Atlantic City Marathon Series Weekend: Part 1 – Before Galloway

I just had the most amazing weekend, let me tell you about it. (part 2, part 3, and part 4)

As you’ve read before, I’ve started using the Jeff Galloway method of run/walk/run in the past year. I hesitated off and on to committing to it wholeheartedly at first, as I thought I would use it to get back up to running non-stop. I first used it last winter to get up to 6 miles running without any issues, then I dove into the elimination diet and the wheels came off my running wagon until later in June.At first, I used the Galloway method to get back to non-stop running. Then switched to an app I had purchased to take me the rest of the way this summer. What happened though this summer was that every time I ran for more than 20 minutes, I ended up with pain in my knees. This wasn’t a positive sign I’ll ever complete my goal of running long distances again.

So, I nervously went back to Galloway’s method and within weeks I was back up to 5-6 miles running without pain, running for over an hour. Well, run, walk, running. I kept to a 3-minute run, 1-minute walk at first, then read further that he recommended 30-second walk breaks. With that in mind, I dropped to a 1:30 minute run and a :30 walk rotation.

I felt great. I loved this method, but I was afraid to tout it to others. Was I really a runner if I took strategic walk breaks? I know they walk in ultramarathons, but who walks for any less mileage than 26.2+? I felt embarrassed at first.

Later in August, I realized that Jeff Galloway was going to be not too far from where I live to give a workshop on his r/w/r method. He was to present at the Atlantic City Marathon Series weekend! I was giddy with excitement because while new to this method, I could already feel it was for me (even if I wasn’t ready to shout it from the rooftops). I signed up for his workshop and figured I’d drive down by myself, learn from him, and drive home.

A few weeks later, I started thinking, what if I made an overnight trip out of it with Chris. I decided I would do either the 5k or the 10k before his workshop. Chris was in on the idea, but he suggested we stay after the workshop overnight, too. Hmmm… That got me to thinking…

Why not sign-up for the 5k on Saturday and then the Half Marathon the next morning on Sunday? I have been trying to achieve completing my 2nd half marathon for, oh, 10 years now.

Yes, that’s right. It’s been 10 years since my first half marathon in 2007, and 2 major attempts and fails due to injury or mental blockage kept me from getting back up there. This was B.G. – before Galloway.

I told Chris, I’m going to do it. I’m going to run 16.2 miles in one race weekend. The longest I’ve ever run. period.

I would sign up for both days of racing, complete the “King Neptune Challenge” and get that extra medal. I mean, why not? I was going to be in the area for both days anyway, how can I not run the races that would be flying past outside my hotel room window? Especially after taking a workshop with Jeff Galloway.

I booked the hotel, I booked the races, and I sheepishly told no one of my plans. I was terrified I’d end up another failure on my way to achieving my goal once again. This time, I wasn’t going to feel as though I failed, because no one really knew about it. If it didn’t happen, no one would be the wiser, except for me.

Then three weeks out from the race, after getting in a nice 9 mile run the week before, I had super cold feet. And then I emailed the race directors to find out if I could drop down or out of the races I signed up for…

More on the 5k race recap tomorrow!