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Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 14:22

My Speed session went well today. 12x400m, all done along the river path so had to avoid people and dogs!! Our nearest track is about 30mins car drive away. 

The reps went well and it felt like I was running into the wind on every other rep( ran out for the first rep and back for the second rep and repeated). Reps ranged from 1min 37sec(6:30mm) to 1min33sec(6:13mm). I really enjoyed this session and am bang on track for a sub 3:20 finish. I just need to add the marathon pace sessions onto the programme next, let's hope my pace and target stay on track.

rest day tomorrow.

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 18:44

Happy new year one and all.

I have completed the last easy 6mile of the week, just the speed session tomorrow to go then a rest day I'm looking forward to the speed session 12x400m

Zola, yes I am on the advanced plan. I picked this one as the beginner program starts off with low mileage for the first 5 weeks. I have been doing approx 20-30miles a week for the last few months, mainly tempo run 6-8miles Monday, off road 8-10miles on Wednesday and a speed session on Fridays. The other days I go out for a few miles jog or on my road bike. 

What mileage are you doing at the moment and what type of sessions? 

I will report back my 400m splits tomorrow once I have done them, I'm hoping the weather will be on my side and that I can run the splits in the time needed, this would be a great confidence booster

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 14:55

Hi Zola,

Yes I have read the book and agree that it is nice having the correct paces written down I like the idea of shorter faster runs with the cumulative fatigue rather than the standard long run once a week approach. I'm not a fan of doing lots of 20mile runs.

Have you ran a marathon before? How many days are you currently running a week? it may be worth following the first 5 weeks of the beginner programme now (5 sessions a week) and then repeating it again When you start the program. This will build a base level for you and give you confidence

i did easy 6mile last night and have just completed an easy 8mile. The first two weeks of the programme are quite easy and a little boring as most of the sessions are at the same pace, the third week has 3 hard sessions yikes so I will enjoy these first two weeks. 

This will be my fifth marathon, last year I got injured half way through training which marathon will you be running in June?

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 10:20

Another 6mile easy run yesterday completed

I am moving the program around slightly, so will have a rest day on Saturday rather than the Wednesday so my plan will look like this:

Sat- rest


Mon- Easy

Tue- Easy

Wed- long

Thur- Easy

Fri- Speed

my marathon PB is 3:21 so I would love to get a PB of 3:20 or under. I will see how my training goes and reassess closer to the time. 

What are other peoples thoughts on the Hansons Marathon Method? Is anyone else following the plan?

Hansons Marathon Method

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 19:46

I'm training for the London Marathon in April, today was day 1 of the Hansons Marathon plan starting with an Easy 6 mile run.

Is anyone else planning on using this plan?


RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 19:59

Thanks for the advise ref the treadmill I will keep looking

Good luck Ant/ O4S and Redwood for tomorrow. 

Shildon/ Simon nice training from you this week.

Kfc- yes I'm in VLM, hoping to catch the 3:14:59 train! The 10mile runs look good

Col- you have a very good marathon time off 2 20 mile runs, did you run any further than 20 miles?

FRC- comrades omg! How many miles a week will you be covering? Do you have any rest days within your 14 day plan? Good luck and Give me a shout if you need a guinea pig for your coaching course.

Kiwi and Pink- nice runs from both of you. 

I can't believe a few of you will be in Oxford next week, I might pop down to do the park run myself 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 22:40

Barry/Pink ((( )))

Shildon- yippee first place, I only dream of running at the front of a race

Redwood- go on you know you want to sign up for a spring marathon, that's all we will be talking about soon!

Col- your Dublin training sounds very speedy. How many 20mile plus runs did you do?

Simon/ Free and anyone else who has a treadmill, what type of treadmill have you got? I'm hoping to get one for the winter months, what do you think I need to look out for? 

04S- did you take a rest day?

Carrot/ Col- hope who enjoyed your 1k reps. DD/Spoons- hill reps sound 

KFC/AA/LJ/ Ant- nice sessions from all of you. 

I think I like long runs yippeeee. I went out this morning and did just under 16miles avg 8:34 and I felt really good, hopefully it was the positive talk that I gave myself yesterday. I have been sorting out my mp again! I'm hopefully going to follow the 18/55 plan but change the long runs with a mixture from the 18/55-70 and 18/85. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 18:08

KFC- that's what running should be all about Instead of us obsessing about what pace were doing, too less/ many miles, road or off road, speed work or long run, that reminds me must sort out tomorrow's run To keep on track........

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 14:08

Freemers- I'm taking your lead on focusing on long runs at the moment, well MLR's! I find it easier to complete a speed session as I know it will be over within an hour and a bit where as I still find it hard in my mind not legs to run for 2.5hrs plus! However once I start a marathon programme because the plan says run a 20mile run my mind can comprehended this.

Chick- is your back any better after your latest injections? Enjoy Poland.

Carrot- well done on your club handicap.

Ant- don't be so hard on yourself, I'm sure the jet lag and 20 miler affected your performance.

Iccle J- how is your November project going? Are you doing it by yourself or with others?

Col- well done in Dublin 10 mile quality runs seem the way to go( off to amend my plan AGAIN!)

welcome back Pink Lady and Barry. 

Minni- hope your groin/hip pain gets sorted ASAP, who said running was good for us???;-) 

KFC- hope you enjoyed your long run today.

2old- A week off??? I bet you will still cross train somehow

Shildon- hope you had fun at the parkrun today. Good luck and hope you get the London place.

O4S- good luck at the x country race tomorrow.

This week I have ran 2 long runs, 12 miles off road and 15 mile road run plus a 6 mile naked run avg 8:44mm, plus 2x 3hr walking up the hills and I don't feel guilty about now fitting in a speed session

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 22:01

Minni- nice 18m run, when you run in the hills do you run by miles or time on feet?

Shildon- very fast park run, what is your PB?

2old- you put me to shame on your weekly mileage.

Daren- that must be so frustrating, do you take on gels/ energy drinks prior to a race that you don't do on a training run?

Chick-nice long run, that will be a medium run in distance when marathon training starts! ( anything over 10miles scares me)

KFC- another great park run time.

DD- I'm taking it that you love the English weather;-)

X country yesterday was good. I was First Lady home for our club, only because 2 faster ladies didn't turn up! The ground was quite soggy in parts, very windy and 2 lap undulating course with a stream crossing. I was aware that other club mates were behind me but was hoping if I'm tired then hopefully they are. On the last 600meters I started to do strides for about 8 secs ease off then stride again, I overtook a few doing this. my time was 29:13 for 4 miles, 42nd, 9th v40.


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