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Entering the Last Week of my C25(/10)K Program...


Sunday, October 14, 2012


For the last 6 months or so, Ian MacNeill has told me when and how far to run each week in his Beginner's Running Program and I've complied, happy to not have to think, content to just do.

This week I'll finish the program, providing all goes as planned. It will have taken me 27 weeks to complete the 13-week program, which took me from barely being able to run 30-seconds at a time to running 60-minutes without stopping. Time well-spent, for sure!

So, I'm proud -- but I've also been (understandably) freaking at the thought of what happens next. I want/need to work on speed, and thought about looking into Galloway, but hadn't done it yet because I still feel like such a newbie. Galloway, in my mind, is for runners who are more seasoned than my slow-azz, 16-minute-mile self.

I looked through the remaining xeroxed pages that Jenn had given me, the MacNeill program xeroxes that started me down this path in the first place...and once again, I found something I'd not noticed before: a reference to "moving on to the Intermediate course", which could be found "on page 157"!

Well, I didn't *have* a page 157 -- all I had were the handful of sheets Jenn had given me. So, I took to the internet, got on Amazon, found the book, found the correct (1999) edition* of the book and bought it!

It arrived this week, and sure enough, there's a 13-week Intermediate program that's all about increasing speed (employing "Fartlek" training, it looks like, which I know is a Swedish training method, but the word still brings out the 12-year-old in me)
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So, happily, I'm in for another 13-weeks with Mr. MacNeill! emoticon

I can't tell you how relieved I am to have a new program to cling to, something that will be hard enough to challenge me, but not so hard that I'll give up! This should get me through the winter, definitely, and possibly into the spring, if it challenges me as much as the Beginner Program did.

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*Apparently after 1999, MacNeill changed the program to be a little less "babying" in the beginning (to start with 1-minute running intervals instead of :30 intervals, etc.), so if you're as green as I was, and are interested in a slow-ramp-up running program, you'll want to look for the 1999 edition with the cover that looks like the one above.
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 10/16/2012 8:28AM

    Sounds like a winner book! I need some guidance on my running. I'll look for it at the library!

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/15/2012 10:55PM

    I need this book. I have trouble controlling my breathing. There are days I can run a mile and days I can't seem to motivate myself to push farther. Maybe this will help.
Thanks.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/15/2012 12:11PM

    We did fartlek's a lot when I was an athlete, usually for tennis and it didn't matter how well we knew what was coming, the boys would always break out snickering and someone would make a fart joke. I always smile just thinking about it.

I think it's great to have a plan, I have noticed that I have less of a plan in the gym since giving up my trainer, and I feel much less focused and like I'm not getting as good a workout.

I also need to work on speed, but I just found out my running app does intervals, I can't wait to try them! :-)

Have a great week!

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MIRAGE727 10/15/2012 10:37AM

    Congrats on your effort!
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I gotta tell ya, Galloway enables "newbs" to get into walking, running, wagging, or crawling! Intervals can also be used like walking at a fast pace for 2 minutes and a slower walk at 1 minute. I do know I've played with it since I started on the road. It has given me endurance and speed although I'm not concerned that much with speed.
But the most important thing is that you are doing it. Embrace it and have fun with it! My last race report amplifies this! Stay strong and stay focused.
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FATBASTICH 10/15/2012 9:21AM

    Good for you, keep it up!

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MERETONI 10/15/2012 7:51AM

    First it is awesome that you run, period. That is one of my goals, to start running, so kudos to you! I may have to look into that book!

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CHEETARA79 10/14/2012 7:46PM

    I wish I could run with you. I think my best mile ever was 14 minutes. Typically I run 15-16 minutes per mile but I do run in hillier areas usually.

That book sounds great. I think if I ever get more serious about running, I will have to check that book out.

Fartlek sounds like the name of an adorable yet gaseous pug.

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