Oh the long runs have began for me! The one good thing about the long runs is that they give you uninterrupted time to really think about things. Lately I've been thinking about different running strategies that people have for running. I'm not saying one way is any better or worse than another, I'm just saying that I have questions about why some runners do some of the things they do. I wonder if perhaps I should be doing things that way too. So one of the great things about having a running blog is that I can ask these questions and hopefully get some feedback from other runners.
So when a runner is marathon training and they have 16 miles scheduled for a Saturday, why is it okay that they do 8 miles in the morning and 8 miles later in the afternoon. Why is it okay to split those miles up? I thought the idea of doing 16 miles was to build up the endurance and tolerance to run that distance all at one time? I don't see where this strategy of breaking up your long run is going to help you on race day. Am I missing something?
When I started the Galloway run walk, I started with run 3 minutes, walk 30 seconds. Then in some of my longer races I ran the first three miles before taking any walk break and then only walked once after completing each additional mile. This method worked great for me and I ended up having some of my best race times running this way. However, since my injury I've had to start "learning to run" all over again. I started having my watch set to 2:1 intervals, and then 3:1. I am finding that I am not ready to stop running only after 3 minutes. I want to run more. However, I want to keep my intervals consistent and I don't want to get "greedy" with my running intervals. I now have cut my walk breaks down to 45 seconds, and then 30 seconds. I haven't officially changed my watch settings though, I just keep my eye on the time and judge it. When I tried to officially set my Garmin, I couldn't figure out how to set for 45 seconds. To all you Garmin Forerunner owners out there: Can you only set the interval counter in 30 second intervals?
I've missed my interval beeps a few times and ended up skipping some walk breaks and I felt just fine. I feel like I could do that more often but then I worry if I am setting myself up for injury later on. So now I struggle with 1) should I continue to do what is working? OR 2) should I break out of my comfort zone and try doing a little more? How do you know when it's time to push more?
Speaking of run/walk, I have always made an effort to keep my walk breaks at a pretty good pace. I don't walk like I am completely exhausted. I walk like I am power walking. With that said, I just read up on the Galloway training plan and he says to avoid injury do NOT Speed walk or power walk during your walk breaks. What???? Well perhaps that is why I was injured for so long. I can't help but try to walk fast on my breaks. I am normally a fast walker just in everyday life so this is one habit I don't think I'll be able to break. Who's to say what a fast or slow walk is?
And Speaking of the Galloway plan, what exactly is that Magical Mile he speaks of? If you know, please tell me how you are integrating this into your training?
I'm sure I'll come up with more running related questions on my next long run, but that's all I have for now. What's your opinion on any of this? -M
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