Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Hooking Up" with Galloway

Morning folks!
Many of y'all asked about how and when and why I started "hooking up" with Galloway.  
Not a real hook-up, people. Gonna keep this PG-rated.  I'm talking about Galloway's run/walk program. 

I have read about the run/walk thing when I started running sometime in September 2009.  But PRIDE was a big issue. I didn't want to walk at all in my runs. It sounds waaaay cooler to say "I ran 2 hours without stopping!"    Some of you here have been doing the run/walk thing in races and have better average pace than I do.  Hmmm .... Am I missing something here? 

Then, about 3 weeks ago, some sweet child shared his germs with me and I ended up with a cold, which became a bad bronchitis issue.  When that BIG NASTY cleared, I actually went a little over-zealous and ran 2 consecutive days. Dumbo! That led to a grumpy knee. Anyway, with my half marathon coming up in about 2 weeks, and with me NOT training much, Uh-Oh is exactly how I feel right now!

Maybe my last-minute decision at using the Galloway will see me run/walk to the finish line.  I do not want to DNS or DNF.  (Have I already mentioned that PRIDE is a big issue?)
Does that mean that I will never run an entire race ever again? No.  I'm going to Galloway-my way through this half marathon.


  1. I feel the exact same way about the run/walk method. It sounds like a good idea, but I have trouble convincing myself to actually carry it out. Let me know how it works for you!

  2. Pride is the same reason that I kind of didn't consider the Galloway method. But let me tell you - I will NOT be able to run the entire 13.1 in 17 days. I'm hoping I can run most of it though ... again - the whole pride issue!

    Whatever our strategies will be, we will be awesome on April 10th!

  3. My friend who is going to do his 3rd IronMan in a few weeks told me about the Galloway method. From his first to his 2nd marathon, he improved his time by 30+ minutes.

    I don't follow it by the letter but I do notice the run/walk method has improved my times.

  4. i think u will be ok.
    try getting out for a few runs and trying the walk/run method out.
    also, if u have access to a bike or elliptical machine, use those to keep up ur cardio!

    and dont forget to stretch and ice!

    and u will do awesome!

  5. i'll probably be gallowogging my way back after my knee treatment. it's all good!

  6. I am going to read more about this method. Might be a way to work on increasing my distance. Good luck!

  7. "Pain is temporary - Pride is forever!" :)

    I think it's great to include walk breaks into your run. It helps me more mentally, you can always run a mile and it sounds better to run 13x1 mile than 1x13. I hope your knee will be better soon!

  8. Sounds like a good plan. Good luck.


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