As we prepare to launch our official Jeff Galloway® Method training program, I’ve found it helpful to dismantle two concepts which have no basis in reality. A paradigm shift is necessary to adjust the lens through which we view running. First, if you run you are a runner. It does not matter how far, how fast, or how many breaks you take. Second, utilizing recovery is not defeatist. You are not a failure, and the workout is not ruined, if you stop to walk, get a drink or use the restroom.
The interval-based training approach has a proven history of keeping athletes healthy and injury-free, while improving fitness and performance. The only “drawback” to the method is our misinformed perspective of it! Shifting your mindset and giving yourself permission is the hardest part.
Fleet Feet Pittsburgh employee, and former Galloway participant turned Group Leader, Jackie, puts it best. “It makes me feel empowered and enthusiastic; I don’t feel exhausted when I’m done. I enjoy my runs without feeling any pressure, and have not been injured since I started.”
Whether or not you participate in the upcoming Jeff Galloway® program, I encourage a systematic dismantling of your pre-existing beliefs. What you think running is supposed to look like may not be what your running actually looks like. It’s still running.