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?