Maybe you are thinking that you could never be a runner. Sure the runDisney events sound fun, but you can’t imagine training for a 5K, half marathon or even the Goofy Challenge.
Well you are very wrong! Or at least Jeff Galloway thinks so.
Jeff Galloway was an All-American collegiate athlete. He was part of the 1972 Olympic team in the 10000 meters (10K). He has been running ever since.
He could have easily chosen to work with elite athletes. Instead he chose to help anyone become a runner. And we mean anyone.
Jeff created the run/walk/run method. This is an interval program that focuses on running for a specific time period, followed by a walk interval. The intervals continue throughout your training and event.
Why run/walk? There are many reasons. For starters, your mind can wrap itself around running for a short period of time. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, I can run for 2 minutes? I can speed up my walk for 1 minute? It’s a lot easier to run or speed things up for a short period of time, especially if you know there is a walk break afterward.
Another reason is that the walk breaks allow your body time to recover. This means that you don’t get as fatigued as quickly, and can go farther – and most likely even faster – than you think! And, as an added bonus, you will be less sore and recover faster after a run.
Jeff’s run/walk/run method has only grown in popularity. There are over 90 Galloway training groups across the US, and now even a few across the globe! Jeff has written multiple best selling books and speaks at events around the US. And let’s not forget that he runs at numerous events each year!
Jeff is the official training consultant of runDisney and many utilize his training plans for their first (or fiftieth) runDisney race. Perhaps you have seen this fun video…
We are avid proponents of the Galloway run/walk/run method as we both have utilized it in our first marathon experiences. (In fact, Megan – and Krista’s husband – utilized it during the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon a few weeks ago!) The best part is that you can determine what interval length is best for you!
The Galloway run/walk/run method is widely used at runDisney races. (Just listen for the timers going off throughout the races!) Push yourself farther than you ever dreamed possible, while still enjoying all the excitement a runDisney event has to offer! It is a great way to start your running journey, and experience your first runDisney event!