Okay, so the race is over. Sorry for the delay in posting my final thoughts on the Hanson Brothers Program, but I had a death in the family a few hours after I finished the marathon so I have been otherwise occupied.
First question - did I feel adequately prepared for the marathon?
Answer - Yes, I think I did. I dont think that only runnin a maximum of 17 miles hurt me that much. Do I think it hurt me - probably a little.
Second question - What are the downfalls of the program as I see it?
Answer - I think it needs more mileage. I ran an average of about 50 miles for the last 4 months of training. I really wish I had ran closer to 60. For me, that was more about time commitment than a willingness to run or fatigue or anything like that. I just have too much other stuff going on to fit in more than about 50-5 miles a week.
Third Question - How did I do?
Answer - I was very happy with my marathon. But... I also went out too fast. I wanted to qualify for Boston, but in the back of my head kind of knew that a 7:40 pace was a lot for me. My best previous marathon was an 8:30 pace and that's a big difference. I held the pace for about 16 miles and then my feet just felt like lead. My legs - quads, calves - felt fine, but my feet felt heavy. I was still able to run pretty comfortably, but my pace dropped to 8:40ish for the rest of the race. I also didnt drink enough - stopped sweating at mile 21 so had to replenish over the next few water stops. But I was happy with it overall. My only wonder would be whether I think I could have maybe started at a 3:30 (8:00mpm) pace and held that the entire time. I think I probably could have and in retrospect would have been better off going that route.
All in all, I was happy with the program, but I think that if I do another marathon (not for at least a couple years) I'm not sure if I would skip the 20 milers, if not just for the extra mileage that it gets in. I would probably not worry about them if I could get my weekly average up over 65 miles per week.
That's all for this blog. Marathon done - now time for some rest and running cause I want to, not because it's part of a plan.