I have to question that Dumbo Double Dare training plan. The more I read it, the more problems I see in it. For example:
- It says nothing about strength training. (It mentions "cross training" but in a very cavalier way.) Major mistake.
- It explains how to predict a race pace for a marathon rather than a half. One might think it's just an editorial slip. Except it occurs twice, leaving me thinking that this is a sloppy cut-and-paste job from a different program (like, say, Goofy). Even worse, the race pace formula doesn't match what appears at jeffgalloway.com (the training plan says "marathon" but it doesn't match Galloway's website for either marathon or half marathon) undermining any remaining confidence I have in that training plan. I have to wonder if someone else wrote it and slapped Galloway's name on it.
On a personal note, if you are struggling with hip issues and foot issues as you say, it makes no sense to train for a race. Despite calling yourself an "older runner", you're a young person. Get on top of your injuries first. Otherwise, you risk cutting your running career short.
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I've never done that, and the most I've really ran is 5k's But good luck with it and hope that someone else can answer your questions. Congratulations on starting running at over 50! I started at 55 years old for the first time in my life. I have to admit I am sporadic at it. I like walking long distances, especially for a cause. I've walked the 15 mile course for the last 4 years of the Bataan Death March Memorial at White Sands Missile Range here in New Mexico, a couple of hours from where I live. Some people run and a lot walk. It is timed but the only awards are for the top 2 finishers in the 26.2 mile course. It's in March every year, and I'm debating whether to try to train to walk the 26 mile course which has a 5 mile hill in it, or stick to the shorter course which has some smaller hills. It's an awesome event to honor the veterans of the original Bataan Death March, and also other veterans and current military. Then a couple of weeks ago I did a local walk I had just found out about to honor the heroes of 9/11 and after. It was called Walk for the Heroes. It was a 37 miles course, and they had support cars that could give you a ride when you couldn't walk anymore and was also awesome. It started at 11 pm and we walked along a highway at night and I loved it. It was from one small community to another. I did almost 20 miles of it. I had just found out about it a month before, so didn't get to train like I want to for next year, when I hope to do all of it. So I don't spend as much time running, but am starting at training for a 5k on Thanksgiving day. I'm 58 1/2 right now. I have fibromyalgia, and a lot of difficulty with fatigue especially, so I have to do my walking or running early in the day, before work. By evening I'm toast. But I don't intend to just fade away into "old age" as time goes on but to fight and be the best I can at each stage. You sound like you are that way too!
Hello all Is any one here doing the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge? I am an older runner, over 50, been running for a little over a year and have been plagued with injuries that I'm managing with physical therapy after a trip to the running sports doctor. I usually never run 2 days in a row but in order to do the GSC, I need to be able to run 6.2 miles on Saturday then 13.1 miles on Sunday. I started running 2 days back to back every other week and it is a challenge for me physically. I have the stamina, I just struggle with hip issues and now some foot issues (usually only when I run hills). Anyone ever run 2 races back to back and how did you train for it? My pace is about 10 minutes/mile for the half and around 9 minutes a mile for the 10K.
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