Jeff Galloway Method: Here's the Secret to Distance Races & Why You Can Do It Regardless of Skill Level by Jessica Acree
I am the farthest thing from an athlete, but I've successfully crossed the finish line of a half marathon and there is only one reason it was even a remote possibility: the Jeff Galloway Method.
The secret is run/walk intervals. Run for a bit, take a break, repeat. Walking does not mean you've failed; it gives your body the recharge it needs to keep going. A mile is a mile no matter your pace or process.
As it states on Galloway's website, "Galloway (an American Olympian) designed this method in 1973 to help beginners start running. Strategic walk breaks allow each runner to control fatigue, virtually eliminating significant running injuries."
The Crim Festival of Races in Flint, Mich., is famous for supporting the Galloway Method to train participants leading up to the premiere summer event. The formula is simple:
Intervals + Accountability + Encouragement = Success!
Barring any physical limitations, all you have to do is believe you can do it, set your timer and go! Use a watch or download a free interval app to stay consistent. Make sure you stay hydrated and go at your own pace. I like simple 1/1's – run one minute, walk one minute. Each step adds up and faster than you think.
Go ahead, give it try!