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The 26.2 with Donna
The 26.2 with Donna is just a few days away, so I figured it was about time for me to make a decision – half vs. full marathon. As much as I wanted to run the full marathon, I just didn’t get in the training miles these last few weeks. My longest run in 2015 has been 14 miles, and I just don’t think that’s enough to get me through it without an injury.
So last night I registered for the Donna Half Marathon. I’m at peace with my decision, and I’m looking forward to running it with my best friend. We’re going to wear matching outfits.
Even though I’m not running a marathon this weekend, I’m continuing my marathon training. My plan is to run a marathon in the spring, and it looks like the perfect (almost TOO perfect) opportunity has fallen in my lap. I’m not ready to officially announce it yet, but I might be traveling to run a marathon soon. And it might involve my passport.
I promise to update you when it’s official.
Jeff Galloway Blogger Program
Since we’re discussing exciting news AND marathon training, it seems like the perfect time to tell you that I’ve been selected to participate in the brand new Jeff Galloway Blogger Program! Happy dance! I’ve often thought that I should be writing for Jeff Galloway since I’m already such a huge fan of his training program (I even have a Galloway Training category on my homepage). It’s like they read my mind. Or maybe they just read my blog.
Anyway, like I said, the program is completely new and I’m not really all that sure yet what being a “Galloway Blogger” means. I do know that I’ll be receiving exclusive announcements, promotions, tips, and advice from Jeff that I’ll be sharing with you here. And this week, Jeff is passing along some of his best running tips.
Training and Motivation Tips by Olympian Jeff Galloway
- When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.
- A well-paced run enhances vitality for the rest of the day. Start each run at least 30 seconds a mile slower than you will run at the end.
- If you have a Run Walk Run strategy that is right for you on that day, it’s possible to feel good after every run-even the marathon.
- Running is the best stress reliever I’ve found. Research shows that running tends to activate the conscious brain which over-rides the emotional subconscious brain and manages the negative and anxiety hormones during and after the run.
- Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens. A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
- The finishing of a run that is longer than you’ve run in the last 3 weeks can bestow a sense of achievement that is unique and empowering-due to positive brain circuits that are turned on.
- You can’t run a long run too slowly or take too many walk breaks. You’ll get the same endurance based upon the distance covered.
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I think the half was a smart decision- better than risking injury! Oh and those outfits are great- I say go for it! 🙂
Oh, I’m so excited to hear what’s next for you!
Good luck this weekend! You’re going to do great with the half! I think you made the right choice!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
Sounds like you are making a really smart decision by doing the half. Sometimes we have to alter our training to avoid injury. It’s always hard but sounds like you have some exciting travel coming up! Can’t wait to see your outfit for this weekend
I will probably not be dressed as a boob, but you never know. 🙂