Hanson’s/NYC Marathon Training: Week 7

Whoof, Hanson’s fatigue has officially set it in. Plus, I think my husband’s travels have had a good part in me feeling like I’m dragging sand bags…

Marathon Goal– 3:50
Marathon Pace/Tempo Runs– 8:45
Easy Runs–9:40-10:40
Long Runs–9:29

Monday, August 15th–Easy 5 miles, 10:13 avg

I’ve been working really hard on making my easy runs even easier. I’ve usually been closer to the 10 minute range and I really want them more in the 10:20-30 range. I’m getting there.

Tuesday, August 16th–1 mile WU, Ladder: 400, 800, 1200, 800, 400 @7:30 pace (w/400R), 1 mile CD

I met up with my run club and luckily, I had my buddy (the amazing pacer from last time) and another friend agree to do this workout with me.

We nailed it.

Goal pace for each was 7:30 and here’s how it went:


I wore new these new super cute shorts I had been coveting, and I think they had a lot to do with it 😀

My "I swear I'm not posing" pose. Shorts: Senita Athletics

My “I swear I’m not posing” pose. Shorts: Senita Athletics

I did modify this workout. The Ladder is not in the Beginner Program; for Week 7 it had 8×600 and I had already done that a couple of weeks ago. I really wanted to to do this workout but was worried about over-doing it so I eliminated the 1600 after the 1200–there would’ve been another 1200 after the mile too. But it’s all good. I thought it was still a good, productive run. I’m keeping the speed work  for the Advanced for the next three weeks as I don’t want to repeat and I kinda really want to do the 3x1600s it has (who says that, right?).

Oh, and that night, we went to see Adele!! She was amazing.


All cleaned up!

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Clever sign on our way to the concert, lol

Mom, Adele's face, and Me :D

Mom, Adele’s face, and Me 😀

Wednesday, August 17th–Glorious Rest Day 

So much rest.

Thursday, August 18th–1 mile WU, 5 Tempo miles, .5 miles CD

My route shortchanged me a little on the cool down but the important thing was getting in the tempo miles. The goal pace was 8:45 and I’m still trying to get closer to that range but it was close enough.

  1. 8:30
  2. 8:34
  3. 8:43
  4. 8:32
  5. 8:34

Friday, August 19th–5 Easy Hill Miles, 9:57 avg

I didn’t do so well on getting to my easy range with these miles but it was a good run nonetheless.

5 smiles :D

5 smiles 😀

Saturday, August 20th–6 Easy Miles, 10:23 avg

Much better getting these in my easier range. I did 3 with my Moms Run This Town group and 3 solo.

Sunday, August 21st–8 Long Run Miles, 9:30 avg

This was supposed to be a 10 miler but I couldn’t muster up the desire since I was on the treadmill and it was late in the evening. And I wanted to make it back home for kids’ bedtime. #excuses

8 miles, didn't die.

8 miles, didn’t die.

It was a good 36.14 mile week. I feel a lot better about the lesser mileage (plus, this is still a lot to me). I did start to feel the niggle on my shin a bit towards the end of the week but it wasn’t constant like it’d been before. I’ll be keeping an eye on it and making changes throughout the week if need be.

On to Week 8!

–How was your running week?

–Do cute shorts make you run faster? Some guys chimed in on my Instagram how unfair it is that girls have such cute running clothes, lol!

–Are you an Adele fan?

–When was your last treadmill run? Is it death for you to run on the ‘mill? I don’t mind it but draw the line at 10 miles. 


18 responses

  1. This makes me feel better about my easy run pace. I feel like it’s so slow, but it’s usually in the same range that you mentioned and my goal marathon time is about 20 minutes slower than yours. Maybe I should work on slowing those runs down instead of speeding them up!

  2. I find it so hard to get on the treadmill, especially at this time of year! But when I was marathon training last winter I once did a half-marathon on the treadmill. I binge watched Netflix. It was OK! Got it all done during my two year old’s nap.

    • I only do treadmill if all else fails, lol!!! If I had one at home though, I think I’d use a lot more, I think. Running can be obsessive and if it was right there, I’d be doing it all the time. Ja!

  3. I love Adele! Like, hello!!!! Ha ha ha. Okay so I’m really happy for you that your shin is alright. You got some great runs in, and I have no doubt you’re going to be just fine. Are you icing your shin? That’ll help!

  4. I LOOOOVE Adele! Her voice is unbelievable and I belt along (off key) every time she comes on the radio. 🙂 My last treadmill run was about 2 hours ago – HA! Sometimes every minute seems like 10, but in general I’m used to it by now. Running at night though is SO hard for me. I’m usually in pajamas by 7pm! I’m so happy to hear that your shin is much better. Great week, Helly!

  5. Solid week, I would of cut the treadmill run short too.

    My week was bomb, ramping up for my next event at the end of the year. Soooo excited .

    I CANNOT run on the treadmill. Maybe I’m just not mentally tough, but in avoid at all costs.

  6. Reading your post makes me really miss marathon training. Your training sounds like it’s going really well. I don’t mind the treadmill at all. I trained for my last marathon almost exclusively on treadmill, with my longest an 18 mile run. I guess I’m the only one who likes it. But then I don’t live in a nice cool place with beautiful trees or other such things that would tempt me to get off of the treadmill. Just alligators and humidity down here.

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