Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips - Training & Motivation #3

It's that time again. Wisdom from Yoda... Okay, okay, Jeff Galloway might not be a Jedi Master, but he is pretty amazing when it comes to running. His tips on training and motivation are definitely some you should take to heart.


In case you missed the previous two posts, make sure to check them out (don't worry, I can wait while you pop over and read the earlier blogs...)! When Jeff speaks, listen you must ;)

Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips - Training & Motivation #1
Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips - Training & Motivation #2

Today's post is all about INJURY... You know, 'cuz AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!


And now, let me step off the stage and let THE ONE, THE ONLY, JEFF GALLOWAY take the mic!

Jeff Galloway Blogger Tips

Training and Motivation Tips
by Olympian Jeff Galloway

Runners from Austin, Duluth, Denver, Metro Dc, NW Indiana, and Montgomery County, MD - We are coming to you! There is a Galloway Training Program starting near you in the month of March! Check the calendar for more information.

Most injuries experienced by my runners are due to 1) pacing long runs too fast, 2) increasing the weekly mileage too quickly, 3)lengthening stride and 4) stretching.

The principle in staying injury free is to balance gentle stress with the right recovery periods-allowing for rebuilding. (for more information, see my book RUNNING INJURIES)

Finding the right Run Walk Run strategy from the beginning of a run has been the best way I've found to stay injury free, come back from an injury and in some cases, continue to run while the injury heals. (See my book RUN WALK RUN)

  • Are you concerned that running will damage joints, and other body parts ? I was told this regularly, from my first week of running over 50 years ago but the research shows the opposite result: Runners have healthier joints, etc. than non runners as the decades go by.
  • While researching for my book RUNNING UNTIL YOU'RE 100, I reviewed dozens of studies and could not find one showing that running harms legs, feet, joints, etc. 
  • It may surprise you to know that many studies show that runners have fewer orthopedic issues compared with non-runners as the years go by.
  • A respected and large population study out of Stanford following thousands of runners over 50 who had run for more than 20 years concluded that runners had less than 25% of orthopedic issues compared with non runners of the same age.


As long as you stay below the threshold of irritation you can often continue to run while the injury heals.

I have been EXTREMELY BLESSED that I haven't had to deal with many injuries since beginning my running journey {hopefully that means I am training smart (and foam rolling a TON)}. Injuries can be a pain (pun TOTALLY intended), but if you listen to your body and recover correctly you can come back stronger and better than ever!

What is your best tip to avoid injury?

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