Better late then never! So not all of Debi's minions are elite racers and triathletes, she is equally as helpful to those of us weekend warriors/little kid mommas/full time working women who have only in my 30s picked up running as a mental, emotional, and physical enhancement to my life.
I am not fast, I have never been fast. I am not super strong, every run feels like effort. I am consistently an 11-12 minute mile runner. But I enjoy it, and while I would love to put in some respectable times, it does not consume me or stop me from carrying on with what I do.... which is 11-12 minute miles.
This March I did the Palmetto 200 as an ultra relay team which meant I have five separate runs over 33 hours which added up to about 33.7 miles for me. This would be by far my biggest running challenge and both Debi and my teammates (who have run with me for YEARS) calculated for this distance and these less than ideal circumstances I should run in the 13s. Fine. I thought I could possibly get into the low 12s.
I followed Debi's plan for me, though I was not good about doing any heart rate monitoring, and I changed my diet to include some amazing protein shakes and intermittent fasting. I felt ready and I felt great. Over all 33.7 miles I averaged 10:37! That is what I call respectable. Its not elite but considering where I started and what I was shooting for I will take it! I shaved off over an hour from our projected team time just on my runs alone.
If anyone ever wants to do a road relay, I'm in. Its fun, its a break from the individual grind of competition. Lets do it! ... See MoreSee Less