Two weeks ago, I took my bestie, Linda (of http://gymnotes.org/) up on her challenge to train for my next race in a different way. The Hanson way. Since I started, I have run 59 miles. With 2 rest days. Yes, you read that right.
And you know what? My legs feel better than they have in YEARS.
For those of you not in the know, this is what makes Hanson running different. It teaches you to run your desired pace on tired legs. And believe me, your legs get tired. But without the abuse of the standard long runs weekly, it's a different kind of tired.
I'm loving this plan so far, even though I whine to Linda (and anyone else who will listen) almost daily about dreading my run on legs that are exhausted. However. I'm gaining speed AND confidence. Two things I desperately needed after my miserable NYC performance and subsequent gall bladder removal surgery.
I'm hitting (close to) the paces that I want to hit to finally do a 2:00 half marathon. My current 13.1 PR is a 2:06. Yes. I'm looking to shave 6 minutes off of my PR. And you know what? For the first time in my life, I not only think I can do this, I KNOW I can. That's part of the beauty of Hanson training is that you hit your paces on dead tired legs, and it shows you that you can do it. Two weeks in and I'm already at 8 mile runs. Next week brings my first double digit run since November. And I'm not even worried, even though I know I will be crying from the fatigue afterwords.
I will keep posting about my progress. This training is vastly different from how I have been training for the past 3 years, and it will be interesting to see how my performance is impacted... stay tuned!