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.
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.