As mentioned in this post, I’m attempting to get my own BQ.  I am excited to be training using again the Hansons Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles.  I purchased a new Hansons Method Marathon Plan and now will be running 5 days (instead of 6) a week. 

Week #18, July 24-30

M Ran 3.01 Miles
T Did not run
W OFF
TH Did not run
F OFF
S Did not run
S Ran 4.02 Miles

Still in Alaska.   I’ve created a page specifically for this trip.

On Monday we did a 4 Mile “Amazing Race” in Skagway.  We got a map and a list of places to find.  Each was worth 1 point and a few others 2,3 and 5 points.


Meghan and I got 13 points.  We did not win but definitely had fun.

I went kayaking (first and probably last time).  It was fun for about 15 minutes.  Then I got tired.   I will admit that I was terrified of the kayak tipping over.


Our last run was in Ketchikan where we did a 5k.  There was an option for a 10k too.

Meghann and I did an excursion in Ketchikan where we saw a bunch of totem poles. Pretty cool.

The ship arrived in Vancouver on Friday morning and we stayed an extra day to tour the city.


Ever been kayaking?  If so, will you do it again?

Total mileage for the week: 7.03 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  438.15 miles
Total mileage for the year: 486.34 miles

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.  This week’s host is Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner.  Please stop by her blog and show her some love!   I am also linking up with Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!

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15 comments on “Road to BQ Week #18”

  1. What cool adventures. I have gone kayaking and would do it again. The only time I worried about tipping was getting in/out. How fun to do that race!

    • You are brave! I don’t think I would go again. Every time I was padding I thought about the kayak tipping over.

    • I agree that it is fun to try new things. I was scared to go kayaking but I did it. Done and done. 🙂

  2. The Gold Rush race sounds fun! You know I kayak all the time but it is in very calm waters. It’s really hard to flip a kayak once you’re in it. I have flipped trying to get out though. The only bad experience I’ve had kayaking was in Key West …the water was quite choppy and I actually got seasick. 🙁

    • The water was actually calm. I think I made it feel worse for me because I was nervous. At least now I know what to expect and do. Maybe I’ll try it again.

  3. I’ve really enjoyed following your trip on Instagram. Alaska will be my last state (just visiting, not running) and I’ve been getting ideas. 😉
    I have kayaked a few times. I know what you mean about feeling like you’ll tip over. I swear it goes away the more you do it. Also, calm water (small lake, no motorized boats) is the best place to get comfortable in a kayak!

    • In that case then you have to go on this cruise. You don’t necessarily have to do the running cruise but as a non-runner passenger. Did that make sense?

      Hmm, maybe I’ll try this whole kayak thing another chance since now I know what to expect and do. 🙂

  4. Great pictures! Going kayaking is on my list of things to do! They have a rental place downtown where you can take the kayaks to the point in Pittsburgh.

    I’ve also just learned that the Hanson’s plan comes with a strength training program. Are you doing that in addition to your running?

    • Thank you. Well, to be honest with you, we took our time. Once we were done we didn’t check in with John nor Jenny and just went straight to the ship. So I guess it was an “unofficial” 13 points?

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