Thanks to Jeff Galloway, I’m ready to run
Well, it’s almost here… my “second”, well… actually my “first”, mini-marathon. You see, last year I trained really hard (and incorrectly) as a novice runner for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis but had to withdraw a few weeks prior due to an injury. Because I didn’t know what I was doing and the fact that I am approaching the Big 5-0, I managed to develop a stress fracture in my right tibia. It’s by far one of the most painful injuries I’ve ever had. Disappointed, I vowed to learn how to train properly and hopefully avoid injury so that I could run in this year’s May 5th event. Barring any last-minute injury, I feel great and am ready to run.
Rewind to December of 2010 when the longest run I’ve ever done was maybe a couple of miles in my early 20s, and that was a one-time thing. It was my 2011 New Year’s Resolution to run a 5K (3.1 miles) in March and then train for the 2011 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in May. The point is, I was never a runner and can actually say I hated running because it was hard. But, I completed my first 5K and then became injured training for “The Mini”.
So, what did I do different this year from last? I did some research and found Jeff Galloway. Jeff is a veteran runner and has coached thousands of marathon runners with his group training programs. He has also written several articles for Runner’s World.
Jeff’s program and website (www.jeffgalloway.com) is all about how to “Run Injury Free”. It’s geared towards older or injury-prone runners. For the most part, I followed Jeff’s training program for half-marathons but made a few adjustments due to my personal training schedule.
According to Jeff’s website…
“Jeff’s quest for the injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978, and to author Runner’s World articles which have been used by hundreds of thousands of runners of all abilities. His training schedules have inspired the second wave of marathoners who follow the Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™, low mileage, three-day, suggestions to an over 98% success rate.
Jeff has worked with over 200,000 average people in training for specific goals and is the inventor of the Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™ method. Jeff is an inspirational speaker to over 200 running and fitness sessions each year.
His innovative ideas have opened up the possibility of running and completing a marathon to almost everyone. Philosophically, Jeff believes that we were all designed to run and walk, and he keeps finding ways to bring more people into the positive world of exercise…”
For anyone who never thought they could run a 5k, half marathon, or full marathon, I highly recommend visiting and reading Jeff’s website. Then, start slowly and build your distance without doing too much at once. In just a few months, you’ll discover the wonderful world of running… much like I have.