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My first magic mile -- a dress rehearsal

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Well I've been looking at Jeff Galloway's website for about a year. I was a straight walker back then training to walk a half marathon. This Jan I decided to try this walk run stategy. I used Jeff Galloway's website and the book Marathoning for Mortals, simply because the library had it and I figured this running thing was questionable. Will I ran/walked the Go St. Louis Half marathon and decided that it was time to get a little more structured. I bought a Jeff Galloway book. Galloway's book on Running 2nd edition. This has lots of information, but no miracle miles which seemed so imporant on the website. So I bought his Training Programs book which finally gave me enough infor the decide to attempt a miracle mile.

The important information. "On your first time trial, don't run all-out from the start--just a little faster than you have been running" Hey I can do that for a mile.

Well today was the day I decided to do it, but things did not quite go as planned. I got up at 5:00, got dressed, all the way to shoes, Garmin and HRM and started to drink my latte. My dh makes me a latte with chocolate soy milk on run days. Anyway what do I hear---thunder. It was suppose to clear out over night and while I'll run in the ran I don't do thunder, so I decide to do a step video and scrap my miracle mile.

Change my shoes, switch my garmin and Hr strap for my Polar---which will give my a calorie estimate on my step and start to step. About 20 minutes in a notice that it seems to be clearing up, so after 30 minutes of step I check the weather and the storms seem to have moveed to the west and I decide to go ahead and give the miracle mile a try.

I know that the conditions are not optimal, but since there is this complicated warm up sequence and I've decide to use a local pretty flat park that I'll run to for them mile I can at least see how the whole thing works.

Change my Polar and Hr strap for the garmin, realize I need to take the trash out, start on my walking warm-up only to notice I'm still wearing my step shoes, walk back home change my shoes and grab a Luna bar---It's almost 7:00 and all I've had is my coffee and milk and head out for that miracle mile.

Went pretty smoothly from there. I've got a first time 9:19. I'm not sure how good I was at going just a bit faster. That actually gives my a predicted half marathon pace of 11:10---faster than my April 19 th half .

  
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SPEEDYDOG 6/11/2009 8:46PM

    Wow! How cool is that? Pretty darn cool! You are blazing, kiddo!

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JNEUBS 6/11/2009 3:13PM

    You Rock!
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JAMIEHORN20 6/11/2009 2:57PM

    That's so cool! I will have to look into this magic mile thing. :)

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 6/11/2009 2:46PM

    I smiled as I read your blog. You perfectly described life! Congratulations on an exceptional MM time. I like his Testing Yourself book, used while training for races. Galloway makes self-improvement so doable. I celebrate your commitment and success.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/11/2009 2:19PM

    I'm so glad that you wrote about this. Most people don't understand the magic mile concept.

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KAYAKID 6/11/2009 10:08AM

    Way to go you rock!!!! You are doing great keep it up! Have a great day! You started it off great. It makes you stand a little taller to make goals and accomplish them.
Mike


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PENGUINPIE 6/11/2009 10:01AM

    A magic mile -- I love the sound of that. I'm not familiar with Galloway's methods and training plans, but I know a lot of people who have followed his program with great success. It sounds like you are one of them!

This was such a great post -- you are a dedicated woman, changing shoes and straps so many times! You've got the husband trained to make you a latte. Now you just need him to take out the trash so you don't get distracted and forget to change shoes!

Glad the weather cooperated for long enough for you to do your mile. 9:19 is a GREAT time. I hope you are really proud of yourself for a job well done this morning!

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Good Run/Walk

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Had a really good run walk today (Tuesday) Last Friday I had some pain in my calf. I took a total break from run/walking or stepping until today---and I felt fine out on my run today.

This is my current favorite run. 6.6 miles and avoids roads with heavy traffic. I do have to deal with hills, but after the first three miles it flattens a bit and you just feel so good.

  
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JAMIEHORN20 6/9/2009 9:18PM

    I'm glad your calf pain is gone. I hate that fear of injury!

I did a new route today and had to climb a monster hill! I actually like hills but this one almost did me in. :)

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JEM0622 6/9/2009 11:28AM

    Sounds like a great one! Glad you rested and all was well. Be sure to get your stretches in and keep the epsom salts handy for soaking!

~Julie

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/9/2009 11:21AM

    Funny the hills on my route and seeming less big anymore. I don't tread them. Sounds like a success ful day of running for you. Mine is yet to come....

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KAYAKID 6/9/2009 11:21AM

    It looks like you a had a grat run. I added you as a friend. I just joined the master runners group. I am a 52 year old and have completed 2 5k's in the past month. I have another 5k next week and each race has been a PB. Looks like you like the longer distances. I am trying to work my way up. I have 2 10k scheduled for later in the summer and fall and a 15k in October. good luck to you and look forward to being your friend and watching your progress
Mike


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Made it to the pool

Monday, June 08, 2009

It's been hard to find a warm day without thunderstorms where I could make it to the pool. Well today I did it. Got in and swam some laps. I'm hoping to make it tomorrow too. The cool water should feel good after my 6 mile run.

  
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PENGUINPIE 6/9/2009 9:27AM

    Funny, I was thinking the same thing as RUNNINGBLITZ! I think we have a triathlete in the making! I'm just saying...

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/8/2009 7:31PM

    You are amazing. Swimming, Biking, and Running - do you do tris too.

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Another bike ride--on an old ladies bike

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Well I did the loop to the library again today. It's a nice 8 mile loop with some nice hills. I'm feeling more confident on my bike. I've gone over the handle bars of my bike once, luckily with no head or spinal injury, (they did do the backboard thing when they moved me to the ambulance) I ended up with major elbow damage,and I've been a rather cautious biker. I've even used the stationary bike in the basement---that one's really safe. Outside I tend to brake early and often going down hill, because I'm not quite sure of those brake. Today though I felt confident enough to hit 22 miles/hour on a down hill. emoticon

Now to the old ladies bike. In college I bike toured through Maryland, and Virginia on an old heavy bike. In grad school I splurged and bought a nice touring bike. My dh and I spent a week of our honeymoon bike touring Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Then I got older and had kids and bought a bike to ride with the kids on the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a flat rails to trails path covered with crushed gravel. Here's the strange thing. Since I've bought the bike I've lost weight and improved my fitness. Now I keep looking at my Katy Trail bike and think, "What an old lady's bike" Of course the funny thing is that I'm a good 7 years older than when I bought the bike, but now I'm feeling too young for it.

Am I deluded, or not quite an old lady?

  
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TOWANDA132 6/8/2009 10:32AM

    wow, good for your for getting back on the bike. I'm scared of the bike myself, and I had a really nice dirt bike that I lost in the divorce (with everything else). Maybe some day i will be brave enough to get up and try again.

8 miles is awesome exercise!

P.S. you are only as old as you feel

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/7/2009 3:57PM

    Not quite an old lady!

A good bike makes all the difference if you are going long distances. I've done the Katy trail, and it's not a good place for a road bike, but most of the time I prefer my road bike. 22 miles down hill is moving girl!! Sounds like you have lost your fear.



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Grumbly left leg

Friday, June 05, 2009

On todays run/walk my left leg felt off. Shorten my run to 3.6 miles. I'm walking around just fine now that I'm home. So I'll be taking the weekend off from run/walking and limiting myself to biking and swimming. Luckily next week is my lower mileage week---here's to hoping everything feels back to normal my Monday.

Might seem kind of extreme to make a blog about this---but I thought a public statement would keep me honest in taking my rest!

  
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FELIXC 6/5/2009 11:23AM

    You are absolutely doing the right thing! You don't want to risk an injury!

When I was training for my half-marathon, I had a calf strain. It hurt to run, but I wanted to stick to my training schedule I had outlined on a spreadsheet. I started crying and my very intelligent husband said, "Honey, put the spreadsheet DOWN!" He was right--don't you hate that?--but I rested, took Aleve every day, iced it, and finished the rest of my training on schedule!

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HPTEAGUE 6/5/2009 9:45AM

    Wow - I had the same experience. Turned out to be my IT band, a common issue for runs. Rest, massage, ice and ibuprofin!

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