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 .