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12/1/14 4:54 P

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Hi LINFHALL, welcome back to running and welcome to the Galloway method. To get this most out of this approach, my recommendation is to follow the plan as developed by Jeff Galloway. Choosing the best training pace and related intervals should be based on your current fitness level. The way to determine that is to do a time trial. like a "magic mile" or use the results of a recent 5K, if you have run one at what you think was your best pace.

Jeff has a calculator that you can use to determine training pace and also the recommended intervals to use for that pace. This is based on years of his working with thousands of runners and is a very good place to start.

Read all about it here:

For a 14 minute mile, Jeff recommends :30/:30 intervals.

Edited by: LIVE2RUN4LIFE at: 12/1/2014 (16:55)

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I've experimented with various run / walk intervals, and the one that works for me is 2:00 / 0:30. I just set a PR of 58:15 in my 3rd 10K, so it works for me. Having said that, try different ratios and find the one you are most comfortable with.

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11/30/14 7:28 P

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Quick history: I started run/walking 10 years ago, even completing a marathon using 5/1 intervals, though I stress fractured my tibia as a result of the race. Due to forced rest, no new goal, meeting my husband, getting married, having kids, etc; I haven't run consistently in about 8 years. I started a walking program last spring and have started run/walking again. Currently I'm doing 3/2 intervals. My goal right now is to take my long run slowly up to 5 miles ( right now it's 3), and complete a 5k under 40 minutes. The question I have is what kind of interval I should use. My original plan was to slowly advance to 5/1 again. Then I started reading all about the Galloway method and really liked the sound of it. Should I continue to 5/1, or try shorter intervals? My current pace is 14 minute miles. All advice appreciated.

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