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“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

There’s more than one path to success.

Sometimes it’s a matter of running indoors for weeks or months on end to stay in shape. And it might include switching up training plans.

Long-time readers will remember I’m a big fan of the McMillian running method, and followed it with success to clock my best marathon times. Injuries, moves and life happened, though.

Now I’m rebuilding and looking to improve on the form that had me so close to a Boston qualifying time – and taking more of a long view on the process. The focus will be less on the clock and more about the process.

One of my strategies is experimenting with the Hanson Marathon Method as preparation for my races this year. There’s nothing easy about it. Like McMillan’s program, the Hanson plan also relies on Arthur Lydiard training principles.

One of the appealing aspects of an effective plan is the cumulative effect that mixes speed, tempo and long runs. No one workout is designed to be so difficult that it can’t be completed. However, it does call for 6 days of running each week, and the speed and tempo runs have lengthy segments that are difficult.

But much like John L. Parker’s legendary novel, Once a Runner, it’s the “miles of trials, trials of miles” that build fitness and set the stage for a stronger, faster runner.

This past week left me struggling to complete the speed and tempo workouts. The latter workout proved far too difficult to complete successfully. However, with the promise of running outdoors again on the horizon, I’m excited for the race season, whatever it may bring. It also will bring a chance to run with Coby, who has grown quickly and will soon join me for early morning runs outside. After all, the New York City Marathon is just 8 months away.

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