Ironically, at a marathon expo I saw a shirt that says, “Someday I’ll run a marathon. Today is not that day.” I had always thought of “Today is not that day” in basically the opposite way: “Someday I won’t be able to run. Today is not that day.” Or something similar. And yesterday, that mantra kept running through my head.
My favorite running buddy is training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon and she needed to get her last long run under her belt or tiara, as the case may be. Not a problem, right? The glitch was that just the day before I ran my favorite Atlanta 10k, the Tartan Trot, which is the epitome of Atlanta hills! And for some crazy reason I decided that I needed to PR it. So I was a wee bit sore and tired. But running buddy duty called and I laced up my shoes and headed out the door. We had an awesome 9.2 mile run plus a mile worth of warm up/cool down!
As we approached mile 8 yesterday, I spontaneously said, “Five years ago, I never would have even considered running 9 miles much less 15 miles in two days.” And it is the truth. I had a few false starts on long-distance running. You know the ones – stress fracture, chronic muscle injury, and the dreaded constant chaffing/blisters/fatigue (seriously, just fill in the blank, right?). All of that until I discovered Jeff Galloway. Olympian Jeff Galloway has coached over a million runners to their goals through his clinics, wonderful retreats, training programs, books and e-coaching. Not only is Jeff an accomplished runner, he is perhaps that most genuinely positive human being on the planet!
I picked up one of his books on running and never looked back. I’ve listened to him speak at race expos, I follow him on Twitter for daily inspiration and have had the chance to speak with him on several occasions about running. His run-walk-run method moved me from a struggling 5k runner to a happy marathon runner. I’ve gone longer, run faster, and stayed injury-free while doing it – and I will tell anyone who even looks like they may have a slight interest in running about it!
So, you can imagine how thrilled I am to be a part of the brand new Jeff Galloway Blogger Program, which will enable me to share even more information with others about the Galloway Run Walk Run Method so that you can get out and run because today is that day!
If you are thinking that today might not be that day, here are some of Jeff’s insights to help you get you going with Run Walk Run:
- 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.
- 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.
If you are a “run-only” runner who is struggling with injuries, distance or pace, check out some of these thoughts from Jeff:
- 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.
- 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.
- Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens. A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
- When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.