|Karen and Kasey - getting ready to rock the Galloway method on a Monday night|
Run Buddy got a gym boss and started trying out the Galloway 4 X 1 method. I was a total skeptic, but I told her I'd give it a try.
I had a list of worries in my head:
If I walk am I going to want to start running again? (this was the big one)
Am I going to run fast enough to still have a decent pace?
Will it feel like a regular run or less of a work out?
How can walking be good for me when I want my body to run?
Total skeptic, that's me...Kasey has been enjoying it though, so I was willing to try.
|laced up and ready to roll|
So off we went at 7 p.m. on a Monday evening. At first I had a time trying to gauge how hard to run, how long four minutes was going to feel, and about the third walk break in what I feared happened...I heard the gym boss beep and I did not want to run. I was really enjoying walking, it sure is a lot easier than running, but that's why it's good to try with a friend...Kasey had the beeper on her side so I had to go. I pushed my mental whining aside and started running again. That was truly the only moment I had that feeling. A few miles in the rhythm started to feel easier and it became really easy to guesstimate how much to push and when to relax. The four to one is a very smooth rhythm to get used to.
|The beeping boss|
I never dreamed I would enjoy the workout as much as I did. I felt like I could have run a bunch more miles pretty easily. I really think this would be a great method to use to run the Princess Half if we make it in this year. It would be easy to stay together this way and still get a great workout.
I am a convert...now I need to order my own gym boss lol
I don't think I will use this for every run, but I am excited to try it on a double digit run and see if I can blow past that 10 mile wall I always seem to hit.
The final result...
Looking through my stats on 7 mile runs this is actually a really good run. I have a few I ran right at 1:08 this winter but I have a bunch from last summer that took as long as 1:11 and 1:12.
Since I wear a heart monitor I compared calorie burns also...most of my 7 mile runs average between 660 - 680, my Garmin calculated this to be 625, but honestly because of the speed work I think my muscles got a great workout and I feel like that little bit is nothing to worry about.
Look at my cool pace and heart charts...I am so nerdy
Galloway is a genius...
|Done and happy|
What a great way to start the week!
Have you ever tried the Galloway method? Skeptic or believer? Do you think I am creating a bad habit by taking a walk break?