New Pace Group
Today was my first long long run with my new pace group. Ever since starting Galloway training 2 years ago, I've been running with the 2:1 group. I occasionally tried 2:30/1, but didn't want to switch to a new group when training for my first marathon last year. Now that I have that behind me, I'm willing to push myself a little more and see what I can really do. We ran 8.25 miles today at an average pace of 12:08 min/mile. I don't think I've ever ran this distance so fast, but it felt good. I wasn't struggling (much) despite the heat and humidity, so I think this group will workout great for this aggressive marathon season I have planned.
This week I realized how much I love and depend on this group. I have a friends list on facebook of all the people I've met through the group and it is nearing 40! They are an amazing group of gals that I would have never had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know without this group. In previous years, I always joined the group in October and only for the Saturday long runs. This year I'm joining them from the very beginning for all 3 workouts each week: Tempo/Hills on Tuesdays, Track on Thursdays, and Long Runs on Saturdays. I'm already seeing a difference in my running because I can be more consistent when I run with a group and push myself a tad more than I would on my own. I feel really strong and the walk breaks help me go further and faster without getting injured.
Sharing the Galloway Love Giveaway
As part of our registration fee into the program, we receive a Galloway Book and Training Journal, which is the same every year. Since this is my third season training with the group, I have duplicates of these books that have never been touched. I do not use the journal since I log all my runs online at dailymile, and I only need one book for reference, so I'm sharing the love and giving away the duplicate copies.
Galloway Training Programs Book
This book includes training schedules for beginners and time goal runners for a 10-miler, a half marathon or a marathon. It also has information on nutrition, issues for the "mature" exerciser, motivation and recovery plus some new concepts: Magic Mile, shorter "long"runs between the really long weekend sessions.
Jeff Galloway's Training Journal
As you record your daily efforts in this spiral-bound training tool, Jeff will lead you through the process of setting up a training program, step by step. Not only can you set up and record your progress for a year at a time, you'll be able to analyze the data in tables: logs for shoes, injuries, speed sessions. Graphs for morning pulse will help you monitor overtraining.
How to Enter
Post one comment letting me know why you want to try the Galloway training method (visit jeffgalloway.com for details) and whether you are interested in the training book, the journal, or both (only 1 prize per person, but you can enter both drawings).
For additional entries, spread the word about this giveway in your blog, twitter, etc and post a link (in the same comment) to each announcement (1 additional entry per announcement). Followers of my blog get an additional entry, but be sure to let me know you are a follower when you comment (you can become a follower today).
You have until Friday, June 25th at midnight (eastern time) to enter. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced next weekend. Good luck!