I set out on my long run yesterday, and thought I'd try the Jeffing method jeffgalloway.com/training/
It's a bit of a faff to work out the run/walk intervals, so I just opted for 30s run/30s walk.
In one way, this technique makes sense, on another it is counterintuitive! How can it be faster?
Well, I have to say, it works brilliantly! By mile 5, I was feeling fresh as a daisy, not tired at all. And the "run" bits were getting quicker, even though I wasn't really trying. (By this point I was running a 9.30 m/mile for the run bits). I can barely hold that pace in a 5k. At mile 6, I was still holding the pace and kept going "OMG, this can't be true".
I still felt great and ploughed on. Even though it was very hot, I wasnt tiring at all. So, like Forrest Gump I kept going...and going. Called it a day at mile 9, and ran home. 10 miles in 1.54.30.
In reality, using this technique I've likely run 6 miles and walked 4. But apart from the heat, and a very slight niggle on my weak calf, it was easy. It's not the fastest run ever, but it's not bad, especially with a leap up from a 10k to 10 mile distance in one go.
I still feel good this morning, I dont ache as much as normal. I'm tempted to go back and read up/learn the technique in more depth.