Thanks for coming to my Pity Party last week. I really appreciate all the encouraging words and advice. You are all amazing…
After, I cried pretty much all afternoon. I started researching the Galloway Method that Morgan over at CAUTION: Redhead Running suggested. This method is a RUN/WALK theory.
Run Injury Free with Jeff Galloway is the Motto.
I scanned all over the internet checking out this method. There are so many people who rave about it. Some have used it to just finish a race but a lot have used it to PR, How is that possible. Well hey if it will help me cross the finish line I am in.
Here is the Galloway Method in a Nut Shell: You run for x amount of minutes and you walk for x amount minutes. You do this method from the start to the finish of your run. The idea is that your legs will be stay strong to carry you through to the finish. You determine how many minutes your run/walk.
Sunday was my long run (8 miles). I would have loved to run in the beautiful outdoors, but with winds at 45 mph I had to hit the Mill. I decided to try out the Galloway Method to see what run/walk ratio I was going to need to do, it would be easy to monitor with the timer on the Mill. I decided to try run 5 minutes walk 1 minute. That seemed to be the popular theory. I walked 1 mile for a warm-up and then headed into a nice easy run (10.56 mile) for 5 minutes and then walked 1 minute. I repeated several times until I completed my 8 miles. Since the Mill only runs for 1 hour I had to do 2 sessions. I felt like a total runner having to reset the Mill to finish up my run. I stretch in between sessions; my calves get really tight on the Mill. Do yours?
I thought I would have a hard time with the run/walk method. Surprisingly I felt really good. It felt weird at first, but then I got into a rhythm. Actually I did not even feel like I walked any. It was a GREAT run. And I needed a great run. I was dripping sweat, I looked liked I just got out of the shower. I love to sweat!
Do you like to sweat when you work out?
I will be doing some more research on the Galloway Method, but so far it looks like I have found a way to boost my confidence and finish my long run strong. I have no doubt that I will be able to finish my Half Marathon on April 23rd in Style…
Have you ever used the Galloway Method?
Thank you, Thank you for all your support and advice!
If your going to run, Run Half Crazy!