This morning was my first run using the Galloway run/walk method. I feel like I need to give you some background before I go on, though. A couple of years ago, I started walking for fitness. After a few months of walking, I started jogging. Why? Because, for me, walking just took too dang long. I think it was warm and there I was, W…A…L…K…I…N…G and it seemed like I was NEVER going to get back home – so, one day, I just started running.
At first, I just ran a little bit, then inched further and further with continuous running until one morning in Charlotte, North Carolina, while at a conference, I got out of the bed, went downstairs to the hotel gym, got on the treadmill and ran a WHOLE THREE MILES. I didn’t intend to, it just happened and I was hooked. I wasn’t yet a ‘runner’. I still haven’t fully claimed that title, but that discussion’s for another day.
But anyway… So, I started off walking and decided running was faster and dare I say, more fun.
Have I gone full circle with this run/walk thing? The Galloway method for running/training dictates that one should run for a certain distance or time and then walk for a small distance or amount of time. (Here’s some info about it: http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/walk_breaks.html) The logic is that it gives you a little time to catch your breath and give your joints a little break. You are supposed to get the same befits from the run as if you’d run the entire way. I started thinking about this idea since my knee is not fully on board with running right now. (This knee has a mind of its own!)
This morning, I ran the prescribed time with walk breaks. I ran 9 minutes, walked 1 minute (alternating until I’d run 35 minutes) and I have to say that it was really pretty nice. Will this help build my endurance back up and eventually stretch it to last for 26.2 miles? I feel like it will. Does it matter that I’m not running ‘the whole way’? It shouldn’t but I will admit that I hesitated each time I was supposed to walk. I kept thinking “I can keep going. I’m not tired and nothing’s hurting.” Is the point to get tired or is the point to reach a target? Is that attitude what lead to my overuse injury in the first place? Does it matter if I walked for 3 minutes of my 35 minute run? Questions, questions.
I don’t have many answers right now. That’s okay. I’ve got a long time to figure it out.
Until next time – I CAN DO THIS!