DAY #320 JEFF GALLOWAY


THE NONE TO RUN PODCAST – Episode 22

“Running is for life. Long-term thinking is critical.”

FRIDAY FITNESS AND HEALTH. I have run most of my life. I am not competitive, nor fast. I did one half-marathon, and one marathon, several 5Ks and a 9K once, I think. I don’t keep all the t-shirts either. But I feel better – I feel like the best version of myself – the times in my life when I am running regularly.

When I ran the St George marathon, the downhill really hurt my right knee. I’d injured my left knee in a fall when I was training a few months before in NYC. And I think I babied that knee in the rest of my training and in the marathon. So, again, at the end of the actual marathon, it was my right knee that was a little sore. And the further I get from the marathon experience, the more my right knee bothers me.

With our move to UT, and our home in the mountains, I think I’ve only run the hills/mountains maybe 5 or 6 times. It just makes my knee grind.

I am feeling antsy to run! I signed up for a 5K – a Turkey Trot that my dad hosts every Thanksgiving. And, if I can get a doctor to give me a thumbs up on my knee, I want to start training for another marathon.

But, again, only if I can get a doctor to look at my knee and give me the go-ahead. Remember: Running is for life. Long-term thinking is critical.

“Running doesn’t have to hurt.”

Jeff Galloway, in teaching beginning-running decades ago discovered that most people have a bad memory of running. Maybe it’s a coach who punished you with running or whatever or maybe it was an injury you sustained because of running. But he created a way for all people to run, and for it to be a positive experience, the rest of their lives: the run walk run method.

And it looks exactly like that – you run and then you walk and then you run again.

And this works for new runners, but it also works for marathoners and ultra-marathoners.

“Without breaks, I could only go three miles, with difficulty. Using breaks, I’ve finished three marathons feeling strong.”

I think it will take a little bit of work, along the way, figuring out how long to walk and how long to run, as I improve and as I am careful with my knee. But I am really feeling excited about it at this point.

Here is the suggested schedule. I have about 11 weeks.

WEEKMONTUESWEDTHURSFRISAT
1R-W-R
1 MILE
WALKR-W-R
15
WALKR-W-R
15
WALK
2R-W-R
1 MILE
WALKR-W-R
15
WALK
R-W-R
15
WALK
3R-W-R
1.5 M
WALKR-W-R
15-20
WALKR-W-R
15-20
WALK
4R-W-R
1.5 M
WALKR-W-R
15-20
WALKR-W-R
15-20
WALK
5R-W-R
2 MILE
WALKR-W-R
20
WALKR-W-R
20
WALK
6R-W-R
2 MILE
WALKR-W-R
20
WALKR-W-R
20
WALK
7R-W-R
2.5 M
WALKR-W-R
20-25
WALKR-W-R
20-25
WALK
8R-W-R
2.5 M
WALKR-W-R
20-25
WALKR-W-R
20-25
WALK
9R-W-R
3 MILE
WALKR-W-R
25-30
WALKR-W-R
25-30
WALK
10R-W-R
3 MILE
WALKR-W-R
25-30
WALKR-W-R
25-30
WALK
11R-W-R
2 MILE
WALKR-W-R
25-30
WALKR-W-R
25-30
WALK
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1 Comment

  1. Bryant
    September 22, 2020
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    I’m excited to run with you. Let’s do a 5k turkey trot together. Ily

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