Hanson's Tempo Run
Hanson's Marathon Training Plans to train for the Houston Marathon. The main difference between this and other plans that I've used is that it tops out at 16 miles.
The Hanson's Tempo Run, like I did today, is run at marathon pace. Today I ran 8 miles close to marathon goal pace with a 2 mile warm up and cool down for a total of 12 miles. The first mile was my slowest and I missed my goal for this mile, but the run became easier the farther I ran. Of course, knowing the end is closer helps! I ate a strawberry banana GU gel at mile 6.
I started 12 weeks out from the marathon and there are 9 weeks to go. In the upcoming training weeks, I'll have to wait and see how much I trust the idea of maxing out at 16 miles instead of 20. It's kind of fun to try something new for my 13th marathon.