My marathon training plan has officially started. I’ve been going back and forth in trying to determine which marathon I would be aiming for. Originally I had said I was leaning towards the Greensboro, NC marathon on October 18th. This would have been a great marathon but I felt like I really needed a few extra weeks of training. I don’t want to rush it.

I start scanning marathon’s around me and noticed that the City of the Oaks Marathon was on November 2nd.

City of the Oaks Marathon

This gives me a little more time to train and isn’t quite as close to Chicago. It was a win win.

I finally dug through my training plan last night, staying up probably much later that I should have, and have finalized my training for the next 15 weeks leading up to the marathon.

Marathon Training

I created a spreadsheet to help organize the schedule and paces. One of the things I really love about the Hanson’s Marathon Method is the fact that it doesn’t leave any guessing room. I know exactly what pace I need be around for each run, even the easy days.

I have based all of my paces off a BQ. Based on the finishing times listed in the book the aim would be a 3:30 marathon. That would allow me to have a little “wiggle” room and hopefully help my chances of actually being able to enter the Boston Marathon should I qualify. Again, as you know from the goals I have stated I do want to qualify, but it is also my stretch goal. If I am only able to PR I will be happy with that.

Monday morning was my very first run on the plan. 6 easy miles. The book breaks down your easy runs as two different types. That is why you see two different paces listed. One is about 1 minute slower than marathon pace is the other is a little over 1:30 slower. It doesn’t specify when to do each, but more to go off feel and what you did the day previously.

6 Miles Easy

The first day since I hadn’t yet done a workout, I went for 1 minute slower than marathon pace. It was honestlyΒ hard for me to keep the pace. I had to put a lot of effort into making sure I was controlling myself throughout the run. Setting a pace for easy runs is probably a really great thing for me. It MAKES me slow down. Even when an 8:30 feels easy, it doesn’t mean I should be running that pace.

The Hanson’s method is divided into several types of runs:

  1. Easy Runs
  2. Speed Workouts
  3. Strength Workouts
  4. Tempo Runs
  5. Long Runs

They each have their own purpose and each week progressively builds on the last. I started a couple weeks in since my marathon is in 15 weeks, but thankfully since I have been doing a 10k speed plan it has helped me get in many of those early workouts already.


There is always some nervousness and doubt when beginning a new cycle of training. Do I have what it takes? Can I hit the workouts? Β Do I have enough time?

At the end of the day, I’ll never know. I do know that if I never try I will wonder always if I have it in me. It’s time to take the chance, to believe in myself and to give it all I’ve got. If I am doing it the right way and the smart way then I’m giving myself all the tools for success.

So here we go….


What plan do you follow?

When is your next race scheduled?


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