Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jeff Galloway Says: Training & Motivation Tips

It's no secret: I love Jeff Galloway. Almost to a level of inappropriate. Almost.

His run/walk/run method is the reason I am a runner. There is no possible way I would have been able to accomplish any amount of distance running with Jeff's sage advice and wisdom. If you're a fan of this blog, you know that I've written about him and his training plans many times. Last week, I got the awesome news that I had been selected to be a Jeff Galloway Blogger! Jeff Galloway + Blogging = A match made in heaven! What this means is that I will recieve periodic information to share with all of you- straight from the Olympian himself. Cool, right?

This will be my first "Jeff Galloway Says" post- chock full of running wisdom from Jeff. Matthew always likes to tease me when we talk about running or training because I frequently am quoted saying, "Well, Jeff Galloway says [insert training advice here]" or "According to Jeff...." (yes, I like to think we are on a first-name basis). So that's what this series will be called- "Jeff Galloway Says!"

Jeff Galloway's Training & Motivation Tips

  • 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 agree 1000% with everything he's mentioned above. One of my favorite "Gallowayisms" or mantras is this: "You can do anything for a minute." That has gotten me through many a long and tough run.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it's given you some tangible advice for your running and/or walking. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I'd be happy to help in any way I can.

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  1. Yes, yes, YES! I feel the same way about Jeff. See? We're on a first-name basis. ;)

    I needed to read this today. So glad you wrote it. I'm running my 2nd half-marathon this Sunday and am getting nervous. Doubting my "slow" pace. THANK YOU!

    1. Jeff really is the coolest guy. Seriously.

      And no need to be nervous- you're going to rock it! Just trust your training and trust your pace- you know what do to and I know you'll have an awesome time doing it! Which race are you doing this weekend?

    2. Thank you! I'm doing the A1A Fort Lauderdale Marathon.

    3. Clarification: Half-marathon. I'm not at marathon distance...yet. :D

    4. Good luck this weekend! I hope you have great weather and a great run! :-)

  2. How funny that we both posted about being Jeff Galloway bloggers today! You know I love Run Walk Run, it got me my Boston qualifying time!

    1. You are living proof that run walk run works- especially for you speedy ladies! :-)