Something New - Jeff Galloway

Last night, while nursing my sore legs, I realized that there has got to be a better way. So I started looking for alternative methods.

A friend of mine - quite an accomplished runner - had mentioned the run-walk-run method espoused by Jeff Galloway. I made a quick post on Facebook asking if anyone had used it successfully. And to my surprise, about 5 or 6 friends sounded off, almost all of them positive. I have never been a big fan of run-walk-run because I always have had a hard time starting to run again after walking. But Jeff’s programs seem to have shorter walk intervals. So base don the positive responses, I stopped by the book store this afternoon and bought a couple of Jeff’s books, including "Running Until You’re 100” for mature runners. I never though of myself as mature, but, man, do my legs hurt.

Gayle's Trails - Panama City Beach - 8 miles!

Running is so funny. I have been feeling great after runs of 5 miles, 3 miles, and 3 miles this week. I was looking forward to a long run this Sunday morning. Didn’t go anything like I expected. First, my legs were shot. I had plenty of aerobic capacity - really not even breathing that hard - but hips, knees and feet hurt. I didn’t have any zip, if you know what I mean. Then, my stomach started to be upset. Normally, you can fight through something like that, but when you are running for an hour and a half straight, things like that come up. So I had to fight through stomach pain and actually had to stop for a bit. Finally, my shoulders, back, and arms were hurting. Just not a fun morning.


But . . I did it. I finished 8 miles. It was the longest run of my life. It took over 2 hours if you include the stop. So, i should be happy and prod of myself. One thing is clear. This half-marathon thing won’t be easy. 

Plan on taking an easy week this week and finishing it off with a timed 5K on Saturday.

Bailey Bridge - Friday Night Run

Another three at sunset. Third day of running in a row. Eleven miles with eight more to go this weekend. Starting to get into a grove. Gotta keep pressing. I am starting to think i can do this thing. Eight miles this weekend will be a real confidence booster.

Dogs!!! and Longest Run Ever

I hope that this is the first of many “Longest Runs Ever.” Took off early on a Saturday morning for a long run. Was going to go to Panama City Beach, but the weather was iffy. So I stayed close to home and ran. Was going really well until I was almost eaten by a roving pack of dogs. Some idiot let his dogs run free early on a Saturday morning. I had my headphones blasting, so by the time I heard the barking, there was on me. He was about 3 feet away, barking his head off. I had to stop and slowly back away. For a second there, I actually thought he was going to bite me. Wished I actually had some mace or something. There were 2 other dogs just behind him, both i the 50 pound range. I have no sympathy for people who let their dogs run free. Anyway, the whole incident stole my running mojo. I slowly got it back, but it was not easy. Came into the house almost dead from the long run. Light-headed and panting like a dog . . .such fun!

Week Seven - Almost done

Finished my 4th workout of the week. I have been mixing it up more - added stationary bike to the routine to save some of the wear and tear on my legs. Seems to be working. My last 2 runs of this week were my fastest of this training cycle.

Week’s stats:

  • Biked 8 on Monday
  • Ran 3 on Tues
  • Biked 8 and Ran 2 on Weds (indoors)
  • Ran 3 on Thurs

So, I am all set up fro my long run on Saturday. I plan on doing 7 miles, which will be almost my longest run ever. I ran a little over 7 (about 7.25) a year ago getting ready for my first 10K.

Staty tuned.