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!!