Today I talked three girlfriends (and one girlfriend's fiance) into traveling up to Austin with me to run the Austin Uptown 10K. It was SUCH A GLORIOUS DAY to run! The sun was shining and it was only 65 degrees outside (chilly by San Antonio standards.)
It was my friend Marti's first run after having her baby on September 2 (hells yeah she ran the entire thing less than two months after having a baby!) so despite her being a tried and true runner - she stuck with me and ran my way - the Galloway Method! Using Jeff Galloway's formula we ran 2 minutes then walked 1 minute the entire race. (Ok, that's a lie, I walked during one run session because it was up a murderous hill.) I hit a new PR today racing this way!
I know I've said before that I have always, always, always wanted to be a skinny, fast, little person that just goes out to run mile after fast mile...but I'm not. Sam introduced me to the Galloway Method after the Country Music (Half) Marathon disaster and I've been hooked ever since. It's not for everyone...you really have to let your pride get over all the runners whizzing past you while you're taking your walk breaks. The trick is that you're running fast and then taking breaks at regular intervals. While other runners slow down during the second half of the race, a Galloway runner is able to keep their pace for the duration. Our friend Ashley ran the entire race and we all finished together - two completely different styles of running with the same positive result.
Anyway, MY moral of the story is that I walked about one third of the race and for the first time in basically forever I broke 11min/miles! I'm never out to beat anyone but myself - and today, for the first time in a long time I finally did.
**Marti, Stacey, me, Ashley after the race**
P.S. I'm not gonna lie - I'm definitely headed to Stacey right now to eat pizza as a reward for the run today:-)