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More of Jeff Galloway

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I never heard of Jeff Galloway until a year ago when I started reading books about running. So, even though my Galloway Team members don't need it, I should have explained who Jeff Galloway is before I wrote my 2 previous blogs about him. He is an marathon Olympian (1972), currently the # 1 best selling author of running books, he writes a monthly article in Runner's World magazine, he's been a part of Disney marathons and half marathons for over 20 years and is the official Disney marathon trainer. He's trained more than 200,000 people personally to run. He has groups following his method currently in 85 cities including the one I'm joining in Lakeland. He wrote "Running Until You're 100" and he advocates run-walk-run. He just recovered from a broken hip (he tripped and fell down stairs) and started his post-PT rehab with 5 seconds of running and 55 seconds of walk. He's 67 years old. So now you know.

One other thing he suggested to me is when I have a day I just don't feel like running, do my slow warm up and then run 30 seconds and walk 30 seconds. He said many people who just aren't feeling it recover the joy of running when they do that. Today in my 3.25 mile workout I ran one mile straight to get ready for my pace test on Saturday. The rest of the workout I tried the 30/30 seconds and can see why it would remotivate someone. I wasn't even breathing hard, but was getting some of those real good running feelings that are probably beta endorphins.

My related thoughts: Running should be filled with joy. Run Happy, all who can run. Celebrate any day you are healthy enough to run. If not, enjoy what you can do. Once you get over the initial inertia, exercise is fun; exercise is play; exercise is something to be enjoyed.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/13/2012 1:48PM

    Thank you for explaining. He sounds like an amazing person. I feel the same way about exercising in water that you feel about running. I've gotten to the point where I almost (not quite but almost) resent anything that cuts into my water exercise time. That's how much I love it! I hope you do well with your pace test! You can do it!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/12/2012 8:40PM

    Love his philosophy. When I run, I try to "run easy"... yes, with joy. Have good breathing. Walk when I need to, don't force it. We are going to have SUCH FUN in November! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/12/2012 5:15PM

    Thanks for the update and letting us know who he is....I kind of thought that.
So nice that you could met him!

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MIRAGE727 6/12/2012 4:55PM

    Marsha! You stole that last paragraph from my new book, "Mastering Lightning Turtle Speed!"
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This is exactly my philosophy of running! And anyone that asks a rookie of a runner like me about references always gets the same answer, Jeff Galloway! He gives us all a chance to embrace the glory of running. Thanks for sharing! Much luv...

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JOYINKY 6/12/2012 3:20PM

    "Once you get over the initial inertia, exercise is fun; exercise is play; exercise is something to be enjoyed. " I couldn't agree more; I might add exercise keeps you young! Thanks for the bio On Jeff Galloway; I had not heard of him.

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NOSMOHT 6/12/2012 3:15PM

    Jeff Galloway does a lot of stuff with RunDisney!

He seems fabulous for sure.

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_LINDA 6/12/2012 2:28PM

    That is awesome! Its great that you have the opportunity to be trained by his running method, because it looks like he is in it for the long haul and for fun. I certainly can see you running until you are a 100. looking forward to hearing all about your training sessions!

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EDUCGRAD 6/12/2012 2:19PM

    I had heard of his name,thanks for the info on him.

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Running in Balance

Monday, June 11, 2012

One of the many things I heard Jeff Galloway say in his presentation yesterday is that running helps to get the hunger-satisfaction response in balance. What I got out of it is that running can make you hungry, that is, hungry to replace the calories that you expend. But running helps get the mechanism that lets you know when you are full to work correctly, especially if it hasn't been functioning well. Seems to me that is exactly how I have experienced it, so that made a lot of sense to me.

  
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SHIELDAC 6/15/2012 9:34AM

    even a walk is better than nothing

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_LINDA 6/12/2012 2:32PM

    Wow! wouldn't that be a great benefit! I had not heard that about running! That is nice to know its working for you! I find that I am not all that hungry after my workouts and my standard meal satisfies me. For me, its all about keeping properly hydrated before during and after my workouts -that does make a difference too.
Keep up the great work and sharing your learning with us!

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REXTINE1 6/12/2012 11:11AM

    Fifty years ago I read a study that showed the number of calories people ate went down as exercise increased from zero, but later started up again as the amount of exercise increased more. The conclusion was that exercise helps you eat less, but as the needed calories go up it eventually increases the appetite to supply the food needed. It is always a good idea to keep moving.

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JOYINKY 6/12/2012 10:14AM

    Interesting concept; I'm not a runner but per the other comments I have a hunch that it has a LOT to do with raising your body temperature. Whether it's walking or gardening or hooping. Those days that I'm working up a sweat, I am less hungry. Just never made the connection.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/12/2012 8:22AM

    Interesting!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/12/2012 7:42AM

    Interesting! I'm glad that you got an opportunity to meet Jeff Galloway and to gather bits of wisdom from his years of experience.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/12/2012 6:39AM

    I have experienced this similarly. Swimming is an activity that makes me hungrier than running, in fact, because, I read in one of many, many things I picked up... running increases your body temperature as you exert yourself, and this suppresses appetite.

Swimming, in water that keeps your core temperature cooler, has no offsetting effect of appetite suppressing... so after a swim, ravenous... after a run, have to wait a bit for the ravenous to show up.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/11/2012 10:31PM

    I wonder if walking fast does the same thing. Since I started training for a long distance walk and doing fast walking instead of hard workouts 4 days a week I've been much less hungry and able to eat less at meals. My Bodybugg tells me I burn MORE calories in an hour of walking than an hour of a hard workout. Go figure. Great tip!

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I Met Jeff Galloway!!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Wish I'd had a camera. Several people did take their picture with him. He was positively inspirational. No disappointment nor letdown here.He was far more than I expected in so many ways. So personable. So encouraging. So inspirational. I got there early and he wanted to know all about my running experience and even thanked me for sharing my story. He was so kind and encouraging to everyone, even those he wanted to start at 5 seconds of running and 55 seconds of walking. I'm so glad I went and I'm looking forward to the group runs starting next Saturday.

  
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BEYONDLIMITS 6/12/2012 12:02PM

    That's wonderful that you got to meet him!

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REXTINE1 6/11/2012 3:41PM

    Good show.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/11/2012 9:37AM

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MEXGAL1 6/10/2012 8:43AM

    really cool!

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SONDRAJ20 6/10/2012 8:24AM

    That is so cool! I always read his columns in Runners World and find him very encouraging. I'm glad to hear that he's just as nice in person as he is "in writing".

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AQUAGIRL08 6/10/2012 8:08AM

    I'm glad you had a great experience! (Who is Jeff Galloway?)

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SEABREEZE64 6/10/2012 7:33AM

    So awesome!

Is Jeff healed after the broken hip?

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_LINDA 6/10/2012 1:12AM

    Fabulous! So glad you had an uplifting experience!! Enjoy your training! You will be running on cloud 9 :)

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JUNEPA 6/9/2012 10:19PM

    So great to have a motivator that walks the walk and is so personable and encouraging !!

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TBRANCH2 6/9/2012 9:45PM

    Good for you!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/9/2012 8:48PM

    Sounds great!

So how did your fitness test go? Was that today, too? Or is it yet to come?



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DOLLFACEDX 6/9/2012 8:27PM

    8-)

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Birthday Card and Rain with no Car

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Thanks, SparkFriends, for all my birthday greetings and goodies! Isn't SP great and SparkFriends just the best?? I had a great day and Sparks was a major part of it.

My favorite birthday card I must share with you:
front message: Seems like yesterday we were all young and sassy....
front picture: silhouette of young, sexy woman
inside message: But, hey, old and crotchety can be fun, too! Right? Right?!

Today I planned to go to the gym, but hubby had to go to the doctor and I didn't have a car. He had told me it was Friday, but at the last minute discovered he was wrong. It was downpouring outside. So I jogged around the house, up and down the hall and around for 20 minutes and then did another 20 minutes of low impact aerobics so far. I did occasionally have to pick up Gwen because she was crying, and jogging with an extra 26 pounds is probably not so good, but I did as good as I could. Some of the aerobics moves she copied and that was really cute.

Tonight we are going to a local SparkTeam dinner. How fun!!

Hope everyone is having a great healthy day!!

  
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/12/2012 12:19PM

    I am so glad you enjoyed your birthday! Good for you, too, doing the best you could with exercise when you were stuck at home! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REXTINE1 6/9/2012 3:20PM

    The card sounds great, and I missed your birthday, so happy unbirthday! I hope you had a good one.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/9/2012 10:40AM

    Happy belated birthday!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/9/2012 6:55AM

    Circles around the house, marching in place are great ways to make opportunities whereever you can.

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MEXGAL1 6/8/2012 7:27AM

    That was a great card. Love it!
Glad you had a good birthday.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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_LINDA 6/8/2012 3:20AM

    Love the card!
So sorry you didn't have access to the car when you could have used it.. Good alternative activity!
That is so neat you can get together with fellow Sparklers! Enjoy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/7/2012 9:56PM

    Way to roll with the punches!

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JOYINKY 6/7/2012 3:52PM

    emoticonThis is the best I can do! Glad you made the best of your day.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/7/2012 3:32PM

    Oh my goodness, what happened to your car??? I'm glad that you had a good birthday, Marsha. Also, am impressed at how clever you are with your "at home" exercise program. Way to go!

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BUFFALOKAY 6/7/2012 2:28PM

    Wow - a local SparkTeam dinner sounds like fun. Must be an active group in your area. Enjoy.

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Bring It On!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today's my 63rd birthday. You might think I'd be worried about getting older. But I'm a runner. I'm thinking more about two years from now. I move up an age group and am I going to be competitive then!! LOL That might be the year I need to enter all, well - a lot, of local 5Ks in order to rack up the bling. If you've been following my blogs you know that locally there is a woman 2 years younger than I who runs a 5K in 22 minutes. In other words, I aspire for second. Mostly I've placed third, but did get one second.

Wasn't I just saying that I want to be happy with running for fitness and health and ignore those trinkets and awards? Well, I'm a little ambivalent you know. There is definitely a competitive side of me that loves that recognition and accomplishment. I do want to run for a long, long time and don't want to do anything now that will keep me from running later.

This year I'm focused on training for the half marathon in November. I am trying not to run for trinkets, but I'm excited that there is a finisher medal for every finisher in the half marathon. It's even made where it comes apart and has a necklace to wear separately. Now that's a trinket I look forward to earning!

Yesterday Aquagirl posted on my SparkPage that one of her water aerobics classmates asked if I was Gwen's mother or grandmother! I had stopped by the pool with Gwen to say hi yesterday after my workout. How sweet of Cyndi to pass on that compliment. However, the commenter must have poor eyesight or didn't look close at my skin. Anyway, what is age? Doesn't bother me. I love being a grandmother; I love being retired; I love being a runner. Age? Bring it on!!

  
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MIRAGE727 6/9/2012 5:03PM

    What the...how did I miss this! Mea Culpa! Marsha, I wish the best always for your many years to come and the most joyous times on all of your future runs. I will practice till I'm ready so we will run together one day. Much love!
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AQUAGIRL08 6/6/2012 9:24PM

    I personally think you look very young, Marsha! Obviously my friend did too! Being a runner at any age over 50 is an accomplishment. I'm in awe of you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/6/2012 7:02PM

    Happy Birthday! And congrats on being mistaken for "mom"! Eyesight at a pool? Couldn't recognize my own mother at 5 feet when I was 13... some of us are handicapped while working out wet! But FIT looks young, Marsha! Good for you!

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P.S. And I got hooked on bling last year, myself. LOVE finisher medals, esp. for 1/2 marathon distances... I need more!

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IAMWINNING 6/6/2012 4:55PM

    emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And more power to you on those 5K runs!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/6/2012 4:00PM

    Happy Birthday, my upbeat and cheerful friend! I am 53, and you are very encouraging that it's not so bad to have more birthdays! I don't really want to NOT have more birthdays, now, do I? emoticonI don't know what I would do if I couldn't walk, I tell ya! I'm not allowed to run (unless there's danger!), but I treasure my walks. I am going to a MADD walk sometime in October and will see just how fast my legs will walk me! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 6/6/2012 3:08PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you many more birthdays and getting to that next age bracket so you can leave that "youngster" behind and collect your bling-ha ha!

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Pat

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-PAULA 6/6/2012 2:05PM

    Happy Birthday! Best wishes on your upcoming half marathon! I may do that one again this year too.

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MEXGAL1 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Happy, Happy birthday Marsha!

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COOP9002 6/6/2012 10:11AM

    Happy Birthday!!! Let us know how your half-marathon adventure goes.

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JOYINKY 6/6/2012 10:02AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Marsha!! You wear those birthdays well!

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_LINDA 6/6/2012 9:56AM

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Happy, Happy birthday Marsha! You are one rocking 63 year old!! And there is nothing wrong with being competitive -its the Spark that keeps us going!
Keep on running, you are doing great!

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CAT609 6/6/2012 9:45AM

    Bravo! Happy Birthday to you!! Have a wonderful day! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CEKNIGHT 6/6/2012 9:44AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! Keep up the great work!

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