I seriously feel like a yo-yo lately.
My run is great.
My run sucks.
I can do this mileage.
I can’t run three miles.
It’s a beautiful 60+ degrees.
It’s 40 degrees and windy and there will be snow.
Really, people, I could just use some consistently decent runs. And some consistent temperatures. My body can’t seem to figure out which end is up right now. I don’t need AWESOME! I just need good.
Yesterday I tried something new. I did a Galloway style run. Run a half mile, walk .03. Interestingly, I was able to maintain a 10:30-10:40 pace for the first 6 miles even with the walking. (Mile 7 was into the wind and just sucked.) I’ll be honest, I’ve never really had any urge to try it before, but I did it for a few reasons:
- I really needed a rest day yesterday, but won’t have time to run today
- One piece of advice I’ve gotten from runners who do these crazy back to back things is to practice incorporating walking ahead of time because it uses muscles differently.
- There is a better than 50% chance that there will be some walking in one or more of the races, so I need to think about my plan.
- Another piece of advice I’ve been given: Walk before you HAVE to walk.
- I’d never, ever tried walking near the beginning of a run.
Verdict? It’s not for me. I know some people swear by it and I’ve been passed in many a race where Galloway runners are faster than I am, but I didn’t like it. I struggled to start running after each walk interval. And in the end, I didn’t feel like I felt any better than if I’d just run at a steady 10:45 pace. I will likely do a couple more runs this way before the races, just to get a feel for it, but I imagine my races will be more along the lines of waiting until I need walk breaks to actually take walk breaks.
Have you tried Galloway running? If so and you think it’s awesome, got any great advice? If not, why not?