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Giving it all I’ve Got

I’ve started training for NYC Marathon.   I had been thinking that I was pretraining, but then I actually looked and yup, I’m training.    I am following the Jeff Galloway “To Finish”  Program and it’s actually a 26 week program.   In looking at the calendar if I do my math correctly, I believe that puts me at week 3 of training.  Oops, time to play catch up:)

Training for a marathon is a long process, yet at the same time it goes quickly.

I’m going to be very upfront in how things are going and I’m sure it won’t all be rainbows and sunshine.   That being said, I am so lucky to be given this opportunity and remind myself that I am not doing this for me, but for Sandy Hook Promise.

Anyhoo…. Even with the “To Finish” program, I know that I will be giving it all I’ve got.

Giving it all i got

I went out for a run.   I was just shy of 5 miles at 4.7, but it happens.   I used the ratio of 3 minutes run to 45 seconds walk.    It seemed like a good ratio, but I’m still feeling it out.   I will say that I liked it.   I tried to keep my run part around 11 and walk not at a Sunday stroll nor a power walk, but somewhere in between.   It seemed to be a good balance as my overall pace was 11:17.

As I was running though, I was trying to connect my body to where my mind is which is harder than you think.   In my mind, I still am so much faster.   My body disagrees.  Besides that  I also have to reconcile that with the run/walk method there will be times that I’m out for my run where I’m going to be walking and people will see.    That’s a mental thing, but one that I will deal with too.

Here is the thing…..   I can only do what I can do.   Yes, running is very much a mental sport, but in the end you can only do what your body will allow.    I’ve also got to use this training time to know when to add more calcium and magnesium.    When I was training for Chicago, I had a doctor who kept my calcium levels  in the mid normal range which may have made things better for running, but overall was not good for my health as it left too much calcium in urine (not good for kidneys).    So I’ve learned more this last year and I’ve also got my specialist that is keeping my calcium at just below normal.    That is good overall, but I do need to adjust more now on running days.   It will also be a training exercise to know how much is enough and how much is too much.

Yesterday was not enough.   It didn’t help that the night before I fell asleep and forgot to take my calcium and magnesium.   I also should have added more calez during run and realized that a Epsom salt bath afterwards might not have been as indulgent as I thought it would have been.

This is what happens when your don’t hit the right balance.   Your muscles dance which isn’t as fun as it sounds….

It’s a work in progress, but whose life isn’t.

We live.   We learn.   We move forward.


There May Be Something To This…..

For those who read my  Race Day Recap post, you know that I said that I tried something new with my run.   Yes, I know you shouldn’t do anything new on race day.   I get that, but I wanted to run with a friend.   So I did.   What did I do?  I walked!   Say Whaaat???   What do you mean walked?    Well, just what I said.   I walked.   I also ran and then I walked again.    My friend swears by this plan.  

The plan apparently is from Jeff Galloway who apparently is a really big deal.   How do I know this?   Because my friend told me.   I’ve learned that he not only has written books on running, but was also an Olympian.  I feel he might deserve more investigation on my part.

Now to me the concept of walking when I’m supposed to be running just doesn’t seem right.  I’ve done it, but only with guilt.   I’ll be honest – One of the reasons I did this with my friend besides wanting to finish the race with her is because the thought of being allowed to walk without guilt after swimming and biking seemed really good.   So I did it and still had a great run in 27.55 minutes.   So I thought I would give it a try today on a non race day.

Now that the Tri is over (boo hoo), I’m back on my Hat Trick training plan (yeah).   Today I has scheduled an “easy” 5 mile run.   So I thought, why not?   Nothing ventured.  Nothing gained.    And again the thought of being allowed to walk sounded good.   Laced up and off I went.  

You know what?   It worked pretty good.  I was basically better or the same time as my other training runs and I probably walked for 5 minutes.   Not bad for just 2 days after a Sprint Triathlon!    I had good splits.   

Average Pace:  10:05  

Best Pace:  7:26  

Whaaat???   Hmmmmm, how is this possible?   


This really does need more investigating on my part.  I may even have to buy his book.   I do know though that I did push myself for those 3 minutes because you really can endure anything for three minutes.   Then I was looking forward to the walk buzzer.   So I’m sure if that is  good or what.   Either way, I am happy my run today.   A run that I really didn’t feel like doing. 

So now there is another option…..