Marathon Training: Hansons Marathon Method: Advanced Program (*with minor modifications)
Week 1: 6/6/16
June 10, 2016-Official Marathon Training Start Date! I can remember that Thursday like it was yesterday. I ran 2.2 Miles (23:13 @ 10:38 pace) in the morning before work. It was field day at our school. I thought it was be a good idea to do the 40 yard dash 10+ times with my kids. It wasn’t the best idea. I somehow injured my hip, which was very painful at the time. I took the next week off to let it heal.
6/11 to 6/12- No running-Hip Injury
Week 2: 6/13/16
6/13 to 6/17-No running-Hip Injury
Week 3: 6/20/16
After taking off for a week, I was a bit skeptical about running a race that I had scheduled in my calendar. It was the NYRR (New York Road Runners) Queens 5k in Flushing Meadows. This was going to be special race. When I was little, I played tennis for the NJTL (National Junior Tennis League) and every year we would take a trip to the USTA Billie Jean Tennis Center in Queens to watch the US Open. It was usually on Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day. With this in mind, I knew I wanted to run. It would bring back just great memories.
There you have it. I was determined to run. I put on my race day outfit and was out the door on my way to the subway. As I was on the 7 train that morning, I thought to myself, “Oh no”….I could still feel a little pain. Was this a good idea? Should I turn around and go home? I always tell myself (and friends and family) to listen to your body. If you feel good…RUN. If something hurts…STOP. I decided to go for it. In the end, I’m glad I did. I ran my best 5k time ever. Amazingly enough, I didn’t feel any pain during the race. Afterwards, I knew I needed to take some more time off to truly rest and recover.
NYRR Queens 5k 3.1 miles 25:17 @ 8:09 pace)