I am happy to announce that I have been chosen to participate in the brand new Galloway Blogger Program. I had the opportunity to meet Jeff Galloway at the Peachtree Road Race Expo in 2013 and then again at FitBloggin 14 in Savannah.
For those of you who don’t know, Jeff Galloway is a runner, coach, Olympian and CEO Galloway Prodcutions. Jeff is known for his Run Walk Run training method.
I have not used his Run Walk Run training method, but am amazed by the runners at each race that can transition between running and walking for the entire race at designated intervals. We talked about it when we met in Savannah and how it has helped keep a number of runners injury free.
Tips from Jeff Galloway:
- When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.
- A well-paced run enhances vitality for the rest of the day. Start each run at least 30 seconds a mile slower than you will run at the end.
- 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 the marathon.
- Running is the best stress reliever I’ve found. Research shows that running tends to activate the conscious brain which over-rides the emotional subconscious brain and manages the negative and anxiety hormones during and after the run.
- Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens. A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
- The finishing of a run that is longer than you’ve run in the last 3 weeks can bestow a sense of achievement that is unique and empowering-due to positive brain circuits that are turned on.
- You can’t run a long run too slowly or take too many walk breaks. You’ll get the same endurance based upon the distance covered.
I need to incorporate and remember some of these tips especially, “start each run at least 30 seconds a mile slower than you will run at the end.” I have the desire to really have negative splits. It will take more practice to feel it because the only way I have been successful with negative splits is by watching the time on my watch.
As someone who has come to enjoy running, I continue to look for good information that will improve my performance regardless of the distance. The tips from Jeff are a true reminder of why I have come to enjoy running.