Marathon training for the Marine Corps Marathon is right around the corner! And by that I mean it starts tomorrow. Eeek!
The 39th Marine Corps Marathon will take place on October 26, and it will be my second full marathon. This year they utilized a lottery system, but I chose to go the guaranteed entry route which ended up being just as stressful. By gaining entry into, and completing the Marine Corps 17.75K I punched my ticket to MCM 2014.
And now the time has come to train. For marathon #2 I have decided to put all of my eggs in the Hansons Marathon basket. In case you’re not familiar, the Hasons Marathon Method is a somewhat unconventional approach to training for a marathon. They place a focus on high mileage made up of about 50% easy running, lower mileage long runs (max. of 16 miles), and an all together well-rounded program. The prescribed paces for each type of run are all based on your marathon goal time.
Based on my running experience, my previous full marathon, and my lack of experience in high-mileage running, I have decided to go with the beginner training program. Don’t be fooled by the word beginner, though. This training program will have me running six days per week, starting with a weekly total of 15 miles and building to the upper 50’s. As I go through the training program, I plan to discuss different aspects of it in more detail, and the philosophy behind it all. Essentially I’ll try to explain why I joined the Hansons train and why the program is the way it is. That is, if I survive.
What are you looking forward to this fall?
Have you taken any leaps of faith lately?
Any previous Hansons devotees? What do I need to know??