kjay wrote:Yes. I'm using Hal Higdon. I will look into the Hanson as well. Thanks!
It's something to do with the infamous 20 mile run. In the 1970s marathoners were a strange lot - they'd run really fast marathons for just a mug of water - and they could do their 20 mile long training run in around two-and-a-half hours.
But everyone focussed on the 20 mile run and thought that was the distance needed to train for to be able to run 26.2 miles, and this thinking went on for years, without anyone thinking about the two-and-a-half hours they ran it in; so fatties like myself would build upto 20 miles and I'd do mine in about three-and-a-half hours to four hours.
However, science has shown that long runs of longer than two-and-a-half hours don't really do anything for our bodies apart from fatigue them, leaving us tired for subsequent training sessions and increasing our risk of injury. There might be a psychological benefit, but this may possibly outweigh the negatives.
So the Hanson method operates around long runs of no longer than two-and-a-half hours, followed by a shorter run the following day, so that we get used to running on tired legs. Mrs Tosh got a huge personal best following the Hanson program, as opposed to when she used a Hal Higdon one. She's ran about twenty marathons too.
I'm not very good at following programs!
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