324 miles to go

Monday (4/10): 5.26 (10:44 pace )

(All the chafe issues from warm weather)

After the previous days 17 miler, I wasn’t sure how this would go. I was pleased at how well I felt. It seems crazy, but I often feel better after multiple days of running than I do running after a rest day. 

Tuesday (4/11): 8.34

 Karen, Lindsey and I headed out for an AMrun. Because we met a smidge earlier than when just Lindsey and I run, I decided to squeeze in one of my longer runs for the week since I would be  traveling. My body felt good & I felt super badass for running 8 miles before school.
Wednesday (4/12): rest

Both Karen and Lindsey were traveling for work &it was raining, so I decided to use my rest card and sleep in.

Thursday (4/13): 6.48

With both running ladies still away, and plans to see some live music later that evening, I knew I had to get my run done in the morning. Amazingly, I was up & out ready to go, mostly on time. My body was a bit off and I needed to pee twice (which accounts for the extra .20 than usual) 
Friday (4/14): 10 (10:24)

Lindsey & I met at usual time despite me having the day off. I had a ticket for a 4pm train and a 10pm flight. Running in the AM allowed to get it done & clean my house before vacation. I was shocked our pace, since lately we’ve been around 10:40s
Saturday (4/15): 6 miles (11:13)

Luckily I wasn’t able to get into my room straightaway when I arrived in Dublin, so it forced me to stay awake and sightsee. After riding the hop on/  hop off bus, I had a decent lay of the land. Once I got into my room , I got dressed and headed out for 6 miles. It was slow and uncomfortable after sad sleep on the  airplane, but I got it done and stayed up until a reasonable hour.
Sunday (4/16): 4.62

After taking advantage of the breakfast, I figured I should run/sightsee to some of the spots I drove by the previous day. I ran to stephens green, st. Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin castle, and Trinity college. I would have run for an even 5 miles, but my route brought be back & I was done.

A few accomplishments this week: a solo morning run and running while in Dublin.

Miles this week: 40.93

Total miles: 298

364 Miles to go

I am still a smidge behind in running logs. Which are 90% for me 5% for people googling Hanson’s 5% for others googling Vermont City Marathon.

In the interest in moving these posts along quickly, I am going to skip photos. It doesn’t hurt that this week my new phone took a plunge into the toliet. So most of the pictures were on my old phone while I waited for the new one to dry. ( which it did!!!!) 

Monday:(4/3) stretch/walk with Marcy

My legs felt so dead. Everything felt a bit wonky and misaligned. I laced up and brought Marcy to SUNY full intending to get some miles in, but with in the first 2 minuted I decided to call it and walk instead. I did

Tuesday:(4/4) AM 5.23 (11:08) 

I met Lindsey for some morning miles. My scale was reading up 7 pounds from the night before. (Salt, period?!) But I felt miserable. My heart and lungs did not seem to want to cooperate.  We both stuck it out and ran our 5 mile route.

Wednesday:(4/5) AM 5.24 (11:03)

Our pace was still on the slower side, but I felt loads better. The humidity was high and I thought maybe that’s why my lungs & heart were freaking out? Not entirely sure but my muscles & body definitely felt more normal.

Thursday:(4/6) AM 6.25 (watch less)

I had left my watch at school the previous day, so I had to run naked. In years past, my watch being at school would have been reason enough for me to delay a run. Aside from all the other obvious strengths I’ve gained from running this year, my decline in excuses is one I am most proud of. I ran two loops of SUNY, I am grateful for this route since it makes it easy to get it done.

Friday:(4/7) AM 6.26 (

Friday morning was another double loop. After 3 tough days, I was relieved to have steady paces that felt good. 

Saturday: (4/8) rest

I am not as young as I once was. I stayed out way too late and while I didn’t have an alcohol hangover, I did have a tired one. By the evening I got dressed and drove over to SUNY and then proceeded to sot there until I decided to leave. Not my finest moment, but I was tired and it was windy.

Sunday: (4/9) 17 (10:38)

Lindsey and I set out to knock off some miles. I am again forever grateful fpr Lindsey, who got me started on mknring running & agrees to do 10 miles when she is currently in maintence mode before her Marathon training. She ran 2 SUNY & state campus loops with me before I hurried off for one more on my own. My legs were definitely feeling it by mile 16, but I was able to squeeze out one more to put my week total over 40.

The week had stared rough, but I definitely gained momentum . it was a big confidence booster to my endurance.

Miles this week:  40

Miles total: 258

404 miles to go

After Syracuse half & recovery from my cold, I was eager to jump back into training.  The challenge this week was that Joe was in town visiting. This meant I wanted to spend as much time with him and less time running, but still maintain training as the Marathon creeps closer. I did manage to keep most of my mileage. But did take an additional rest day.

Monday(3/27) Rest

I took a guilt free day & Joe and I took a pokemon walk around the Empire State Plaza. In the evening I did 15 minutes of stretching with some abs and push ups.

Tuesday(3/28):  5 miles (10:11)
It was raining and I had zero interest in running.  In fact, I was laying in bed moaning about going running when Joe collected his running gear, when I asked what he was doing he replied “going for a run”  I let out a bunch of unkind words at him and got up and got dressed.  I took him on the lovely SUNY loop tour & Marcy dog was able to come join us too.  We were definitely running WAY too fast for my first run back after the half marathon ( this matters later in the week, i think.) but I was glad that Joe got me going.

Wednesday(3/29) 6.26 miles (10:57)

In order to get a run done and be back to get Joe that car, I had to get going early.  It wasn’t as springy of a run as the evening before, but one foot in front of the other got it done.

Thursday(3/30):  5.27 miles (10:37)

Another early start to run some miles before driving home to give Joe the car.  The downside of  living in the suburbs of a smaller city.  ( no uber and weak public transport) I was surprisingly over dressed for the 32 degree temps. I have finally acclimated to the weather.

Friday(3/31): Rest

I had wanted to get the miles in – but it was so miserable.  It rained so much. so so much.  Instead I hunkered home with Joe and we watched The Big Short.

Saturday(4/1): 7 miles (10:36):

Joe’s flights were changed due to weather out west, so I wanted to be able to take advantage of the extra time with him. Since he didn’t express much interest in running with me, I packed a bag for him to bring down to Cider Belly Donuts and I set off to run there.  It was an easy route  & I enjoyed the variation from tried and true SUNY.  After we enjoyed a donut before heading over to Ama Cocina where we ate our weight in amazing food.  Our day continued with a daytime beer at Rare Form, Tea & cards at his mothers house & eventually some ice cream from Country Drive -In for dinner.  (all fantastic food choices.)

Sunday(4/2): 10.28 miles ( 11:10)

Joe had an early flight so I was up and got moving.  I had the most painful run I’ve had in ages.  Nothing and everything hurt.  I am not injured, but everything ached.  It was slow and miserable, but I consider this a gigantic mental win, since I didn’t quit.

It was tricky fitting in running & Joe and such, so I can only imagine how people do it with families and far more responsibilities than I do.

Miles this week: 34.06

Total Miles: 218.4
**boring & no pictures it this draft has been sitting long enough!

438 Miles to Go

I am back dating some of my training logs, but since I’ve actually started using my Believe I am journal, I have a solid memory of my training.  After a stellar week of 40 miles, I got sick. It was mostly a cold, but it nearly flattened me for a few days.

Monday (3/20): Rest

Plague.  I felt awful.  I had thought that maybe I could force out a few more miles in denial about being sick. Ultimately it didn’t happen.  Later that evening I took Robitussin and ended up sleeping for nearly 16 hours.

Tuesday (3/21): Sleep -a thon


I felt terrible,  I had completely slept through my alarm.  When Lindsey called ( to actually say she wasn’t feeling great and was moving slow) I finally woke up and apologized profusely before sending a text to my school admin that I wouldn’t be in & slept for the rest of the day.  I slept for about 16 hours with a few breaks for tea and soup. By the early evening, I forced myself up and out to return a library book in hopes of starting to feel human again.

Wednesday (3/22): Rest

I still didn’t feel great, the cough was gone, but the robittiesn hangover continued. Plus my face was on a mission to drain.

Thursday (3/23): 3 miles (10:37)


Lindsey and I met at SUNY for a few miles.  We were both on the mend from being sick, so it was an easy effort pace.  I had considered going for 5 miles, but after being flattened for 3 days, I didn’t see the point in overdoing it.
Friday (3/24): 3 miles (10:34)

I made my way out for another 3 mile run. I was feeling a life time better than I was on Monday, but since I knew I wasn’t going to come near the 40 miles scheduled, I just wanted to keep my legs moving.

Saturday (3/25):  Rest

I had planned to get at least 3 more miles before heading to Syracuse, but I had a very long to do list to complete.  I had offered to drive, so my car desperately needed to be cleaned, plus Joe was going to be in town & my house needed to look a lot less frat-boy ish.  By the time I completed my item, it was time for Lindsey to head out.

Sunday (3/26): Syracuse Half Marathon ( 2:15:41)

I plan to do a proper recap of the race & weekend but it was far better weather than last year & I enjoyed the run & where I am currently at for Marathon training!

Miles this week: 19.34

Total Miles: 184.34

458 Miles to Go

My runners high from week 7 definitely carried over to week 8.  I was able to run all of my scheduled miles (& and an extra) and I continue to feel great. (aside from a pesky post nasal gunk falling into my lungs.) We had over 2 feet of snow fall here in Albany but it didn’t cause for me to miss any runs. The runners high has a bit of a snowball effect and I am determined to keep up the momentum this week.

Monday: 10k (6.25) pace: 10:42


It was cold on Monday (feels like 1) so I wore nearly everything I own. It might have been that since I didn’t wear the winter coat I wore the previous 2 days, it only felt colder… At any rate, I ran 3 miles with Lindsey and then continued for another SUNY loop on my own.  I was torn between stopping at 5 or 6 (as both were on my schedule but with all the talk of the winter storm, I decided to go for the 6 total. In the evening I took Marcy for an hour walk & I did 15 minutes of stretching and roughly 5 minutes of core work.

Tuesday: SNOW!

It snowed hard all day. I have studded snow-tires, but I had no reason to leave my house.  I rested and acquired a grand total of 2,000 steps.  I did complete my 15 minutes of stretching & a few push ups, but I had earned this rest day so I was going to damn well enjoy it.

Wednesday: AM: 10k (6.25) pace 11:30


Lindsey and I had optimistically thought that since SUNY wasn’t listed as being closed, that the sidewalks would be clear. (although most every single school was delayed 2 hours) it turns out SUNY was on spring break.  But the road was clear enough to run with yaks, so we simply ran the loop on the main road.  It wasn’t ideal since there were plows out there trying to get the campus up and running, but with very little traffic it was still the safest outdoor option. We were far slower than usual as we made our way on lightly packed snow.  That evening I did stretching and core work as I spent the evening trying to convince myself to run solo in the morning.

Thursday: PM:  5.20 miles pace: 10:14


I had tried to recruit someone to join me in the morning, but Karen wasn’t totally into the idea & Lindsey was taking the day off. I do really enjoy the morning run, but still not quite enough to make it happen on my own.  I suspect when its a touch warmer & lighter in the morning, I’ll be able to pull myself out the door.  At any rate, evening runs mean that I can run with Marcy dog.  We headed over to tried and true SUNY. Most sidewalks in the city aren’t cleared and streets are more narrow, that while suny hadn’t cleared their loop yet, the road there was still safer than anywhere else (outdoors)  I felt surprisingly good.  I had bargained with myself that if I had run at least 3 it would be enough, but sure enough I felt strong enough to get my scheduled 5.

Friday: AM 10k-ish (6.36) pace 10:57


Lindsey and I met for a double loop session at SUNY. Still no consistant sidewalks but the packed snow was gone. I cut it a bit close for work & will definitely need to start earlier as my miles increase if I want to keep up the morning running.

Saturday: Barn Loop: 12.09 Pace 11:21


In case it isn’t evident yet, I really enjoy my boring route of SUNY Albany with occasional tours of the State Employee Campus.  In San Diego I ran in 3 places ( from my apartment to Sunset Cliffs, Mission Bay Park, and Los Penasquitos Canyon)  They are all a lot more visually stunning than SUNY Albany, but I loved them for the s ame reason I love this route, because I know it. At any rate, Karen wanted to run some hills before running the Syracuse Half Marathon next weekend.  There was an ARE group run completing the Barn Loop, that I had heard of & was mildly curious about. The group was meeting the same place as my long runs start anyways, so Karen and I met there to decide.  As much as I would have preferred SUNY, I came prepared to say yes to Karen, I had brought my fuel belt, handheld water, and left Marcy dog at home.  So I agreed.  It was a nice run, definitely hilly and scenic through the semi-rural parts of Guilderland.  We took our time, walked while refueling and hustled up the hills best we could.  I’m glad I took a chance on the loop, although I’m not sure when I’ll decide to run it again.  In the evening I did remember to stretch & core work after taking 2 days off.

Sunday: 4.19 Miles Pace 10:18


I wasn’t sure what to expect on Sunday.  Since my usual routes don’t include a lot of hill climb, my legs were definitely feeling it.  I was surprised when my first mile was in the 10:30s and even more so when I finished with an average pace of 10:18 ( which is my marathon goal pace)  Because of the the added 2 miles on Saturday and random spare mileage after other runs, I was able to cut this run short by 2 miles ( was scheduled to be 6) and still finish the week with a mile over the weekly goal mileage ( 39).  I felt incredible and considered hauling out for the remaining 2, but I decided to end on a high note ( and to stop at a few pokestops in the heart of the college campus. ):


Overall it was a fantastic week.  Flying high and moving forward!

Miles this week: 40.34

Total Miles: 165