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July 27, 2018

Superfan the Han

jess barnard oiselle

Oh hello there!

Don’t mind me, I went off the grid a bit busy doing all the boring stuff like PT and recovery, and running for ten minutes, then twenty minutes, then thirty, and now back to the full load –I saved you from reading a training journal that talk about which part of my glute a lacrosse ball terrorized for the day. 

So here I am two weeks into my “official” marathon training! Which was a little bit of a later start than I had hoped for but I keep telling myself “it’s cool. It’s all good. Don’t panic” But then sometimes I want to panic because it’s not like I know what I’m doing when it comes to marathon training.

That’s where I insert Allie Kieffer. You see Allie already had this nicely timed Fall Marathon Coaching plan(10/10 recommend if you’re looking for a marathon coach) and having someone else write my training plan takes away my second guessing and wondering if I’m doing things right. Instead I just trust my coach, do the work, then communicate how it went. It’s a nice little cycle that keeps me honest with myself and helps Allie plan my future workouts. 

Here are some quick facts to recap my first two weeks of training:

High and Low of the week:


High: I was surprised how well I maintained fitness even with a few down weeks/time off. My first Fartleks back I was still able to maintain 6:10-5:50 pretty comfortably. My college coach used to always use the term “permafit” to describe how after solid years of running consistently you get in this state where you can bounce back from time off much quicker than expected. My first workout made me feel “permafit” so that has to be a good sign. 


Low: I had a long progression run and as you can see from my attempt to plan it on the page below – I really didn’t know what to expect in terms of how far I could progress. Naturally, I didn’t go with the conservative estimate and was spent towards the end. Rookie mistake, this one made me feel less “permafit”

Post workout meal of choice:

PCC breakfast sandwich is life. Makes me feel reborn after a hard effort.

Spice of Life:

To all the women at Birdcamp who recommended acupuncture for my IT band, big thanks! Been doing it once a week and it has really helped alleviate the pain along with some dedicated PT time. 

Other than that, it’s business as usual and hopefully I’ll be back in a few weeks with progress made!

Have any questions or comments? Feel free to reach out in the comments below!

Here at Oiselle, we love to celebrate goals in our community. So, over the next few months we are going to follow our incredible Marketing Associate Hannah as she trains for her big scary goal: her very first ever marathon! Han has decided on the California International Marathon (CIM) and the fun starts NOW as she begins her first training cycle. Join us on this journey and SUPERFAN THE HAN! We'll be updating you monthly, so stay tuned! 

Q + A’s with the Speedster:


Long run or speed session?

Long runs are basically a weekly one day pilgrimage and what’s cooler than that? 

Ideal #flystyle for race day? 

Portman Shorts, Stance Socks (crew length), Hi-Ten Bra, and Slate Singlet – I got that down to a science but there are some items coming in the near future that may be contenders for a race day spot. Also, I think I’ll run in a crop for the first time at CIM because big race means little clothing, everybody knows that.

What are you most excited about for the training process? 

Oh man I can’t wait to find out how badass I actually am! Haha, but seriously, I remember when I first started running in college and I was like there’s no way I can run “x” distance or “x” pace and with each year I incrementally push myself past the limits I set for myself. It’s like a giant adventure to find out what I’m capable of. 

What is your training plan going to look like?

Very generally speaking - hard! To be slightly more specific - my weekly schedule will be a variation of the following: one long run (could be a workout or a steady run depending on the week), one tempo or fartlek, one speed day, and some easy days and doubles sprinkled in. My peak mileage will be 85 because I’m a rookie who works full time. 

What gets you through a long run? 

Hogan (signicant other) has started this new tradition of making me apple cinnamon pancakes right after my long run (dreams do come true) Also, I’ve become really good at using my long runs to brainstorm work ideas, life ideas, or to visualize race day.

Music or no music?

No. Never. Heresy.

Preferred form of cross training? 

Currently swimming but I’m a terrible swimmer. After 3 laps I feel like the lifeguard should keep a really close eye on me. But recently I started getting in the pool and I feel like it’s really helped me with my breathing. Kristina (Hauté Volée Vaulter) has also helped me in the weightroom a ton! She wrote me a training plan that has made my hips much stronger which has been a trouble area for me in the past. I am staying on top of it!


Motto for this race/training block?

Trust the process. 

Rest day brags? 

In the winter I ski every rest day. Runners avoid it like the plague because of injuries but I skied HARD last winter and then had a huge half PR in spring, coincidence? I think not. I’ll take my chances. In the summer I love using rest days to take an easy hike or walk with my dog Lenny. 

Rose/Thorn of marathon training?

Rose: I feel like the training justifies buying myself massages.

Thorn: is there enough time in the day? Especially a Washington fall day when it gets dark by 5pm and the sun doesn’t rise till 7am...


Strangest thing that you’ve seen/has ever happened to you on a run? 

One time a guy accidently spit on me because he didn’t realize I was coming up behind him… the timing was just really really unfortunate. 

Favorite thing to hear when being cheered for? 

I grew up playing basketball so I THRIVE with actual shouting. Like scream at me to get after it. Those of you that played AAU basketball… you know what I’m talking about. 

Throw it out there! What is your main goal (or goals) for CIM? 

I would love to run around 2:50 (ahhh that feels a little scary to tell the world) but if I go out and put myself in a position to succeed, stay mentally present, find joy in the race, but miss my goal time, I’ll still be happy.

Thanks for letting us love on ya, Han! We're stoked to be supporting and celebrating you this entire journey!

Head up, cowbells out!

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Beth | July 29, 2018 at 7:24am

Hips hips hips

You had me at hips! Any chance we could see this hip strengthening training plan Kristina made for you? My hips give me trouble every time I up my mileage, and I'd love to know what's gotten you over that hump. As it were.

hannah | September 20, 2018 at 12:31pm

Hip Strength

Hi! Sorry I'm so late to this! I use Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Bands quite a bit and exercises include a lot of banded side steps, banded clam shells, single leg RDLS, and planks with leg lifts (regular plank - raise heel 5-10 times, switch to other heel, then side plank - raise heel 5-10 times, raise other heel, then the same on the other side plank)

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