Here we go again – another post breaking down the Hansons Training Method!
This week I’m going to blabber about tempo runs. I’ve previously talked about tempo runs using the Running Room method, and I’ll warn you, the Hanson method is a bit different from the Running Room.
A lot of training plans (Running Room included) have you run your tempo runs at a pace that is slower than your marathon or half marathon goal pace. While speedwork is included in these training programs, you don’t really run at race pace until the day of the race.
The Hansons method has you run your tempo runs at your marathon goal pace, so quite a bit different from the other methods.
Similar to the speedwork, they include a handy calculator to determine your pace per mile for tempo runs.
Again, I’m going to stick with my 4:00-4:15 marathon pace for my tempo runs (these are actually a little quicker than my guesstimated finish times of 5:00-5:30 for the 50k).
This means my tempo runs will be completed at a pace of 9:09-9:44/mile or 5:41-6:02/km.
Looking at these paces and seeing what my average pace is for a tempo run, I’m pretty much on par with where I should be.
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