Increasing Distance

I’ve been a bit worried about how I’m going to get myself ready for the Brighton Half-Marathon in February, given that I’ve only really been running once a week for the last month – and only doing Run-Walk-Run instead of constant running – but this morning I was pleasantly surprised by my progress.

The plan was to increase from last week’s 4.5K to a full 5K using a 3:1 Run:Walk ratio, but I also hoped that I could do a little bit more than that in order to give myself a better starting point for my Half-Marathon training, especially as I’m also hoping to get a late entry for the Brighton Marathon in April.

So, after a good night’s sleep and an extra hour in bed, I headed for the seafront for my usual Sunday morning run. The temperature was comfortably cool, with a decent westerly wind to offer some resistance training on the long stretch out and a helping hand on the way back.

As usual, I took it fairly easy with the running sections to make sure that I could complete the minimum distance I had set myself and, I have to say, it felt really good. Even as I passed the 5K mark, I was still feeling pretty strong. Knowing that I only had to run for three minutes at a time made it much easier to keep going and, as I didn’t really want to stop on a walking section, I managed to push myself to bring the total distance up to 7K.

This made me feel much more positive about my training. Even though I’m only running once a week at the moment, I am still able to make a decent amount of progress on these long runs and the overall pace isn’t slowing down too much either! This week’s average pace was 6:40 per kilometre, which is the same as last week and isn’t too far off my best 10K race pace.

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Going forward, I am hoping to get back to some continuous running over the next few weeks, but for now I am more than happy with my weekly runs using the Jeff Galloway Run-Walk-Run approach.

How’s your training going? How often do you run each week? Have you used the Jeff Galloway Run-Walk-Run method? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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6 responses to “Increasing Distance”

  1. diawalker says :

    I have a half in February as well. You’ve given me hope! Keep it!

  2. CeeJayKay says :

    WISH i could go for a run on Brighton beach front… up here in the Peak District all i see is HILLS! I need to enter a 10k i think to get myself motivated to get out there in this cold. After 10yrs my Capetonian blood still freezes over with any temp under 14C! *lol*

    • theblogrunner says :

      Ha ha! I have the opposite problem – my Glaswegian blood boils in the heat! πŸ˜€
      I am lucky to have the seafront to run along, although I do long for some nice hilly countryside. I guess we can’t have it both ways though. πŸ˜‰
      I did my first 10K in February last year and it really helped motivate me to get out on those cold dark nights, so I’d say go for it! You’ll soon warm up once you get running. πŸ˜‰

  3. joshdnyc says :

    I just rain a half in October. It is always a challenge for me to know how to train, especially since I don’t really run with a group. I have signed up for a Virtual Trainer on the New York Road Runners site – which has helped me tremendously. It is a 10 week program based on a lot of inputs you put in and it’s tailored. It has a smail cost (USD 30.00), but worth it to me.

    I went from no running to 5k and beyond about a year and a half ago, and it’s a great journey.

    Congrats on all your progress and training, this is a great blog!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ I tend to run on my own too although I am considering joining a training group for the Brighton Marathon. Not sure if it’s my thing really as I like being in my own zone when I’m running, but it might be worth a try.
      Thanks for dropping by. I’ll pop over and pay your blog a visit too. πŸ™‚

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