As I do more and more of these races, I realize that most people are doing a variation of the run/walk/run method, developed by Jeff Galloway. When I first started learning about the method, I thought that only slow runners had an interest in it.
But, as I am learning, there are a lot of very fast runners using his method!
Recently, Team Galloway Long Island had an influx of new runners, many of whom are running between a 7 min/mile and a 8 min/mile.
Jeff Galloway has a book called, How to Qualify for the Boston Marathon, where he specifically talks with faster runners about how to meet the grueling 3:15 cut off for the full marathon!
Why do faster runners use the Galloway Method?
According to Jeff Galloway, taking walking breaks:
- Speed you up: an average of 7 minutes faster in a 13.1 mile race when non-stop runners
- Give you control over the way you feel during and after
- Erase fatigue
- Push back your wall of exhaustion or soreness
- Allow for endorphins to collect during each walk break
- Break up the distance into manageable units
- Speed recovery
- Reduce the chance of aches, pains and injury
- Allow older or heavier runners to recover fast, and feel as good as in the younger (slimmer) days
- Activate the frontal lobe – maintaining your control over attitude and motivation
I’m really excited to coach these faster runners and help them get to their next level!
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