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Ran my first marathon on Sunday using the Galloway method. The first 1/2 of the race I warmed up in the first mile running 5 minutes walking 30 seconds then switched to a 4/30 ratio. In the second 1/2 I did more 4/1 and 3/1 splits. Somewhere around mile 24 I started walking for 2 minutes and running for 3 or more if I could. I had a very nervous stomach before and during the race - this made it difficult to hydrate and take my gels without throwing up... - which by the way I didn't let bother me.. I gave myself until 4:45 in my mind to finish - truly wanted to finish in 4:30. I was on track at the half at a time of 2:14 and at around mile 20. I believe it took me an hour to finish the last 4 miles.. So I finished in a somewhat respectable 4:41:11... I trained alone, I ran the marathon alone and using this method helped a 38 year old mom who just started running 2 years ago cross a big one off of my life list. I am not as sore as I expected to be in most areas- I really think the walking is such a great recovery tool. My "magic mile" is faster than I ever expected - it was a 7:16 last I checked...
Uncle Steve - thought of you during my race - I hope you had a great race experience also.
For those who say the Galloway method doesn't work - I think I am living proof that it does - I did every long run in the 26 week program and I had no INJURIES!!!! Two days post race I feel great - the stairs may be my friend again in a day or two but it makes you realize the accomplishment of completing the race...
"Luck is what you have left after you give 100 percent..."
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CONGRATULATIONS SHELLY!!! You ROCK!!!
You've accomplished something less than 1% of the population can match Shelly. Bask in your victory.
It's amazing how much your RR (Race Report) reflects my own Sunday experience at Vermont City. (My RR is in the Boomers & Beyond forum.) My goal time was also 4:30, and my net time was 4:40:55...a mere 16 seconds away from yours. My 1/2 time was 2:12:12, less than 2 min off your 1/2 time. However, VCM had a significant hill at mile 15 so my 20 mile time slipped quite a bit. But I hung on and even finished strong, only 11 minutes off my goal. Another similarity we shared (unfortunately) was a feeling of nausea. For me it started around 18 and lasted until about an hour after I finished, but like you, I was able to run thru it.
Shelly, your 4:41 is more than just "respectable", it's downright awesome! Completing a marathon (and enjoying it!) after only two years of running is an astounding accomplishment. You should be very, very proud of yourself. I am so happy you had a great experience.
As for Gallo-Running, you are right. It's not for everybody (what is?), but for many people it's perfect. I also feel great today. And injury free. I did 4 easy miles this morning as I try to recover, yet stay fresh, because I'm doing a half marathon this coming Sunday in Simsbury, CT. I credit run/walking for allowing me to do this.
Thanks for sharing your RR Shelly. Savour your success...maybe with some Ben & Jerry's to calm that nervous stomach. You did great!
WOHOOO Shelly, thrilled to hear your story...if you scroll down mine from Fargo on May 19th is in here too. I also had an amazing first marathon.
So exciting!!! congrats!!!
Korbels - I read your race before just days before my race. It kept my thinking very positive regardless of weather reports and a nervous stomach. I did tear up reading about your seeing your DW on the course - I felt the same seeing my family and having my 10 year old jump out of the spectator line and run me to the finish... I am planning on a 1/2 in October but am starting to consider another Full Marathon.. Thanks for the kind words. Congratulations on a great first race..
Congrats, Shelly. You've given me inspiration. I have been running for a little over a year now and hope to do a marathon within the next three years. Maybe I can do it sooner. I'm only doing 5k's now and before the summer is out, plan to sign up for a 10k.
You are awesome!! So glad your family was/is supportive. That is so helpful. BTW, how old are you. I'm 51 and sometimes wonder about my ability to do long distances but am determined to persevere.
You're doing great and thanks for posting your story.
I'm 38 - but 2 years ago could not run around my block without stopping - its 1/2 mile.. I would say do the walk/run, stick to the long runs, cross train to avoid injury and try at least 1 -1/2 marathon before tackling a full one..
Good luck - I'll be looking for your race report!!!