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First, a Good Run

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ran 12.5 miles this morning with my Galloway group starting at 6am. Very nice run. At 7.5 miles we circled back to our cars and dropped off some people who needed shorter runs. I felt like running more, so I did! No aches or pains. No cramps. Only discomfort was by mile 12 my feet had swollen a bit and my socks felt too tight, especially on my big toes. We ran the 12.5 miles in just under 3 hours. We had 2 stops, one 4 minute potty break and about a 10 minute break at the 7.5 mile mark waiting for slower groups to come in and meet up for the last 5 miles. So, we didn't run fast, although we threw in a couple speedy intervals just for fun.

Our Galloway program director is leaving and the woman taking it over was there this morning. She owns a gym, Haka Fitness. Our runs will start and end at her gym; today was our last run from Starbucks. On the good side, she has invited all of us to come in and stretch and foam roll after our runs. But truth be told, I'm a bit intimidated. She seems awfully hard core. I know she espouses the Keto diet and used to like paleo, and I don't intend to adopt either of those. I've heard her say that most people don't work out hard enough to gain muscle (Ok, that could be true, although I thought frequency/consistency was more of an issue.) She expressed that runners who run 10 minutes per mile or slower have bad form. We have runners whose training run-walk-runs are about 10 minutes per mile to those who do 18 minute miles in the summer heat. She does have a masters degree in exercise physiology. Many runners in our group are concerned that we'll lose the social aspect of our program, although many say they will drive to Starbucks after and meet up as usual. Time will tell. I'm trying to be open minded, but you can read I have some concerns about this change. We'll see. I know she'll get some Galloway training and I suspect she will quickly come to value slower runners. Out of the 9 pace groups, I run in the 3rd fastest group, so I'm not afraid of being singled out as slow. She may help all of us with form. Hope so.

I went to 10 o'clock Weight Watchers after the run. Down .8 of a pound this week (132.6, fully dressed, after breakfast). OK!! That puts me 6.4 pounds under my WW goal and .6 over what I want to weigh at WW. I keep my WW goal kind of high because I don't want to pay or skip meetings in fear that I'll have to pay. Since I hit my goal weight in March 2009, I've only had to pay once due to being more than 2 pounds over my 139 pound goal. I'm glad I have maintained my WW membership; surprisingly, I can forget how far I have come. The meeting just reinforces that although I'm far from perfect and still struggle sometimes with food, I am succeeding!!
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    I'm wary of people who try to sell you on their dietary plans. I'm also thinking that having the group start at her place of business is questionable. Inviting everyone in her gym to use foam rollers may seem generous but I'd suspect an ulterior motive. I guess I've gotten a tad cynical over the years. She could just as well start the run at the park by the Y or keep it near Starbucks.
    598 days ago
    Happy New Year
    598 days ago
    Hope your new running leader settles in quickly and mellows out some. Don't want her to hurt anyone. See what she has to say, but then YOU decide what is right for you. As ONEKIDSMOM has said, and I love, we are all an experiment of ONE.
    598 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Hope things work out with the new leader. You may have to speak up and let her know your concerns.
    599 days ago
    Oh, I didn't know you had to pay money if you were over a certain weight in Weight Watchers. I don't think it would really motivate me, but maybe it does some people. I would just skip like you do when you're over.

    I'm glad you got a good run in! Sorry to hear about your running group getting a new leader. She sounds annoying! I don't think she should really lead older people, because she might encourage them to hurt themselves. I hope that doesn't happen, but it sounds like she'll try to get people to go faster than they can, before they're ready for that. Good luck! Maybe it won't be that bad.
    599 days ago
    Yes! You are succeeding. Congratulations on your continued success.

    Even though I know little about the Galloway program, I'd share your concerns with such comments about pacing. I second LIVE2RUN4LIFE's suggestion about sharing your concerns with the outgoing program director. And, I had the same thought as WATERMELLEN regarding a possible desire for her to build her gym business.
    599 days ago
  • DIROB57
    Good for you on your great run and also your WW victory!

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    **I'd be a little concerned about the new leader as well....I wouldn't want to stay in a group where the leader was that "hard core".....hopefully, the situation will right itself soon!

    emoticon and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    599 days ago
    Sounds like there will be some acclimating on ALL sides! good luck.
    599 days ago
    She doesn't sound like someone who Jeff would select to head his program. Her comments about pace, especially, are out of sync with his philosophy. He wants everyone to run, not just fast (or "real") runners and he wants injury free. He constantly says slow down. I wonder how many of her opinions she "shared" with him.

    PS I think you should share your concerns with the outgoing Program Director.
    599 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/30/2017 2:24:29 PM
    Hope that this transition works out for you and the Galloway group: she may be seeking to build her business by encouraging people to join her gym? Here's hoping that her edges soften a bit . . .
    599 days ago
    Great work on exceeding your weight watchers goal for so many years!
    599 days ago
    There are other variables when it comes to running times. Previous injuries, ability, weather, the social aspect, etc. all can cause one to run slower. I personally am much happier, and so is my body, with my slower pace.

    I say do you, your way and enjoy the runs.
    599 days ago
    599 days ago
    Yes, you ARE succeeding! And so am I. Struggling at times, but succeeding.

    And I hear your concerns with someone taking on directorship who isn't already a Galloway accolyte. Could be a difficult transition for her (and you all, too). I'll keep a good thought or two headed your way. emoticon
    599 days ago
    Happy New Running Year emoticon
    599 days ago
    I would be concerned about the new leader too. If she gets too bad maybe a few of you could talk to her and she will calm down.
    599 days ago
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