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.