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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Long slow distance, that is!

Today was my first day of Jeff Galloway run/walk training for the half marathon. I don't have the book on training for the half yet; I'm going on information I found in "Running to 100".

Today instead of running 6 miles, I ran/walked it per the instructions for doing the long, slow run for a 9:30 pace. Long, slow distance is supposed to be a painless way to build the endurance needed to run a half or full marathon. Ha. Running, painless?

But I tried it. First, a 5 minute walking warm up. (Walking warm up! I always warm up with a slow jog. Harumph!) Then repetitions of running for 2 minutes and walking for 40 seconds. (Hooray for Runkeeper's programmable intervals.)

It was AMAZING. I started out in a cold downpour with gusts of wind. Walking. Per instructions, I tried to run as slowly as possible. I sang little songs and chatted to myself to be certain that I didn't inch up even to the edge of huffing and puffing mode. I went up one short hill and one much longer one. The rain came down relentlessly and on the homestretch the winds picked up a bit. I was soaked.

Yet the run was so enjoyable! The time flew by. I never once thought "Oh God, let it end!" I finished feeling sprightly and happy and as if I could do the loop again. Amazing. I haven't had such a pleasant experience since way before I resumed running last spring. Hours later, I feel energized. And I am eagerly looking forward to my next long, slow distance run in a week. And intrigued by the hill training and cadence drills yet to come.

I have never looked forward to running in all these months since I returned to it. Procrastinated on every run. Just felt relieved when it was over. Thank you, Jeff Galloway for taking my running to another dimension.

Today I believe that I can and will not only finish that half marathon I entered but enjoy the journey.

And to me, that's what SparkPeople is all about.

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    I was a little surprised by the title, but when I read the blog, I totally agree--Long Slow Distances are the way to go.
    1626 days ago
    emoticon This Blog Title...EPIC...
    1697 days ago
    So pleased to read about your happiness with this discovery. Isn't it great when you find a way to exercise that makes you feel so good? I read the article on SP a couple weeks ago about interval training and came up with my own version of walk 2 min/ speed walk 2 min/ jog 2 min. I'm able to do that for about 3 km, so far. Just started so taking it very easy. Did you have a race yesterday?
    1702 days ago
    The title of this blog caught my eye, so I had to check it out:p

    Awesome job on your long run! It really isn't so bad when you take it slow, right?
    I think slow is smart. I have to make myself slow down when I'm actually doing my long runs, so I don't get worn out and sore. LSD is the way to go for sure.
    1749 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2012 1:30:12 PM
    I never bothered checking what the Galloway method is but I agree to take it LSD style. Can't wait to read your future blog on completing a HM. Go Jess!
    1755 days ago
    What a trooper to head out and run in a downpour...with gusts. I bow down to you. I am not that brave.

    Wow, it sounds like you are having a lot of fun on your runs. That is the way it should be.

    Here is to you making it happen the Galloway way.

    1756 days ago
    I started with the Galloway method as well, I read Marathon; You Can Do It! Though after a few weeks I realized that I could run an entire mile without walking, and then all of Greenlake, and then... You get the point. Anyway it was a great jumping off point for me.
    1758 days ago
    I am SO NOT a runner so I loved your descriptiveness!
    Of course how you grabbed my attention as well, I appreciate creative personalities!
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    Have an excellent marathon...when is it?
    1761 days ago
    Congratulations! It sounds like you had a wonderful experience and that will keep you going. Good job, I know you are going to do well.
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    1761 days ago
    Very happy for you!!!
    I, too, love the long slow runs!
    1761 days ago
    With a title like that I *had* to read this.
    I am so glad you love the new program! I might just follow in your footsteps soon.
    1762 days ago
    Wow! How awesome! Yesterday's rain and wind were no joke.
    Congrats on enjoying the journey, woot woot!
    1762 days ago
    emoticon Don't you love "runner's high"?
    1762 days ago
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