If you have been following Two Moms and A Mouse, ‘WE HEART RUNDISNEY’ posts, you know that Nicole was bitten by the run bug last year and posted her first article on February 10th, 2014 entitled, ‘My runDisney Journey’. Within this article she states, “I’m using the Jeff Galloway training program, and I’m in complete awe of what we can train our bodies to do. I’ve gone from barely being able to run a mile, to stretching my weekly long runs to 4.25 miles (12:12 mile pace, #tootsownhorn).” She goes on to list her run goals which include the 2015 Glass Slipper Challenge and she is indeed ready to rock it in just a short couple weeks!
I in return caught that “run bug” from Nicole and have literally run through a journey of determination and achievements in the past 6 months. My steady accomplishments were a revelation and left me wanting more. But for me more would mean running a longer distance and I did not know if I was up for that challenge. The thought of running a half marathon straight through was rather intimidating. It didn’t occur to me that I could use the Jeff Galloway run walk run method because I was dead set that the achievement was within the “running”. If I could full out run a 10K, why would I want to use walk breaks in between?
I am here to tell you that you certainly can “teach an old dog new tricks”. I don’t care much to refer to myself as an “old dog”, but in this case if the shoe fits – wear it! I am going to digress for a brief moment–
Recently Nicole sent me a message that Jeff Galloway was choosing a select number of people to participate in his new Jeff Galloway Blogger Program. Since I knew she was an avid fan I saw it fitting to apply as participants and I am excited and so proud to announce we were chosen to be a part of it! We received our first message with information that Jeff would like us to share with all of you, but if I am to participate in posting Jeff’s tips and information about his run walk run methods, I felt it necessary to read about his program and become more informed. In doing so I began to change my thought process.
Jeff talks about being “hard wired” from early on lessons embedded in our subconscious and how we can change these thought patterns. As I read on he listed the benefits of adapting to a run walk run method. To read the list in its entirety, see Principles Behind Run Walk Run.
After reading just this small portion of valuable information on his website, I am once again inspired and that “more” I was seeking is now in clear view once again.
If you have had a desire to join the ranks of runDisney or just want to get out there and experience the euphoric feeling of attaining a Run Goal that you never thought possible, Jeff Galloway’s methods and principles is your ticket onto that run train – HOP ABOARD!
So now I present to you~
Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips
Training and Motivation Tips
- When paced correctly, running delivers the best attitude boost you can get. Sustain this by pacing yourself gently during the first mile or three.
- 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.
- 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.
- Research shows that as runners get faster, their stride length shortens. A quicker cadence is the mechanical key to faster running.
- 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.
- 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.