I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected as a participant in the Jeff Galloway Blogger Program!
The Jeff Galloway method of training is near and dear to my heart. I first heard of the former Olympic athelete’s brilliant #runwalkrun method of running endurance races through his position as runDisney’s training guru. When I decided to undertake my very first half marathon, it was only because his method of training gave me the faith that I could build up to and accomplish that goal.
I would not be a runner without Jeff Galloway. I would not have done my very first runDisney race, my two Goofy Challenges (or raised funds for RODS Racing), or my proudest personal running accomplishment – the Chicago Marathon – without what I learned about running from Jeff Galloway.
Curious about the #runwalkrun principles and why they’re so powerful? Here are a few tips, direct from the man himself:
When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.
A well-paced run enhances vitality for the rest of the day. Start each run at least 30 seconds a mile slower than you will run at the end.
If you have a Run Walk Run strategy that is right for you on that day, it’s possible to feel good after every run-even the marathon.
Running is the best stress reliever I’ve found. Research shows that running tends to activate the conscious brain which over-rides the emotional subconscious brain and manages the negative and anxiety hormones during and after the run.
Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens. A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
The finishing of a run that is longer than you’ve run in the last 3 weeks can bestow a sense of achievement that is unique and empowering-due to positive brain circuits that are turned on.
You can’t run a long run too slowly or take too many walk breaks. You’ll get the same endurance based upon the distance covered.
Do you use the run/walk/run method? Are you willing to try?