When I first started running, I could only go about 2 or 3 blocks before I had to stop to walk. Now, in a training run I can go 4-5 miles without stopping but I know I can go farther because I’ve done it in races. It’s a mind thing I’m sure.
My longest run so far has been 10 miles. I did it once in the Austin 10/20 and ran the whole way (slowly…but still). I also had a foot injury the week after that race. I kind of felt that something was wrong while I was running but I didn’t want to stop. Last week’s long run was 10 miles and I stopped to walk a few times but still maintained a 10:30 pace. I’ve been reading about the Galloway method and I can see the benefits of taking short walk breaks to help your muscles recover.
But here’s the problem: When I am in a race, no matter how many times I tell myself that I am only racing myself…I am competing with those around me. I have to be first, I have to be faster, I have to be stronger, I have to be better, (isn’t that a song?).
I have always been this way, even before becoming a runner. I am a fast walker and a fast driver. I have been pulled over for speeding more times than I can count and have had at least 3 or 4 speeding tickets in the past 10 years. (My insurance company doesn’t know this…yet).
I just can’t stand to be behind someone. So during my races, I find that I can’t make myself stop to walk. Of course, when I am alone, I have no problem stopping for a few seconds to take a break. I still push myself but I don’t feel the constant need to KEEP GOING like I do in a race. Even if I am hurting, I keep going. This is good because it has helped me earn some medals:
But bad because it has caused injuries. However, for the Austin 10/20, I was still a rookie. I did not train properly for that race and did not recover properly either. Now I am much smarter about slowly increasing mileage every week and using ice and rest to recover after long runs.
I guess I am just trying to figure out if I should be more diligent with structured galloway training or if just listening to my body is the way to go? I have a 15k race on Sunday and I am curious how I will do compared to the Austin 10/20 since I have been training well…
“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”-Proverb