1. I wanted a training program that would challenge me because I wanted to release some extra weight;
2. I love to bike; and
3. I figured it would, one way or another, get me over my fear of the ocean.
The running part was not something I was looking forward to. I’ve never been a runner, I didn’t want to be a runner, but if you want to race triathlon, it kinda comes with the package.
Fast-forward 8 months and running is my favorite of the three disciplines – I NEVER, EVER thought I would say that!!
Last week, Coach Pam gave me a fun training program for the month leading up to the Disney Princess Half Marathon and this week is kind of the climax of that program as far as volume goes:
- Monday – 6 mile negative split run
- Wednesday – 14 mile negative split run
- Friday – 3 mile negative split (but I can’t look at my Garmin)
- Saturday: Brick – Bike 90 min/Run 15 min
So this week I am running just shy of a marathon!! OMG!!
This morning’s run knocked me out of my comfort zone in a number of ways.
First, I run at about a 9:30 pace (Galloway run/walk intervals of 2 min/30 sec), today’s run was 6 miles at an average pace of 8:50 (Mile 1,2: 9:00/mi; Mile 3,4: 8:50/mi; Mile 5,6: 8:40/mi) so I knew it was going to be a little quicker than I’m used to, hence a bit uncomfortable.
Second, I programmed the workout into my Garmin, but when I started to clock, the only parameters showing on my screen were Distance and Pace – there was no timer, so I had no idea when my run/walk intervals were coming. I was already heading out the door late, and I didn’t want to take the time to reconfigure the screen, so I just decided to run and see how far I could go without any walk breaks. That decision was VERY uncomfortable.
BUT, I ran the entire 6 miles (except for about 10 steps of walking to make my pacing work out on Mile 3 and stopping for traffic to cross the street at about 5-3/4 miles) and I exceeded my pacing targets every single interval!!
I am soooo excited!! I really like Galloway running and I know so many people who have run marathons using the walk/run method, but I can’t help feel like I’m gaming the system. I want to be one of those runners who can head out the door and pop off a marathon without walking.
I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that point, but I will take a non-stop 6 mile run at a 8:45 pace as a damned fine start!!
If is quite phenomenal to look back and see how far I have come in just a few short months.
Thank GOD for Coach Pam (who I think I heard shriek with delight across the river as she read my text) who pushes me out of my comfort zone – where the magic can happen!!