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Scheduled Long Run

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's all arranged. And it's certainly better than nothing, but not perfect. The Galloway program director set up my 14 mile long run for Saturday starting at 5 am. (You may remember my pacegroup leader thought the 13.5 mile run I did on 10-20 was sufficient, but I wanted another long run before my first half marathon on Nov 18th, St Pete Women's HM.) This schedule also means I'll be able to attend the nutrition for runners seminar at 8:45. I believe it is based on the book Eat to Live. I'll find out.

My disappointment is that I got assigned to an even slower group than my usual slow one. They run 30 seconds and walk 1 minute; so we'll repeat that for 14 miles. Galloway says that slow long runs are not a problem; that you still gain the stamina. I honestly was hoping to be in a 2 min run/1 min walk group. Oh, well. I'll just make it work. Officially Galloway puts every first time half marathoner in training "to finish"without a time goal. But I really was hoping not to be too slow. I'm running with Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I know she is really fit, however, she's really kind, too, and has assured me we'll find a pace that works for both of us.

I'm still living in a house full of sick people. Gwen is getting better. Hubby is still suffering. I have just a touch of scratchy throat and nasal congestion, but seem to be shaking it off. I ran Monday. Took it easy yesterday and going to take today a little easy, too. Plan to run tomorrow, although it may be early in the neighborhood or Gwen's nap time on my TM as Gwen isn't well enough to go to the Y nursery.

Maybe since I'm taxing my immunities I may be just as well off with the slow long run. I just can't wait to finish my first half marathon!!
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    I too needed the mental boost of a 14-mile run before my first HM...but I ended up partially eroding my confidence because it wasn't one of my best efforts. The runner's mind-game is a delicate balance! On the one hand, it's nice to go into a race knowing your limits (ouch!) but on the other hand it's also good to feel like you've got lots of gas in the tank (rawr!).

    I'm sure your 14-miler will go better than mine did, but even if it doesn't you're making yourself stronger by doing it. Good luck on your HM, you're ready and you will have a great race! emoticon
    2485 days ago
    This is going to work out just fine; just stay well. Looking forward to your success blog!
    2486 days ago
  • _LINDA
    While you may feel you are more advanced then the group you were put with, you must have faith in the method. Galloway is a highly trusted system. You essentially want to take the best care of yourself so that you can give it your all when you run with Barb. I am betting you two will compliment each other nicely with the right amount of competitive drive and compassion. You will keep up with her no problem. just take good care of yourself and fight off those bugs with good nutrition, exercise and rest!
    2486 days ago
    You 2 ladies have a good time!
    2486 days ago
    I think I'd want the 2 min run/1 min walk group for the first few miles...but long before mile 14 I'd be glad I was running 30 seconds and walking 1 minute! Or maybe that's just me. :) I've never run 14 miles all at once before. Good luck!
    2486 days ago
    In some ways it is very good to be going long and sloooow. That way you'll be even more of a coiled spring. What you don't know, Marsha, is that I'm scared I won't be able to keep up with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    So I'd best limit the Halloween treats, eh? 250 calorie splurge of dark chocolate delish! emoticon
    2486 days ago
    You'll make it work, yes you will. So glad you're running with Barb . . . what a great time you'll have (and what great blogs we'll get!!) Just keep on evading that bug at your house!!
    2486 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I know that no matter what you do you will be fine. You always come out on top so I am banking on you! Enjoy the time leading up to it and by all means keep fighting those BUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2486 days ago
    Trust your training!!! You'll do great!
    2486 days ago
    Marsha, so sorry you're surrounded by sickness. Continue to take good care of you so you don't get sick, too! It's nice to see you plan to run even tho' babysitting. And I wish you the best run and fun on Saturday!

    You're welcome re: Nov's games - I'm always pleased when I set up games that people participate in - I don't want to bore anyone. : )

    I hope Gwen continues to get better, and wish all the best to your DH.
    2486 days ago
    Your long slow runs are supposed to be SLOW. Have you done magic miles? Do you know what pace you're supposed to be running them at?
    2486 days ago
    2486 days ago
    Just ignore the other runners and go at your own the heck out of it! You can do it!
    Sorry to hear you are surrounded by sickies. That stinks.
    Take care of yourself.
    Happy Halloween
    2486 days ago
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