Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Jeff Galloway said in his presentation a couple weeks ago that if you are unable to complete half or full marathon training as written (illness, emergency, life, etc.), that when you start training again you should walk the full scheduled amount, but just run-walk-run the amount of your last workout. In his example, you had run-walked-run 4 miles (after warm up) but then missed two weeks. The scheduled workout for the date is 7 miles. He suggested you warm up and run-walk-run 4 miles and then walk the additional 3 miles and consider yourself back on plan. I hope I never have to use this technique, but it seems like a sensible way to restart.
He also said that there are two ways to approach hilly race courses. One is to train for hills and the second way is not to train for hills. He suggested that if you don't train for them, you simply walk more on the hills. He even commented that he knows people who have achieved a personal record by walking more on the hills and running more on the flat areas. Because I believe my injury was related to overdoing hills, I'm glad to know this option. Perhaps something in between, like a little hill training and a little more walking on the hilly parts, ought to work. The Lakeland half marathon I signed up for on November 9th has a hillier course than I had hoped.
Although I'm not planning to run in Denver, I thought it was interesting that Jeff Galloway said that people who run in our heat and humidity usually don't have trouble running in altitude. He said that the effect of altitude on the body, although not exactly the same, is similar to running in our climate.
My half marathon training has just started, but is going well. The Galloway program I am following has a lot of cushion. It could be done in about 3 months, but we are starting 5 months out. I ran one half marathon last year; plan to run three of them in the next 9 months. Looking forward to them!!!