Week 2: Hanson’s Marathon Program

Week 2 looked a lot like Week 1 but with absolutely no photos of anything running related oops! There wasn’t much different about this from the week before but I didn’t fit in any strength training. I was bombarded with tests during this week so was happy with just getting all of my runs in! I am definitely enjoying this base building phase easing me into running more than 2-3 days a week without having to stress out about speed workouts!

Monday — Easy 4 miles

Tuesday — Easy 5 miles with one of my favorite running buddies! Love running with friends, it makes the miles fly by!

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Wednesday — off! Took Wednesday off instead of Tuesday off since I went to Carrie Underwood Tuesday night.

Thursday — 4 easy treadmill miles

Friday — Easy 5 miles with one of my favorite running friends!

Saturday — Easy 7 miles pushing Mackenzie in the Bob and with Mom! Hopefully this was the last hot humid run of the summer!!!

Sunday — Off

This week is going well so far too! Even with my late (for me) nights of studying, I’ve still managed to get my runs in.  Unfortunately for you readers I don’t have anything else exciting to add, just boring base building. I’ll try to do better in my week 3 recap.

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Week 1: Hanson’s Marathon Training

Well week 1 of marathon training is in the books! I officially started my 18 week training program for the Houston Marathon in January (side note: how nuts is it that in 18 weeks it will be January?!). I am following the beginner program from the Hansons Marathon Method Book. The advanced seemed to start too quickly and just have too much mileage over the entire 18 weeks, I just felt like I would be asking to fail. I like how the beginners program kind of eases you into running 6 days a week and bumping up the mileage. I tweaked the first few weeks a bit since I have been running a little bit and I wanted to start the first week with a whole week of running. Here is what the week looked like running wise!

Monday – 4 miles easy — it was a WONDERFUL morning to run, it was in the 60s which felt amazing. Nothing to note in particular about this run besides the weather.

Tuesday — Off day! It was funny to have an off day 2 days in but for the majority of the program Tuesdays will be my off day so I went with it.

Wednesday — 4 miles easy. Hot. Humid. Texas when is fall coming?!?! I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon.

Thursday — more of the same. 4 miles easy. Sadly, my legs felt a little tired on this run probably because I haven’t been running that many days a week lately.

Friday — 3 miles easy — another hot and humid morning waaaaaaaaa. Seriously summer has lasted long enough. I followed this up with a strength session in the afternoon as well.

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Saturday – Tour Des Fleurs 10K with mom and pushing the little one — all 3 generations running together! This was seriously a HOT and HUMID morning, I’m not sure that it has been that hot/humid/lack of wind all summer. My mom and I ran this together (and Mackenzie in the bob) and were definitely happy that we were not racing this. We started a little too far back so had to do some weaving and off-roading to get up to where we were running at our pace.

Sunday — Off day from running. I spent nearly the entire day studying for the 3 tests I have this week but managed to fit in a little over 20 minutes of JasYoga just before going to bed. Better than nothing right?! I like how she has short yoga sessions designed for runners available to stream.

How was your week of training??

Is it fall yet where you are? — I seriously cannot WAIT for real fall weather to be here.

Back to School (and Marathon Training)

Hello Readers –

I know it has been awhile! I have been busy finishing up my pre-requisite classes, traveling, preparing for grad school to start and soaking up the last bits of summer with my little lady! Lately I have been searching Google for blogs about becoming a Registered Dietitian and for following the Hanson’s Marathon training program. I was able to find a couple but figured it may be helpful for some other ladies if I record my experience with both!

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Getting in weekend runs with Mackenzie – how cute are her running shorts?!

I will start my clinical nutrition program at UTSW at the end of August and I am going to use the Hanson’s Marathon program to train for the Houston Marathon in January, so that will start in September!

To get into the Masters of Clinical Nutrition program at UTSW, I had to take A LOT of pre-requisite classes. I majored in Marketing for my undergrad so unfortunately did not have very many science classes under my belt which was mostly what was needed for admittance. I decided in June of 2014 that I wanted to begin the path to become a Registered Dietitian and over the last 2 years I took, biology, chemistry, biology 2, chemistry 2, nutrition, anatomy & physiology 1 & 2, microbiology, organic chemistry, genetics and biochemistry. Nearly all of these classes had a lab to go along with them as well! Fortunately, I found most of these classes interesting and can definitely see how they will relate to classes I will be taking in grad school. However, science is definitely something that doesn’t come naturally to me, so lots and lots of studying was required to get through these classes! During this time, I also had to take the GRE, I also took a class for this as well and would highly recommend taking a class to anyone who has to take a test like this.

The program I was accepted into will start towards the end of August of 2016 and I will finish in August of 2018 — this will include having classes over the summers. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to go back to school to study something I am passionate about. I have so much support for my husband and both of our families to keep working towards my goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian — I am one lucky lady.

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Soaking up the last weeks of summer with my fav girl!

I am so excited for this next chapter to start in a few weeks but I’m definitely soaking up these last couple weeks of freedom to sleep in (as much as you can with a 14 month old), going to 8:30 am workout classes, lounging around during nap time and watching trash tv (Hello Real Housewives of Orange County) and of course spending as much time with Baby M (and Jim) as possible!

Once marathon training starts I will start posting weekly or biweekly posts about my experience with the Hanson’s Marathon Training Program!

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Hansons Marathon Method – I have been reading this book to get inspired for Marathon Training!

 

A post about our trip to the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR is already scheduled to post on Monday!

Have any of you ever followed the Hanson’s Marathon Program?

Have you ever gone back to school later in life?