I've used the Galloway beginning 6mo. after the birth of my triplets. I was on complete bedrest and came from zero fitness level. In less than six years, I have completed 14 marathons, including Pikes Peak. I've done two sets of marathons, with only two weeks in between and one set with only one week in between. My first marathon was 4:47 and since then I run between 3:58 and 4:22. I run long up to 3/12 hours in training and do two runs midweek, varying speedwork, tempo runs, and hills. The other days, I cross train. I started with 5/1's and now use 7 or 8/1's.During a marathon, I usually just do the water stations for the one minute or less. I've had no injuries and many of my long runs were on a treadmill late at night(after kids were in bed). I only "Gallowalk" on runs lasting more than an hour. To those who speak of Jeff Galloway's method with disdain, I say get real. As long as the body is in forward motion, you are running the marathon. What constitutes running? Is a 12 minute miler running compared to the 5 minute miler? Her slow jog could be considered walking by the faster runner. And what about the person who actually walks faster than they could jog? And in terms of true endurance, the runner who takes 5 hours on the course has more than the runner who finishes in 3 hours. If you cover the distance by yourself, you've done the marathon. If you're more worried about how other people finish a marathon, you need counseling. The rest of us are having fun, getting fit, making friends, and staying injury-free.
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