For those of you who don't know, Jeff Galloway is a former Olympian, an author of many great books on running, a marathoner many, many times over, a coach, a columnist, a running store owner... really the list goes on, those are only some of his many great accomplishments. He was also recently named the official training consultant for runDisney. In conjunction with runDisney, I was contacted to review and share a 4-part training series on my blog.
I'm sure many of you have heard of the Galloway Run-Walk-Run Method, where runners are actually encouraged to add walk intervals into their running sessions. When I first heard about that, to be honest, I thought that it must be a joke. I've been running for most of my life and it seems the main goal has always been to do my best not to walk and now this amazing athlete is actually telling people that it's good to walk, it helps save energy. Needless to say I'm intrigued. I've never actually see anyone use the Run-Walk-Run method but I know that it has worked for lots of people. I'm thinking that it probably isn't something that I would take up, but if you are just starting out or looking to drastically increase your distance it could be something that would be beneficial to you.
Here is a little summary of the first video, followed by the first video in our 4-part series (which I will post weekly):
So, what are your thoughts? Have you ever raced with someone who was alternating with running and walking consistently throughout the race? Do you think it is something that could work for you?
Next week, Jeff (we're on a first name basis... ha ha) will share a video on proper running and walking form... should be interesting!
Also, if you're interested in doing a little more reading on walking while running, there is a pretty good article on Runner's World by Amby Burfoot that you can check out HERE.