On Saturday I joined gal pals Jessica and Sarah for a 10k race. We finished in an hour and nine minutes, using the Galloway plan where you run five minutes, walk one minute, run five, walk one, etc. It really conserves your energy and makes the race enjoyable. Sometimes it actually makes you finish faster than if you’d run the entire way.
Dad completely made fun of how long it took me to run 6.2 miles, saying, “Were you going forward the whole time?”
“Listen, we took walk breaks!”
“Yeah but were you walking forward when you did that?”
We also ran the last 1.2 mi straight through instead of taking the walk breaks. And we sprinted at the end. That’s my favorite part. I feel so tired at the end of the run, but it is one last shot of adrenaline—especially with people cheering!—and it makes all my muscles turn to mush.
Here’s a picture of Sarah and me at the finish line…Jess had gone on ahead for the last mile and shaved off three minutes from her finish time! She’s incredible!
I did make a New Year’s Resolution to run a half-marathon this year, so I’ll keep training with Sarah and Jessica and see what happens. I think it’s doable. I feel you can do pretty much everything using the Galloway plan. I thought it was a wussy way out at first, but now I would have it no other way—it is just SO ENJOYABLE. You look forward to the run instead of dreading it. And it becomes about the enjoyment of the process, the journey, not just getting it over with.