Week 2 Marathon Training: Finding Pace

Top: Miles To Run, Bottom: Miles Ran

The second week has finished up with more ease than the first week. My legs are fully healed up so running didn’t feel like a challenge. In fact, the biggest challenge has probably been the weather. We had an abnormally warm winter this year, making snow and ice not a problem. However, with the temperature touching near zero, and the wind bringing it down 10 more degrees, jogging has been quite the cold experience.

The fortunate thing about running is how the body ends up feeling like a furnace half way through the run. By the time I reached my end point, my hands felt frozen, but my entire body felt hot and sweaty. I feel like this weather played an effect on my pace. I had noticed that I would pick up the pace the first few miles just so I can warm up.

The Hanson’s Method wants a runner to run easy days two minutes per mile slower than the desired marathon pace. This is primarily to avoid fatigue so a runner is able to do the Tempo and SOS workouts effectively. Since the first few weeks are easy run days, a runner can determine what pace they should be going at. I had found that, while I started out running the recommended pace at first, I am running either my marathon pace or one minute per mile faster than needed.

I feel the best decision for me to avoid running too fast is to feel the day for the appropriate gear. The days I had reached my desired pace were days were I had felt the most adequately dressed for the weather. Many of my runs had been on days where I would be traveling outside a lot. While I do bring clothes prepared for extended times in cold conditions, I fail to bring gear suitable for running. A set of clothes for every day should be different than the clothes intended for marathon running.

Next week is week three so I’ll be transitioning to doing more mileage. For those who are tuning in for my dissection of the Hanson’s Method, expect chapter 2 to come 2-3 weeks from now. I am preparing myself for an upcoming competition this month so I had not had time to summarize the book. Until then, remember to remain dedicated and train hard.

The Start of The List

I never liked using the words “Resolutions” or “Goals” when describing things I want to get done for the year. Using these words makes me feel that there is no obligation to actually do them rather they’re just things that I’ll like to get done. Unsurprisingly, by the end of the year I don’t accomplish all of the things on my list.

So this year, I’m going to start calling the things on my 2015 To-Do list “Challenges”. I always love a good challenge. When there’s a difficult obstacle in my way I get a joy from training hard and pushing beyond my limits to accomplish them. I have compiled a list of stuff of 25 things I absolutely must complete by the end of this year.

2015 Challenges

  1. Compliment a different person every day ACCOMPLISHED(12/31/2015)
  2. Get my driver’s license ACCOMPLISHED(5/29/2015)
  3. Complete all 2015 moves for Parkour/Freerunning [Different list]
  4. Be lifeguard certified ACCOMPLISHED (8/7/2015)
  5. Run the Minneapolis Marathon ACCOMPLISHED(5/31/2015)
  6. Finish the A+ certification book
  7. Actively participate in a medallion hunt ACCOMPLISHED(6/25/2015)
  8. Hike Eagle Mountain ACCOMPLISHED(8/15/2015)
  9. Attend first Parkour jam
  10. Craft and shoot stone head arrows
  11. Release a Parkour video
  12. 12 Hours of Parkour in a day ACCOMPLISHED (9/4/2015)
  13. Win a TShirt at the US Marines pull up bar Challenge FAILED
  14. Start a fire with a firebow
  15. Star Wars all nighter ACCOMPLISHED(7/11/2015)
  16. Go to a shooting range
  17. Finish a Rugged Maniac  ACCOMPLISHED(9/12/2015)
  18. Make special gift for someone
  19. Meditate twice a week  ACCOMPLISHED( 12/31/2015)
  20. Earn Gold Medal in Presidents Challenge
  21. Pass all Parkour levels test
  22. Get a new job ACCOMPLISHED! (3/19/2015)
  23. Make a portfolio webpage (9/14/2015)
  24. Practice Martial Arts twice a week ACCOMPLISHED(12/30/2015)
  25. Do something Halloween related every day of ACCOMPLISHED(10/31/2015)

With an addition to my challenge list, I have created another list of stuff I would like to complete, but are not a priority.

I’m looking forward to crossing these things off my list.

If you are reading this, comment something that you feel you must absolutely accomplish by the end of this year. I would love to know what your challenges for this year are and what you’re planning on doing to complete them.