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10 miler check

This weekend I worked the Tinkerbell Half Marathon Expo, which was quite fun. I saw and met many people. Good stuff. Working expos isn’t that bad but it’s just long hours. But meeting people and talking to people is always fun.

So that was Friday and Saturday, all day long.

Thanks to Angry Julie for this awesome picture

Sunday, I wanted to try to redeem my running spirit and went out for a run. I knew I wanted to get at least 6 miles in but didn’t know how my body would hold up after being on my feet at the Expo. I finished with 10 and a smile on my face, which hasn’t happened in quite some time. Thankfully my body did great and I am not to sore except for my hip today, which has been happening on longer runs lately. I did run faster than normal and did actually enjoy the run for the first time in a while. I felt strong and happy. It was a lovely day, the sun was shining and I ran in a tank top!

I had a conversation with Tara last night about training and the upcoming Arkie Marathon. We both have seemingly been struggling with running it seems and though we both are committed to running the Full Marathon in Arkie, we both are not having a grand training sesh this time around. We both have been not having a problem running around 10 miles to 13 miles, and then the other miles just seem to intimidate us and we are both not even attempting to increase our mileage right now. So therefore we had a brilliant idea of running the first 13.1 miles, and then trading off from running and walking. I think it’s the “Galloway” method. So from miles 13 – the end of the race, we are going to walk a minute and run five minutes. We are both excited to run the race, spend time together and just hang out. What better way to spend time together, than suffering through a marathon together?

We discussed how we were both okay with this idea, and both are still committed to the full. Therefore that switches up my training a bit with keeping pretty consistent to running a long run (10-13 miles) on the weekend, and shorter runs during the week. We also talked about how we will have fun running the last half, and enjoy all Arkansas has to offer along the route! I mean, how many times will I ever be in Arkansas?

Also, this weekend, B’s brother left for New York! He was offered a job there and he moved away. It all happened so fast and it was so exciting and we had a little going away dinner with him this weekend.

So tonight it’s back to the gym for me. I have dilligently been tracking my food via the app that I found and am seeing some results. I know it takes time and the fact that small results are showing up is helpful in the motivation category. I also just feel better, so that’s good!


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  • Reply Mindy

    Congrats on your great run! I ran that same time yesterday but for only 7 miles, heh. But that was a distance record for me in my training for my first half. I can’t wait for the Disneyland Half in Sept! A lot of people who ran the Tinkerbell Half yesterday said it was a lot of fun. One of my friends walk/jogged it without any training and finished, so I’m feeling pretty good about my chances, heh.

    Coincidentally, your first picture reminds me of a similar pose I did with one of your good friends …. (last picture in my post). :)

    January 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Leigh

    That’s awesome that your run went well this weekend! I wish I could run in a tank top…it’s long tights and jackets for me!

    That’s fun that your brother in law moved to NYC! Just means you guys have a reason to go there now :)

    What app do you use? I have been using my fitness pal and it’s helpful to realize how much stuff I am actually putting in my mouth (wait, that sounded dirty!). It’s helping to keep me on track

    January 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    What app did you choose? I have toyed around with several…fatsecret and loseit have been the best I’ve found so far. You find something different?

    January 30, 2012 at 8:35 pm
  • Reply kristen

    I’m sorry your in a bit of a running funk right now, but I think using the galloway method is a great way to do a marathon. Especially whith another runner. I’ve never used it myself, but it’s a proven method.

    Maybe your running is ‘meh,’ because your job revolves so much around races? I do lot of small (much smaller) races all year and I get burnt out so much that the thought of going to a race or a race expo isn’t as fun as it used to be.

    Love the pallet board flag!

    January 31, 2012 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Mary Ellen

    great job on your run! I havent done more than 8 miles since my last marathon, but now that the weather is a little nicer here, and we are back from a vacation in CALIFORNIA! I am back to running and reading your blog for inspiration!

    January 31, 2012 at 10:58 am
  • Reply sarah

    Being in a running funk is terrible, until you come out of it, and you can appreciate how good it feels go enjoy running again.

    I used the Galloway method for my first marathon, and don’t think I would have been able to finish without it. I would suggest reading one of his books or looking carefully at his website. From what I recall, he emphasizes that you MUST do the run/walk combo from the beginning in order for it to be effective, and that at the end of the race, say the last 6 miles in a marathon, then you can switch to straight running with no walk breaks. The walk breaks provide a recovery period, however if you wait until you are already tired to use them, then they are ineffective. I’m just going off of memory here, but I definitely suggest checking it out. I have his book titled “Running: A Year Round Plan” and it’s great.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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