This past Saturday, I really wasn’t feeling up for running my 8 mile run. I didn’t get to bed until almost 1 am due to work and then I was up and ready to run around 8 am. My legs were tired from work (I am an events manager, so I’m constantly moving at work… never just sitting still) and I was physically exhausted. I decided to do my first run/walk run.
Since I haven’t gotten my garmin or watch yet (not sure what I’m going to get eventually), I just had to rely on my music to be my intervals. I decided that I would run hard until the end of a song and then I would take a 1 minute walking break.
It wasn’t so bad and I felt like I could keep going at the end even though it was getting humid and hot. I’ve said before that if I’m going to complete the Dopey Challenge, the run/walk method will be the only way I’ll be able to do it.
All of my miles were in the 10s except for my final two which were 11:21 and 11:14. Since I didn’t use a true 3 minute run: 1 minute walk interval, I cannot wait to see what actually happens when I do a true 3:1 ratio. If I keep with a true 3:1 ratio, Jeff Galloway says that I should be in the 10 minute mile range. If I can keep up the 3:1 ratio, then I will be able to complete the Dopey Challenge in January. Jeff Galloway says to plan on slowing down 2 minutes per mile on marathon day—so I’ll definitely be under 16 minute miles required during the races.
I cannot wait to keep see how this new method of running works out for me!!