JEFF GALLOWAY’S RUN-WALK-RUN Training Strategy May Be Perfect for Some Runners
The method of training and running races by inserting intervals of walking between running was pioneered in 1973 and has since been promoted and encouraged by Olympian Jeff Galloway. The biosketch offered on the RunDisney.com training website describes him as a “world class athlete” and goes on to list his accomplishments, numerous publications, and awards and honors.
Galloway is featured in the organization’s popular running festivals training section because he is the official trainer. Disney race festivals attract so many participants that events often sell out shortly after registration opens. My daughter, her friend, and I attempted to sign up for the Princess Half Marathon in Disney World one year. Because we did not coordinate appropriately we had to settle for the running the 5K that weekend. It’s no wonder that Disney is seeking to keep all who register and run in their races happy, injury free, and returning.
The Disney site explains that this standout runner, trainer, and author “has led thousands of runners across the finish line, while reducing the chance of injury to almost zero”, and demanding relatively little of trainees. It says that his plans require 3 training days, with 30-45 minutes of running on Tuesday and Thursdays, and long runs on the weekends. Not every weekend is a killer distance; “on half of the weekends, most will be running and walking for an hour or less”. Check out the plans; it’s true!
If you are uncertain about running a longer distance race have not yet settled on attempting to finish a half marathon or marathon in 2017, you might consider trying the Galloway method. You can visit the RunDisney.com or to his company website to find free plans. Most are 18 to 20 weeks in duration, so browse race dates that allow sufficient time to complete a plan.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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