I have an app for c25k and one for jeff galloway that alerts you to the times to run or walk. I also turn on an app called i runner on my iphone that gives me times, distances and maps of my workouts whether they are walks, runs, hikes or bike rides. What would we do without technology? lol
I have a Garmin watch that I can set to beep at whatever intervals I want it to and however many repeats. For example, since I didn't run for a few months and am sort of starting over because of the hot summer, I set it for 30 sec for running and 30 sec for walking and I had set it for 15 repeats (a total of 15 minutes). The other day I increased it to 17 repeats, and will increase the number of repeats. You can set it to whatever times you want. Before the summer I was doing 1 min run/1 min walk except when I was out on hiking trails, and then I would set it for 1 min run/2 min walk because the trails are tougher. That way I don't have to worry about watching the time. There is a report at the end that shows me how many miles I did. I'm increasing by the time I spend running rather than by distance. I also have an app on my Droid phone that is called Runkeeper and is free. I can set intervals on it too but haven't used it for that yet, but use it for distance. You can upload the results of each one to a web page at the end of the session, just by setting up the webpage first, then after each event just choose Save on the screen. You can also set whether it's for running, walking, hiking, biking, or other events. I use it a lot to keep track of the distance and time of my hikes. It will also show elevation changes, average pace, etc. Those are just a few suggestions.
Like Seabreeze62, I too use Jeff Galloway's method, I think it keeps me healthy and injury free. But keeping track of time is hard for me. I heard Joan Benoit Samuelson (first woman olympic marathon gold medal winner 1984) talking about Jeff Galloway's method, and she said, the way she looks at it, you run when you want to run and walk when you want to walk. That kinda sank in with me.
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I'm 56 and I too have a fear of injury from running nonstop. I also started C25K a couple times, never finished. I joined a running group at the gym, most others there were younger and I saw several with injuries. Our coach didn't want us to walk. I started reading Jeff Galloway method incorporated his run/walk into my long runs. I am not a fast runner but with run/walking, I can endure for long distances.
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I'm interested in the Jeff Galloway method. How do you use it as a beginner not training for a race just wanting to be fit and stay healthy. I am currently running 2 miles 3 x week. I have been using the c25k intervals. I think I would like to transition to more reasonable intervals for my 16 min mile pace. Should I use 30 sec run and 60 second walk and increase by about 1/4 mile a week?
I am 62 and a Galloway runner. I use intervals for all of my runs.
I, too, finished the C25K program - about 2 1/2 years ago - and switched to the Galloway method a couple months after finishing. I am very happy I did. I just thought the continual running was too hard on my body. Since then I have completed 3 half marathons and I am signed up for 2 so far this winter. I am not the fastest "chick" in the race, but I finish and have not ever been picked up by the "draggin behind wagon."
I read Jeff Galloway's book RUNNING UNTIL YOU ARE 100 and this convinced me his run-walk-run method was the way I wanted to train.
If you are interested there is a Galloway team on Spark that offers a lot of good advice on utilizing Galloway so that you can run, injury free, for years and years.
I am 65 and weigh 185. I began the c25k program in July and with repeating a couple of weeks just completed wk 5 day 2 where I ran two 8 minute segments separated by a 5 min walk. I went 2.05 miles at an avg pace of 15:50. The next run is scheduled for Friday. This is supposed to be a 5 min warmup, a 20 min run and 5 min cooldown. I have been reading some Jeff Galloway information and am wondering if instead of doing this for my 3rd run of the week, I should run/ walk intervals of 30 sec / 60 sec as he suggests for my pace for a total distance of 3 miles (including 5 min warm up and 5 min cooldown).
I tried the c25k program over a year ago and wasn't able to get this far due to ITB problems. I am being very careful to listen to my body and to stretch well after my runs. I am enjoying running and don't want to injure myself.
I would appreciate feedback and comments from more experienced master runners.
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