Friday Five : I survived !

Wow, the last Friday  in October ! I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for today’s theme which is of my choice.

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I started training for my first marathon a month ago, so here are five thoughts or observations about the past four weeks, which I not only survived but thrived upon.

 

Five things about month one  of marathon training :

1.  I am proud that I have faithfully followed my training plan : three to four runs a week with various cross training. I took advantage of the great fall weather and only had to do one treadmill run.

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2. I love that  I have run 3 to 4 times a week completely pain free. Not to say that my shin does not tighten once in a while and I do get a niggle in and around my right knee once in a while, but I can confirm there has been no pain.

3. I learned how much nutrition and proper fueling influence performance. I had a really crappy week 2  because I ate poorly, but was glad for the experience.

4. Getting up early to run before work is completely possible and do-able with my schedule. If I am up at 7 and out by 7:30 I can still be to work around 9.

5. I successfully used the Galloway Run / walk / run method to run the Vincennes Half Marathon. I am following his training plan but had never used the method on such a long distance. Learned a lot with that race too.

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Not sure what the next 2 weeks will be like because I have a lot of travel, so I foresee more hotel treadmill runs in my near future.

Are you training for a race this month ? What did you like or learn ? Any advice for me ?

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Comments: 20

  1. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy October 30, 2015 at 10:17 am Reply

    This summer was the first time I loosely followed Galloway & it worked well for me.

    I love that there’s been no pain. Winning!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:37 am Reply

      I love it too !

  2. Kelli October 30, 2015 at 11:35 am Reply

    It sounds like this training cycle has really been going well for you! I’m not following Galloway, per se, but my new coach does make use of run/walk intervals as he is building up my volume. I definitely think there is something to be said for that approach in keeping us injury free!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:38 am Reply

      This is my first real training cycle so I wanted to choose something manageable. So far so good.

  3. Coco October 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Glad your training is off to a good start! I need to get up before 5 to get my run in before work, but that’s because I need to be at work before 8 to beat the horrible traffic.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:39 am Reply

      5 is too early for me ! And my work schedule is somewhat flexible.

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner October 30, 2015 at 6:18 pm Reply

    yay for running pain free! Have a great weekend
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

      Thank you too Deborah

  5. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets October 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Nice job! It feels good to get all those runs in and it’s even better when you don’t feel any serious pain!
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:43 am Reply

      Definitely !

  6. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness October 30, 2015 at 11:28 pm Reply

    So glad you are able to run pain free! I am also using the Galloway method during my marathon training. I’ve suffered way to long with an injury and am afraid too much running long distance will trigger it again. I am thankful for the walk breaks! Good luck with the rest of your training!

    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:43 am Reply

      It is working really well for me so far. Will be interesting to compare notes with you in a couple months time.

  7. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home October 31, 2015 at 1:07 am Reply

    I’m still not running pain free–my plantar fasciitis won’t let me forget about it–but for the most part I feel pretty good! Is this your first marathon?
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply

      Aie, hope your foot gets better. Yes, it is my first marathon and I just want to enjoy the ride and finish, (relatively) pain free.

  8. HoHo Runs October 31, 2015 at 2:29 am Reply

    You are doing great Karen! Just keep it up and trust your plan.
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    • Karen - Fit in France October 31, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply

      Thanks. Am really happy. So far so good.

  9. John @ run. geek. run(disney) November 1, 2015 at 9:24 pm Reply

    I love the Galloway plan. So happy to hear you’re off to a great start. Keep it up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

      Thanks John. So far so good !

  10. Carrie@familyfitnessfood.com November 2, 2015 at 5:33 am Reply

    What interval breakdown do you do for Galoway? I try to do a 2:1 run:walk. I love the break of the pace to rest my feet.

    Keep up the good work!!!!
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    • Karen - Fit in France November 2, 2015 at 7:57 am Reply

      I am doing 4 : 1 at the moment. So far its working for me.

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