Just in case you haven't heard of him --- Jeff Galloway is a US Olympian, the Disney Endurance Events Official Training Consultant and Founder of the Galloway Marathon Training Program (RUN-WALK-RUN™ method). This method has helped a lot of runners all over the world, including myself!
Yes, I am a Galloway Girl and I owe all my PRs to this method. I usually do this with my friends who pace me. I have tried doing an all run versus the run-walk-run doing the same distance for both and I realized, I finished at the exact same time. Only with the Galloway method, I looked and felt less beaten and exhausted.
Here's a picture of me and my friend, Gail, with Mr. Galloway at the Disneyland Half Marathon at the Disney Health Expo last month...
Meeting Mr. Galloway
And here's the first part of his video....
Run – Walk – Run Method
The Jeff Galloway Run – Walk – Run method has helped thousands of runners get started. By alternating running with walking you conserve energy, reduce fatigue, reduce injuries and run farther. How fast do you need to run and walk? Once you decide your minute per mile goal, you adjust your run – walk pace accordingly. Let’s get training.
As you know, Jeff Galloway isn't the only one who doesn't believe in stretching before a run. There's still an ongoing debate about it but I say do what works best for you. I have tried stretching and not stretching before a run and personally, I feel better when I do a fast walk first then progressing into a slow jog for about 3 minutes and then doing some light stretching after. This method of warming-up works well for me and complements the run-walk-run that I do after.
The Galloway method really works well for me since I feel it helps me conserve enough energy so I can kick it during the last few miles.
- Your thoughts on this method?
- Have you ever tried the Galloway method before? If not, are you willing to give it a try?
- Do you stretch before a run or not?