mi run (7 @ TEMPO), lunge matrix, plank pedestal, MYRTL
Saturday: 7hrs sleep, 12mi run (w/ Boston Bound)
Sunday: poor sleep (stupid stomach), 12mi run, Lunge matrix

TOTAL: 55mi
Total work hours: 45ish
Car hours: 12ish (lucky traffic week)

How is everyone else doing? 

Is anyone doing an 18 week plan, 16, 14? Do you feel like you’ve got a good start?

Anyone doing a 12 week plan and preparing to kick off? If so, what training strategy (philosophy) are you using?


5 responses to “Training Re-Cap: week 6 – 12 weeks until Boston 2013

  1. Hi Annabelle, congrats on your training so far. Hang in there with the Hanson training. I used it for Humboldt in October and had a 10 minute PR and a HUGE BQ. I attribute a lot of the success of that race to the training, which made running the actual marathon seem like a breeze. The taper is much shorter as well, which worked for me since I did not detrain as much.

    I’ll be reading your blog with interest to see how it goes and wish you all the best on race day. So far away and yet so close!

    • Thanks! I’m so glad to see you’re still kicking around on wordpress! Yah, this training is so different for me, but I read the book in its entirety and I’m altering it only very slightly, it definitely feels more like what I always thought real training should.

      • Yep, still here 🙂 One more thing and then I will wait to hear more…don’t want to hog your blog. Make sure that your easy days are SUPER easy…learning to recover with a run is important, mentally and physically. Otherwise I just started to feel sorry for myself….”ohhh, this is so hard…..:(” I know you will do great. You are super strong!

        • Yes! I’ve been writing down my paces after easy runs to make sure I cool it and am accountable…running slow is so much harder than you’d think (especially when thinking about Boston)!


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