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A Couple More Things Jeff Galloway Said

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jeff Galloway said in his presentation a couple weeks ago that if you are unable to complete half or full marathon training as written (illness, emergency, life, etc.), that when you start training again you should walk the full scheduled amount, but just run-walk-run the amount of your last workout. In his example, you had run-walked-run 4 miles (after warm up) but then missed two weeks. The scheduled workout for the date is 7 miles. He suggested you warm up and run-walk-run 4 miles and then walk the additional 3 miles and consider yourself back on plan. I hope I never have to use this technique, but it seems like a sensible way to restart.

He also said that there are two ways to approach hilly race courses. One is to train for hills and the second way is not to train for hills. He suggested that if you don't train for them, you simply walk more on the hills. He even commented that he knows people who have achieved a personal record by walking more on the hills and running more on the flat areas. Because I believe my injury was related to overdoing hills, I'm glad to know this option. Perhaps something in between, like a little hill training and a little more walking on the hilly parts, ought to work. The Lakeland half marathon I signed up for on November 9th has a hillier course than I had hoped.

Although I'm not planning to run in Denver, I thought it was interesting that Jeff Galloway said that people who run in our heat and humidity usually don't have trouble running in altitude. He said that the effect of altitude on the body, although not exactly the same, is similar to running in our climate.

My half marathon training has just started, but is going well. The Galloway program I am following has a lot of cushion. It could be done in about 3 months, but we are starting 5 months out. I ran one half marathon last year; plan to run three of them in the next 9 months. Looking forward to them!!!

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  • TERESA159
    More power to ya! I cannot even imagine running a half marathon. Jeff G does know what he's talking about. You are rocking the running thing!
    1700 days ago
    Sounds like great advice from someone who knows what he is doing. You will do a great job, there is no doubt in my mind!
    1701 days ago
    That is great advice. Thank you!
    1701 days ago
  • FLGIRL1234
    Wish I would have known about how to start back up after a couple weeks off last month. I am currently training for my first half right now (Rock N Roll Chicago 7/21) and when I got to the week where I needed to do 9 miles, I did and then got really sick for two weeks with a horrible hacking cough. I was completely freaking out about the training. I wasn't sure what to do when I picked it back up (by the way I am using the Jeff Galloway method too) so I felt it out and just picked up with the training (maybe not the smartest decision but I did the 12 miles perfectly that week). It was a little hard especially coming off from illness but I am glad I feel like I didn't miss a beat.

    Also, Living and training in Florida I hope that the humidity and heat runs will help me in Chicago next month. Who knows.
    1702 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2013 6:42:58 PM
    Miss Marsha, so glad you found this program as it sounds like such great advice.
    1702 days ago
    Solid advice.
    I am planning to do some running in Denver in August...I guess we'll see how that goes ;-)
    1702 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You are doing GREAT! So glad things are getting back on track for you. I never realized that running is such a science!

    1702 days ago
    You are going in to this prepared and ahead of schedule. Let's hope nothing derails you. You have worked hard for this.
    1702 days ago
    Great info about hills. Thanks for sharing!
    1703 days ago
    1703 days ago
    Sounds both sensible AND ambitious!!
    1703 days ago
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    Thank you for sharing this information! I have wondered what to do if training got interrupted.

    I am training for a half marathon in November. Starting at week 1 last week following Jeff Galloway's training plan. My dad is also training for this race--his first half marathon--and following Jeff Galloway. So good to hear this information. Also, training for hills is interesting. I suffered a lot of injuries in the past and I know that I messed up my knees in 2 very hilly races that I pushed myself to run (had done hill training but it may have been smarter to just walk them).

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    1703 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is very interesting about training after an injury that you start back where you left off. I wouldn't have thought that very wise.. Much common sense about dealing with hills. They make such a huge difference. I always feel it when I go to my Mom's and have to deal with the steep hills up and down the riverbank after being so used to the flats where I live.
    Both the heat and the heights would get to me as I live at sea level and its a moderate climate tending toward cool here. Its a great country to be motivated to workout to keep warm though ;) I really don't know how anyone can run at high heat and humidity. You certainly have my great respect!! You are just awesomesauce!!
    1703 days ago
    Ambitious we are, yesssss!? I've got three planned, two back to back... and that silly mandatory OT. Whatever... I will not give up being active. No... matter... what! Nor shall you!

    Recover, rest, run-walk-run! Gooooo, team! emoticon
    1703 days ago
    Well, I'm not so sure about the altitude comment. The one marathon that I had big trouble with was Ogden (Utah), which starts at 5,000 feet or so. I didn't think the altitude would affect me, but it sure did. (and I had definitely been training in the Texas heat).

    We go to Santa Fe every summer for a week (7,000+ feet). I definitely have to take it easy for several days. Drinking lots and lots of water helps.

    Oh, and I got a terrible sunburn in Ogden.
    I hope that the problems you had with "too much, too soon" with the hill repeats don't make you swear them off entirely. Done properly, there's nothing better for you.
    1703 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/25/2013 8:18:58 PM
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