I am just over a month into my marathon training program, my Hansons/Hadd hybrid and so far so good. Definitely give myself a thumbs up for consistency. I am not simply "getting it in"; I'm trusting my recipe and really executing the plan. The added use of running by HR has turned out to be so good for me. That way, even the "just running" days have a "goal." Because I used the Hanson's plan last year and kept a good log, it is interesting to see some comparative statistics.
First, that old saying about how we tend to run the hard days too easy and the easy days too hard? I look back at my first month from last year and the lowest HRavg on any run was 154. This year, I am running 2 days a week at @145 a-la Hadd.
Second, for my running week last year, my HRavg was consistently at 160 during the first month. This year the weeks' HRavgs are all 155 and below. I ran a HRavg 152 week last week. But here's the sweet part: the weekly pace was lower by about 17sec/mile.
My HRmarathon (about 170ish) runs are all looking very promising so far.
Today was 12km at HRavg 159 and I was 15sec/mile faster than my marathon PR
This is all very thumbs up for me.
Thumbs down is still the weather. Had one run start at 79* this week, but temps are all in the 80s and heat index always in the low 90s.
Sorry for sharing so much, but it helps me to sort things out
RR: I visit flotrack.org sometimes to watch interviews/videos. I read the RT magazine section, in addition to hanging on the forums. I visit the Hansons website sometimes too. It's silly, but I feel like I am part of their team. In my mind, Keith and Kevin are like my coaches too.
NRR: Just finished Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck. Just a riot! Could never get it published today. Now reading "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. Can't understand how some people put her in the same class as Faulkner. "Hunter" was written when she was in her early 20s, and to me it reads that way, like a first novel. There are a few flashes, but very clumsy in some places....made me want to blush.
Bonus: Although I have seen pictures of Lady Gaga, i didn't know she was a singer until Steve made the music reference above. In my expatriate mind, she is just a blur with ParisLindseyGagaWinehouse, fair or not. So no Yea or Nay for me, more of a huh?