Channeling Galloway: Giving the Walk/Run Method a Try
I realize I’ll never get anywhere if I push myself, end up hurting myself, then need to rest for a week to recover. Gotta try something else, so this morning I decided to give the Galloway Method a go.
I often alternate speeds on the treadmill to keep myself entertaining (and so I can last!) anyway, so why not intentional walk and run at specific intervals? I was just telling a friend about the Galloway method this weekend and suggested she try it, when I’ve never really given it a fair chance myself. She said she didn’t want to because if you walked you couldn’t call yourself a “real runner”. I can see where she’s coming from, but I disagree. Walking breaks or not, running takes stamina and perseverance, and that’s what makes you a real runner!
Anyways, back to my run this morning. After a 5 minute warm-up, I alternated 3 minutes at 5.7 and 1 minute at 3.5 and repeated for 30 minutes. When I saw I had about 2 minutes to go I bumped it up to 6.0 so I could cross the 3-mile mark 🙂
I guess this averages out to 11 or 12 min/mile pace, which is sllloowww. But hey, 3 miles is 3 miles, right?
My thoughts on the Galloway method? I’m definitely giving it some more thought and will be incorporating it into my running. I felt energized, never got super tired even though I ran for 35 minutes, and I wasn’t aching! The true test will be to see how I feel later tonight 🙂
I will probably start trying to do more run/walking so I can cover more distance to build endurance without increasing my chance of injury. Hopefully by slowly increasing the running time and decreasing the walking time I can get faster too!