While I was out running today, the words to write were floating around in my head, but, now I am here, they have disappeared and I am at a loss as how to describe my feelings…
Over the last 4 weeks, I have knocked out “Personal Best” after “Personal Best” (PB) which every runner strives for. This can only happen for so long, then it will be back to the chase. So far, I have taken over 5 minutes from my 5k time and today, approximately 8 minutes from my 10k time.
It has not been easy, but the weight loss I have experienced is definitely the main reason for this, along with my Coach and hubby (one and the same person…)
Today I used the Run Walk Run method, as recommended by Olympian Jeff Galloway. The intervals used were a 1.6k warm up, followed by 3:30 (3 minute run and 30 second walk) and then a final push on the last kilometre (with no walk breaks). The total time was 1:19:25.
Often associated with beginners, the Run Walk Run method is a sound training plan that has also found it’s way into the training programmes of intermediate AND advanced runners to increase their mileage, reduce injury and help prevent burnout. It is also suggested that the walk breaks are taken from the start, not once you are tired. There are many running groups on Facebook that advocate this method, one being “Girls That Jeff – GTJ”…
I will continue to train for that elusive Half Marathon, and hope that I can put it under my belt soon.