Since I skipped intervals on Saturday in order to simply survive the hills on our route, I knew I needed to get them in this morning during my 5 miles on the 'mill. I was feeling pretty sluggish this morning, likely due in part to having woken up at 4 instead of the planned 5:15.
I started out doing the intervals after 10 minutes of walking and jogging. The training program called for 10 x 4 minute intervals at 10-Miler pace, with 30 second recovery (jog) breaks. During the 5th interval I was really running out of steam--in fact, I wasn't sure that I would be able to finish the intervals--so I decided to switch to 30 second WALK breaks instead of trying to stick to slow running. [An aside: I am reading Jeff Galloway's Half Marathon book right now, not in preparation for the 10-Miler but for a possible half later this year. I get the feeling that our 10-Miler coach wants us to jog/slow run through rest breaks rather than walking, although I have not discussed this with him directly.]
Anyway, after that 5th interval I walked for 30 seconds during each rest break between intervals, and I not only finished all 10 intervals, I even picked up my speed a little during the final interval. This makes me wonder if the Galloway walking break theory might be a better idea than I had originally thought. Was it just a mental trick, or was I really more rested after those brief 30 seconds of walking? And can I get over the feeling that walk breaks are somehow "cheating"??
What about you? I would LOVE to hear from anyone out there who has read and/or tried Galloway's run/walk method. Do you like it? Do you think it gives you a better overall pace? A better recovery? Or do you feel like this is cheating?
LET ME HEAR FROM YOU!!!