I have officially kicked off my training in earnest for the Disney Princess Half-marathon in February 2013. I am following the run-walk method by Jeff Galloway. Although I am two weeks behind from his training program, it is not impossible to catch up with the pace. I feel that I am not really a beginning runner anymore but I don't think I am a strong enough runner yet to set a time goal so I have combined the beginner/time goal programs. At this point, my goal is simply to finish the race by the recommended time of 3:30! Funny thing is, they ask you what your estimated time to finish would be when you sign up. You cannot put a time longer than 3:30 so I put 3:29!!! This is my magic number!
Rundown of Week 1:
- Tuesday : Warm up: 10 minutes; Run: 30 minutes; Pace: 15 min/mi; Miles: 2.1
- Thursday: Warm up: 10 minutes; Run: 30 minutes; Pace: 17 min/mi,; Miles: 1.94
- Distractions: caught up with neighbors running, stopped and talked so pace is longer
- The pace doesn't seem to add up with how long and how far I ran, but I got these numbers from my ipods summary after I ran.
- Saturday: Warm up: 10 minutes: Run 1:10 minutes; Pace 17 min/mi; Miles: 4.1
- Breakfast: Post wheat cereal with non fat milk
- Location: along Lake Washington Rd.
- Weather: perfect; cool breeze from the north, temperature at 67 degrees!
- Injuries: none
- Physical discomfort: left pinky toes rubbing against 4th toe at around mile 3. Remedy: put vaseline between toes in the next long run.
- After run intervention: ate a piece of cookie while icing both knees for 10 minutes.
- Advice for others: do not go to a dinner/dance in the evening after a long run! While only the legs were a bit tired in the morning, adding the hips and hands to dance the night away a few hours later was utter torture. At least, I got a full body work out!
T minus 123 days!
This is the Jeff Galloway timer that I use and is set to beep every 30 seconds of walk/run interval.