Today I put on my "Mary the serious runner" hat and went out for another little training run, emphasis on the little because it was just two miles, but at least I got out there. I started out with a 1 mile warm up walk with Molly, because we are fortunate enough to have rainy temps in the 50's, so I was able to leave her in the car while I did my run. She gets so fussy and rambunctious when I don't take her with me for her walk that it makes me feel bad, so I'm taking her while the weather permits. Sadly that won't be much longer since it's supposed to get in the stupid 90's at the end of the week.
Today I set my run/walk ratio for 0.75/0.25 (miles of course), and while I still have some tweaking to do, I determined that doing my Galloway run/walk ratio by distance rather than time is definitely a better way to go for me. While I can't see my pace I at least know how far I'm going, which satisfies my need for a whole or half numbered distance. For instance my distance yesterday was 1.79 miles, which drove me INSANE thinking about it all day. It either has to be a whole or a half number (ie 2.5). Anything in between irks me because I am special like that. I feel like for pace I can just turn on RunKeeper or something. Like I said, the distance thing definitely works better for me and will be easier to calculate how many interval repetitions I'll need once I start going longer distances. Having a walk break of 0.25 miles was much too long though, and I think I might try 0.10 next time. Eventually I'd like to work up to having the run ratio be a mile and the walk portion be 0.10 or 0.15. I know as my stamina goes up, all of those details will work themselves out. I have to say, I'm very confident that really following the Galloway method is the right choice for me. Having my Garmin counting things down took a lot of stress and worry out of the run, and I can't believe I used to try to do this by mentally calculating the numbers and all of that. I mean what was I thinking!? I have to count on my fingers just to do simple math, why did I think I could Beautiful Mind my way through the Galloway Method? It helped mentally to know that a walk break was coming up, and I was able to let go of the angst and just run. I felt good although my legs are still so damn sore from the race Saturday. I may lay off tomorrow and let my legs recover.
I did pull my calendar out last night (I always get one just for workout stuff) and start to ponder when I am really starting to train in earnest. The plan I was originally using is 16 weeks, which would start me off in August. The plan on the Galloway site is 30 weeks, but I honestly think that's more beginner, "I've never done a race in my life" level. I think I might start two weeks ahead of the original schedule I was using, use the milage plan from my original training thing, but obviously Galloway it. I figure the two week jump start will give me a nice cushion so that I can repeat days if needed, or just in case I miss a run. Our July is a bit crazy, but I'm sure I can squeeze everything in since it'll be short runs to start.
The nutrition thing will take a little more planning and finesse, and I think it's just going to come down to me making a list of snacks and fast meals and sticking to it. I foresee a lot of prepping food into tupperwares in my future. Kind of annoying, but it's the only way really. Once training gets going I am also going to tweak the macro percentages in MFP for my protein, fat and carbs to make sure that I am hitting appropriate levels on those. Also, right now my calorie allotment is 1500 a day, which works fine for now but once I get into 5+ mile runs, I may bump that allotment up to 1650 a day. I'm hoping that extra 150 a day will strike the right balance of allowing for an extra snack a day so I won't be famished, while also keeping things on the level so I'm not overeating. I can always reevaluate one way or the other if I'm constantly starving or if I'm not losing weight.
Anyway, I am feeling much less worried than yesterday, and feel like I somewhat have a game plan in place. Now all I've got to do is just follow it. :)