Oh hey! I’m running a marathon!
A few weeks before I pulled the plug on Augusta 70.3, I registered for CIM. To many, registering for a dovetailing marathon while struggling with my present goal would seem insane. I considered it for months and didn’t discuss it much. It felt like a really good idea and as I described to a few people, “I just needed a win.” Obviously running 26.2 miles isn’t an easy win but it’s an endeavor that feels exciting.
One important consideration is overtraining. 70.3 training started in May and while it wasn’t run heavy, that’s a long time on the training train. Since I’m genuinely looking forward to this race, my mind is cooperating well.
Body….is mostly cooperating well. Two weeks ago, I had 15 miles on my plan and 5 miles in, my ITB rebelled. My knee joined the protest, and I had no choice but to turn around and head home after 5. Ruh-roh. Since then, I’ve rested when I felt like I should and backed off my mileage. I travelled to Seattle to celebrate my stepmom’s 60th birthday (60’s themed party!) and then returned home to celebrate my own birthday.
Last Tuesday, I turned 32. I celebrated with a fantastic spin class (BORN THIS WAY was the first song!!! WHAT?) and Dailey Method with the always energetic and amazing Susan.
The next day, I embarked on my first 32 year old run: 10 miles. I decided to employ the Galloway method (running 9 minutes/ walking 1) in the hopes that I would get through a longish run without discomfort.
It was absolute joy. One of those runs where you can’t stop thinking how amazing you feel and how you wish you could bottle the feeling and HowCanEveryRunBeLikeThisEveryTimeForever!!!!
I never needed the walking breaks so they were a pleasant (and frequent) surprise! I intended to keep a long run pace (10:30-10:45) but I could barely keep my running segments above 10. It felt really good. I kind of totally get why people favor this method. My average pace was faster than it should have been but the run felt easier than it should have felt. Maybe it was just the day? Maybe it was the buoyant energy of a new, even age?
Yesterday, I ran 15 miles using the same method. I felt FANTASTIC. Same deal: all the running segments felt nearly effortless and hovered around 10mm. Stupidly faster than I should be running my long runs but I absolutely could have had a full conversation (if another person on earth were insane enough to run 5 loops of the same lake). Oh, and today? NO PAIN OR STIFFNESS WHATSOEVER. I took a spin class this morning. Didn’t even feel like I ran yesterday. Absurd.
So….maybe this method works really well for me? Maybe my marathon goal should be faster? Who knows. I can tell you that I am absolutely not bothered by running “only” 90%. That’s still a low A, thankyouverymuch. I took a lot of pride in running my entire first marathon but using this method to get safely to both the starting line and a PR doesn’t bug me. I’m not sure at this point if I’m going to stay with Galloway but I will for my long run this weekend and continue to evaluate from there.
YAAAAAAAY MARATHON TRAINING! It really is my favorite.
Ever do a run/walk method? Thoughts?