Friends I haven’t seen in a while will start a conversation, “I see you have been running alot from your posts on Facebook.”
“Yep. Keeping on track. Running 4 or more times a week. I’m over 26 miles this week!”
“Wow that’s great. Isn’t that hard on your knees?”
“Nah, I run and walk so it’s not so difficult on my joints.”
“Don’t be so hard on yourself!! You don’t need to degrade your running like that. At least you are getting in your miles.”
I am NOT being hard on myself or denigrating the hard work I put in when I mention I’m a run/walker. If anything, I’m being a little cocksure, a little holier-than-thou with a dash of liberal intelligentsia snobbery. Don’t you know run/walking is the way to go, old chap. Everybody’s doing it or at least, everybody should.
Ok, running and walking isn’t for everybody, just like barefoot running isn’t for everybody. However, I believe that running and walking can help everybody at some point in their running training. I have been following the Galloway method for three of that last 5 years running and it has been helpful to me in many ways. It helped me complete my first marathon. It helped me to keep active and maintain fitness levels when I was injured during ITB strains, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. It helped me start running again when I suffered great injuries that halted my running for longer periods.
I have found that all the benefits that he promotes with his Run Walk Run method have helped me continue to run during difficult times. As the website states, his method will
• Speed you up: an average of 7 minutes faster in a 13.1 mile race when non-stop runners shift to the correct Run Walk Run ratio – and more than 13 minutes faster in the marathon
• 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 highly recommend checking out Jeff’s website JeffGalloway.com. I first found him through reading his books, but most of his core information and the basis of his entire method is on his website.
After the previous week’s indulgences and continued “Hunker Hunger” as snow and cold weather prod this old bear to put on layers for hibernation I was worried about stepping on the scale this week, especially after a The Midwinter 10 Miler Classic post race Bacchanalia at Joe’s Boathouse. However, the odds were ever in my favor as I lost another 2 lbs and now stand at 277 lbs. Swimming is getting stronger and I have upped some of my swims to a half mile. I did one day of weight training this past week and have been stretching every day as a necessity after my fall on the ice last week.
As a side note to today’s article, one of my goals for this year is to follow my training, to have faith in the system and to develop my understanding of the method through experience and consistency. I failed to do so during the race. I have a couple poor excuses. The first being I have been fighting off a cold/flu over the past two weeks and was weaker than I wished. The second being nerves over ice on the course as the race was sandwiched between two snowstorms. The third was that I had a friend who I think of as faster and stronger than me offer to run with me. Instead of saying I was going to run slow, I should have explained my goal for the pace and run MY race, but I was weak, I was egotistical, and I was a cruddy friend for not trusting my running friend enough to tell the truth. I will do better next time.