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Friday, April 2, 2010

Jeff Galloway's Running School

This was my second year attending Jeff Galloway's running school in Baltimore. I'm glad that this year there were no bizarre run-ins with people at Starbuck's. This year, we did a full run with Jeff, for a couple miles (under three, I forget how many exactly). Jeff stopped and talked along the way about how to do certain speed drills, specifically Cadence Drills and Acceleration Gliders. You can see me watching Jeff in the photo above, looking slightly skeptical, perhaps. He also went over proper form on running hills, and we got an opportunity to talk to him about certain things. One person asked him how many marathons he'd run. His response was 152. I have a lot of catching up to do!

After the run, we had running school. This was really a three hour lecture where Jeff talked a lot about his program and his philosophy on running. I recommend it if you want to give the Galloway method a try. No, Galloway is not just for slow runners (although I do happen to be slow). We do have some Boston Qualifiers in our Galloway group, and they are better and faster runners because of using this method.

The biggest thing about Jeff's program and philosophy is that he stresses not getting injured. Indeed, in the 5 years that I've been running using the Galloway method, I've never had an overuse injury. I have had blisters, but that was caused mostly by the wrong shoes and poor form. My stress fracture happened before I was using Galloway's program, and was aggravated by tripping over a laundry basket. But, I digress.

Here is my write up of last year's running school, if you are interested.

The biggest thing that I learned this year was about speed work - repeats, mostly. I want to shoot for a PR at the Rock and Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon this year, and in order to do so I want to be incorporating some speed work into my workout program. I'm pretty excited about this, and about helping my group achieve their own goals this year. I asked Jeff a lot of questions about how he goes about doing speed work, and I plan to use this. Look for more posts about my track work later this year.

Of course, that's if I can find a track to even use. Last week, inspired by Lacey, I went to attempt to do some track work. It was a giant FAIL, though, as there was both a lacrosse game and some other thing going on at the track at my local high school. Oh well, maybe once school is out.


marathonmaiden said...

i'm really interested in the galloway method, maybe not so much for my road races but i've been toying with the idea of an ultra and have been told that galloway is the way to go for it. how cool you get to go to the school!

J.P. Choquette said...

So helpful! Thanks for your review(s) of Jeff's Running School. I was one the fence (trying to decide to spend the money for this or a GPS watch with my birthday $$) and now know what to do. Thanks a bunch! Am bookmarking your site for future reading.

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