Old Goal, New Focus

My Injinji toe socks. While a pain in the butt to put on, once on correctly, they do an amazing job of protecting my overly sensitive feet.

My Injinji toe socks. While a pain in the butt to put on, once on correctly, they do an amazing job of protecting my overly sensitive feet.

One of the things that has been on my bucket list since I started running was finishing a marathon. I have toyed with this in the past, especially before running the past two half marathons. In the midst of actually running, I was positive I would never want to run further. Today, I am pretty sure that I have a full marathon in my future.

I have been running 3 miles at a minimum but mostly either 4 or 5 miles with each trip to the gym. It has all been treadmill mileage but 14 – 18 miles in a week have been adding up. If the week goes well, I run 5 miles on Sunday, 4 on Monday, 4 on Wednesday, and 4 – 5 on Fridays. So with the higher Friday run, that is 18 miles in all. This is what I did this week, except for the fact that I ran 5 on Friday morning and then again 5 today.

I’m still using the Galloway method, and the GymBoss as a timer to get my run/walk ratios down to a science. Mostly, I have been using a 3 to 1 ratio of running for three minutes, walking for one minute. My run intervals have been pushed faster after warm up, still retaining sub ten minute miles back to back. When I move my runs outside, it will be interesting to see what my speed is – but is sure to be slower than inside but less painful than it has ever been thanks to the walk breaks that have become an integral part to my current success.