I completed my 2012 running goal - finish my first marathon moving. I used the Galloway method and my coach in Memphis in Motion, Mark Higginbotham, uses it as well. The method works great. At the beginning of 2012, I was thrilled to run 8 miles at a time using intervals.
In the course of the year, I completed two half marathons (Run for Hope in Oxford, Mississippi and Dash for Dad in Memphis, TN), the Navy Ten Nautical Miler (the only race run nautical miles rather than statute miles - it's approximate 11.6 miles statute miles), two 5Ks and the Tour d'Esprit 24 hour race (I ran 20 miles, my run goal for the weekend - it benefited Haiti Medical Missions through Catholic charities).
The crown jewel was the St. Jude Marthon Weekend in Memphis, TN. My 79 year old mom and brother flew in from Wisconsin. My husband was at the finish and there along the (sometimes crabby) road to the finish. Friends cheered me along the route (good thing because it was hot and my mind was misbehaving until I got back on track) and met me at the finish. I finished it. In the process, I raised $1550 in donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (before company matches which should be around $800 more).
I was tired afterwards. I did develop plantar fasciitis and didn't go to the podiatrist until it really hurt. Note to others - don't wait. go in sooner than I did. I've got orthotics that I ran the marathon in and was glad to have them. They make a huge difference.
I wish I had started with Memphis in Motion sooner than I did. It would have been better to start when I began running rather than once I had completed my first 4 miler over Thanksgiving weekend in 2011. I took the group coaching option so I did get personalized help and a network of runners who use the Galloway method to run / walk with. Great support.
I've signed up for my next half marathon the 9th of February, 2013 and am starting back on track this week. i took last week off. I was weary from the marathon. I was sore and mentally tired. soreness abated by Tuesday. This week, it's time to begin again.
Thanks to Coach Nancy for posting about the Galloway method in summer 2011. Your article saved my knees and the Galloway kept me running and reinvigorated my program.
Thanks to Jeff Galloway for promoting the run / walk method. Some folks might think this isn't "real" running. Actually, how I get from start to finish doesn't matter. And I can do anything for a minute. Oh. I ran the marathon quite slowly and finished about 6 hours and 35 minutes using 1 / 1 intervals.
December 7, 2013 - St. Jude Marathon Weekend - Half Marathon
February 9, 2013 - Mississippi River Half Marathon
December 1, 2012 - St Jude Marathon Weekend - Full Marathon
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