February 11, 2015

Run Walk Run and some tips from Jeff Galloway!

What a surprise last week when we discovered we had been chosen as part of the Jeff Galloway blogger program.  While neither of us remember applying for the program, we certainly are grateful for the opportunity.  Our first set of tips arrived shortly after the email telling us we were part of the program and oh how these brought back memories.  Using the run-walk-run Galloway method was the way I ran my first marathon and second and third. Finishing the Goofy Challenge in 2013 with a huge smile and a hug with Mickey was wonderful!  Next was Dopey Challenge and that was an unbelievable weekend shared with Christine and in a way Jeff Galloway as we PR'd during the marathon using a 4/1 run walk as Jeff recommends!

The Jeff Galloway run walk run method has allowed many ordinary athletes like myself to become runners with such a simple thing as walk breaks!  Starting out and tackling a half or full marathon without any stops would be daunting for most of us.  But using Jeff's tried and true method of running for a certain time and then walking for another set time can give you the best chance of completing your race. Here are few tips from Jeff to share with you.

* If you have a Run Walk Run strategy that is right for you on that day, it's possible to feel good after every run-even a marathon.

* You can't run a long run too slowly or with too many walk breaks.  You'll get the same endurance based upon the distance covered.

* Research shows that as as runners get faster, their stride length shortens.  A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.

Everyone can run if they try run walk and you can earn PR's just like runners who never take a break. While I won't be running the Boston Marathon with the run walk method because of course crowding, it certainly was the way I achieved my qualifying time.  You can read more on my experience with Run Walk Run  here and here. Who else is a fan of run walk?

22 comments:

  1. I do!! I do power walk more than run intervals. I couldn't have done any of my races without it! Love your blog and posts! Thank You!

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    1. I'm so proud of your Dopey accomplishment Dink and look forward to seeing you next week. Thanks so much for being so supportive of us.

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  2. Congratulations you two!!! I don't run walk but have have considered it if I decide to do another marathon.

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    1. I think it makes all the difference when you run a marathon Mindy.

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  3. This is the perfect match, I love you two and I love Jeff Galloway. It sounds perfect. I could barely do a 5K before I discovered the run/walk method. Once I switched, I went from struggling to do a 5K to doing a half marathon in less than 3 months. It's how I survived the Dopey challenge. I am so excited to read more about it from you!! Congratulations!!

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    1. Thanks so much Lois. I wish we would see you next week at Princess. Maybe next year?

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  4. Congrats Pam and Christine! Quite the honor! I always use the run-walk method for all of my runs over 3 miles. It has definitely helped me in maintaining my endurance and helped me in being able to run longer distances.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, It is amazing how much energy you can conserve while using the run walk run method.

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  5. Congratulations on being part of the blogger program. I am still a die-hard Jeff Galloway fan. The thing is I can run distances without the walk breaks but I'm always slower overall because my pace slows down so much. When I take the walk breaks my run is more enjoyable and I'm faster, so why wouldn't I chose this method!

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    1. thanks so much Jen. We were excited to be chosen. I still need to try a 1/2 and see if I can PR using run walk.

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  6. I had started out running using the run/walk Galloway method before I actually knew it was a real thing people did. I don't use it for all my races but I usually use it for at least a portion of my race ( depending on the distance). It's good to know that it's alright to stop and walk during a race if you have to and there are others using the method as well. Congrats to both of you on your PR's while using the Galloway method! -M

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    1. That is really interesting Meranda. I never did run walk until I started training for the Goofy challenge which was also my first marathon.

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  7. If it were not for Jeff Galloway, I wouldn't know you ladies! I used his method to run my first half and have beena huge fan since.

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    1. Julie, so glad we met on the bus. Will you be at Princess?

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  8. I'm a big fan - I usually use a run/walk ratio for all of my longer distances. I know I would not have survived the Goofy Challenge this year if it weren't for this method!

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    1. Kristen it is the reason I completed my first Goofy Challenge. Having those walk breaks made it so much more manageable.

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  9. I'm a big fan of the Galloway method since it helps me run a race faster overall than if I tried running the whole time--and it helps me finish with strength!

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    1. Totally agree, it is great to feel strong at the finish line!

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  10. Congratulations! I am a big fan of the run/walk intervals.
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Thanks Karen. You will be back at it in no time after your precious little one arrives!

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  11. I ran my first marathon with a JG running group in DC. I still incorporate run/walk intervals for long run training, when I am not feeling well and sometimes during races depending how I feel that day.

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  12. JG method is the best for avoiding injury, and doesn't affect my overall times at all. In fact, I think it improves timing as it lets me finish stronger.

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