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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LARKSONGRUTH 5/12/2012 3:03PM

    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.

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    emoticon This Blog Title...EPIC...

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GRACEMCDOG 2/26/2012 2:58PM

    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?

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MYNAMEISSMILE 1/10/2012 1:29PM

    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.

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SHIROIHANA 1/4/2012 2:22PM

    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!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 1/3/2012 11:19PM

    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.


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RISENPHOENIX 1/2/2012 4:51AM

    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.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 12/29/2011 5:01PM

    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?

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HARRINGTON5 12/29/2011 4:58PM

    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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SEABREEZE65 12/29/2011 4:49PM

    Very happy for you!!!
I, too, love the long slow runs!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 12/29/2011 9:44AM

    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.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/29/2011 7:13AM

    Wow! How awesome! Yesterday's rain and wind were no joke.
Congrats on enjoying the journey, woot woot!

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 12/29/2011 12:47AM

    emoticon Don't you love "runner's high"?

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