Space Coast Marathon training week 4 done!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Another week is in the books!! YAY!!

I ran 3 miles on Tuesday, tight hips made me pass on my Thursday run and opt for some quality foam rolling, but I did make it to spin class Wednesday and then got my long run of 11 miles in on Saturday.

This morning I ran my 3 miles, just a short shake out run, then logged on my daily mile as I usually do. I had some friends post sweet "speedy" comments which definitely made my day because in my short 5 years of running I have never been known as "speedy". It made me look back at my last year and I realized that my pace has definitley improved! In August of 2012 my average paces were 12 mm for short distance and 13 for longer distances.
This year my average paces for short distances (3-4 miles) is 10mm range and my long runs are mid 11 to a 12. Looking back, I have made some changes in my running this season, positive changes! I started a boot camp class at my local Y about 5 months ago and love it. In that class I met some amazing girls that also run and have a faster pace than mine. They welcomed me to the group and although we run our own paces, there are days we stay together as a pack. Not only have they pushed my out side of my comfort zone but they are such an amazing change in positive energy!! A lot of you know that I haven't always had positive running partners, although faster... I never realized just HOW much that held me back.
The other change I made this year was giving up intervals.
I have been using the Galloway method of running for my half and full marathons for quite some time now and although it has helped me considerably, I think that passing on the consistent walk breaks has helped me too :)
When I ran the Melbourne Beaches half in February of this year I was toying with the idea of going back to straight distance but hadn't really trained for it. I decided that I would run the first few miles straight then go to my 2:1 intervals. Come mile 3 I still felt really good so I said I would start intervals at the bridges, then at mile 5, then 6, then 7 and I didn't actually take my first walk break until mile 10! I finished out the last 5k doing my intervals and ended up PRing that half by over 4 minutes! That made my mind up for me on making a change in my training this year.
Don't get me wrong by any means, I love the Galloway method and it does amazingly for so many runners. It was the ONLY way I was able to get through my first marathon and my first ultra!! I am not putting it down in the slightest, just trying something different :)

Another positive note...My nutrition has been pretty good and the scale is going down!! I am actually seeing consistant numbers under the 155 mark!! YAY!!!!

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    I'm so proud of you! You are doing so awesome! I can't wait to be there when you blow your current PR out of the water at Space Coast!!
    2886 days ago
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    Love it!!
    2887 days ago
    I love when your hard work pays off and you know that the changes you are making are paying off ... in your case.. big time! Happy for you :-)
    2888 days ago
    I know you have been really working on that time piece the last year so happy to see the breakthrough
    2893 days ago
    Glad to hear that it's all coming together! I'm a combo runner... I plan walk breaks but, at the 10+ minute interval. The gals I'm training with are full runners, so I'm training for my first full as a full runner. I'm still taking walk breaks, but far fewer for my long runs than I ever did before. I'm looking at intervals as a way to finish a race, rather than a way to start.
    2893 days ago
    You're doing great! Super proud of you and can't wait to see you!
    2893 days ago
    So very proud of you :)
    2895 days ago
    Yay! Yay! Yay! You sound so good and STRONG! Thanks for the personal insight on Galloway. I've been running for only 5 years myself and have been a "straight runner" up until now. Injury has made me reassess and restructure. I'm currently training Galloway style and it is helpful to my recovery, yet I'm finding it difficult. Good to hear both sides from someone who has been there. I really wanted to stay down for SpaceCoast also after Soldier, but just can't make it happen this year. Will you be at Soldier?
    2895 days ago
    You're ON FIRE!!! Sometimes I think a break from running does a body good!
    2895 days ago
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