I’m still plugging away on my January “Someday”: running and walking 1200 miles this calendar year. My routine has changed throughout the year with the changing seasons and circumstances. In the early months I did quite a few miles on the treadmill as I waited for dawn to arrive so I could finish my daily miles outside with my dogs. I live in a resort town, so during the summer months I’ve tried to be out the door no later than 6:00 in order to avoid the crowds of vacationers running, walking, and biking on our trails.
Whether I’m on the treadmill or outside, one of the pieces of my routine that doesn’t change is my running. I consider myself a runner, but I do enjoy walking, as well. However, when I run, I do not run continuously. As the well known running coach Jeff Galloway recommends, I run with walk breaks – a form of interval training. A problem has arisen for me, though, in how I refer to my workouts. I am an extremely honest person and I feel uncomfortable saying, “I went for a 3-mile run this morning,” when I actually took walk breaks in that run. Lately, I’ve been using the cumbersome term, “run-walk” as in, “I ran-walked 3-miles this morning.” As I was motoring along during my 3-mile run-walk this morning, I was pondering this issue when a lightening idea struck. From now on, I will combine the two words and I will RALK! When you say the word “ralk” it sounds like “rock”. I’m feeling pretty good saying this out loud: I ralked 3 miles this morning!”