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. These plans are 18 weeks and have you running 6 days (easy, speed/strength, tempo, and long runs) a week with one rest day.  I am not sure when I will qualify but am determined to get there.

Week #7, May 8-14

M Ran 4.02 Miles
T Ran 7.02 Miles (8 x 600)
TH Ran 7.02 Miles
F Ran 4.02 Miles
S Ran 6.02 Miles
S Ran 10.02 Miles

Monday run was faster than I was supposed to.  My easy runs are supposed to be between 12:57-13:57. As you can see below, each mile was completed under 12 minutes.

Tuesday was at the track for 8×600 with 1 mile warmup and cool down and 400m recovery after each 400.  Total was 7.02 miles.  It wasn’t easy.  Goal for each interval was between 3:45-3:54.  A few were done faster which I am surprised but at the same time happy about it.

Thursday’s tempo run did not go as I wanted to but it was better than last week.  I actually did run the 5 tempo miles but unfortunately slower than tempo pace (11:27).  I was frustrated because at one point not only was I able to run that pace (and felt comfortable) but last year during marathon training I was running tempo miles in the 9s.  

Beautiful flowers at the turnaround point.

Friday’s run was 4 miles at an easy pace.  I was tired.  It was nice and sunny but still windy which I did not like.

Saturday’s run was hot.  I waited till about 10 and underestimated how hot it was going to be.  I did not wear a hat and did not take any water.  Big mistake.  I was very thirsty and stopped at a gym to get some water.  I wore a new Oiselle top that pretty much kept me dry. <<See picture below – only two wet spots in the boob area.

How can I get up when Lola wants to cuddle?

Sunday’s run was my longest – 10 miles @11:57-13:27 pace.  I did hit those paces (slowest was 13:07 and fastest was 11:30).  I have a race (10 miles) in two weeks and it is making me wonder how I can run the miles at a faster pace.  I know I probably won’t PR (1:41:56) but I would like to finish under 2 hours.

Total mileage for the week: 38.12 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  157.89 miles
Total mileage for the year: 206.08 miles

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the AMAZING MOMS out there!  You are seriously all beautiful!!

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap and Courtney for her Training Recap Link Up!

Hoping everyone had a good week!


20 Comments on Road to BQ Week #7

  1. Great job on your training this past week! Super impressed that you run 6 days a week! I have a hard enough time fitting in 3-4 days of running.

    I always find that it’s harder to run slower than faster, lol. This is why I never hit any of my “easy pace” runs, but I know this is something I have to change when I start marathon training next month.

    Super cute Oiselle top! I need to visit their website more for cute workout gear 🙂

    • Thanks! I agree with the easy paces. I struggle every single time. I sent you an email with a code to use for $20 if you decide to buy an Oiselle gear.

  2. From what I’ve heard, Hansons is tough — but effective. Just make sure you listen to your body and take a break if you need to.

    • Thanks! It is tough. I used it last year for marathon training as well and got used to running 6 days a week. However, I am incorporating more stretching and foam rolling for this cycle.

  3. Wow great week. I can’t imagine running that much but I know it works for some. I got out a couple of hours before you did on Saturday and I still struggled with heat at the end. II think the bright sun wore on me.

  4. Well done on your runs! The track workout sounds intense! Good luck on your upcoming race!

    • Thanks! I am hanging in there. As much as I moan and complain about my runs, I know it won’t be easy and a BQ won’t happen overnight. I keep reminding myself of how bad I want it.

  5. You’ve got this, lady! Really really solid week even with the heat and such. I pretty much wear a visor on all my longer summer runs – otherwise I get too hot. You are starting off this training cycle SO strong! Proud of you!

  6. You had a nice week of training with a lot of miles too! Nice splits on the interval training. I waited until later for one of my weekend runs and — OH MY. It’s already too hot down here to do that. Are you running Utah Valley? Thanks for linking, Zenaida!

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