NORCAL training starts Tuesday. No, I’m not really doing much. I have a minimal base. I’m eating what I want, staying up late, relaxing in the spa, visiting Harley Guy and trying to navigate a now-not-new relationship. I’m applying for jobs, waiting once again for my house to foreclose…preparing for the breadlines, with no insurance, job, home…trying to steady my boys for an apartment, for leaving our dogs…and not getting resentful in the process…working on sobriety, praying, going to 4 baseball games or practices a week, making homemade pancakes and stronger coffee.
But I’m not really running.
Because the Hanson plan, if you remember from the 2011 LAMarathon, is all encompassing. 8 milers, three days a week. Longish runs but more regular tempo runs. Six days of running.
For the next eighteen weeks.
I have my Honey Milk. I have my Honey Stingers protein bars. I have a newish pair of Mizunos. My hats and gloves are put away. Chapstick, sunscreen, and gum. Ready. Salt tabs, coconut waters, Gatorades. All stocked.
I’ve had another family mtg with the boys, asking them how they feel about training for marathon #5. They rationalize that it will be okay since I’ll be training all summer, instead of mostly through the school year.
Harley Guy has started looking up 5k and 10k races, because this plan emphasizes a LOT of those weekly in the beginning of training.
So this may well be my last week of late night. I’m psyching up for weeks of 5am wakeup calls. Of giving up Diet and all soda. Of carb loading on Friday nights.
In what appears to be laziness, I’m really preparing myself mentally and emotionally to toe the line once again on September 18. To beat my body to cross the line. To feel alive and hopeful, even when my view is limited, and my fears are noisy.
Five days to nurture and nourish. Because I can.
Links I have found helpful for this training cycle:
RunEricRun a runner’s thoughts on Hanson SOS
RunnersWorld Hanson Article no run more important than the next
Let’s Run People talking about the Hanson plan
Run Works More talk about the plan from experienced runners
Running Times Article on the Hanson Plan