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.