Today, I’m sharing someone else’s tips- that someone being Jeff Galloway.
Two Thursdays ago, I attended a Jeff Galloway Meet and Greet at the Run n Fun Minneapolis store.
|Run n Fun Minneapolis|
1) Marathon Training with the Jeff Galloway Run/Walk program
4) Cross training
During his speech, Jeff went into the science of the brain a little, discussing how most of the time when running, it’s our subconscious brain that is controlling the process. At some point in a race, your subconscious brain has decided “this is hard.”
For me, this is when I start to question myself. I start to question EVERYTHING.
Why am I doing this? What was I thinking? I can’t run a marathon. I should just quit…
This is when mantras or positive thinking need to come into play. According to Jeff, this is when you need to take control of your conscious brain to overcome the subconscious. You need to consciously tell yourself that YOU CAN DO IT. YOU ARE STRONG.
You need to focus on a phrase or “mantra” that allows you to block out those negative thoughts- block out the, “This hurts. I’m slow. I can’t keep this pace anymore” and instead, reign in the positive– I GOT THIS.
At the Ron Daws 25k this past spring, (which usually kicks my butt with the hills), I practiced using a mantra. “You are strong. You are awesome. You’re doing great.” I kept saying that to myself OVER AND OVER….I was able to avoid that point where I give up mentally. I didn’t set any world records that day, but I did control my negative thoughts by not allowing them any space.
…he didn’t mention “You’re so smart and pretty.”
I think it kind of worked! I ended up passing her towards the end of the race. I know most people weren’t racing this Wedding Day 5k but still…it seemed to help me push it a little bit harder than I would have otherwise.
Even though I don’t think the run/walk program is for me, I do think it has its place in the running community, and I wouldn’t write it off completely…and I’m actually glad I listened.
This program works for him. He’s a 70+ year old man who runs a marathon a month. He testified about how in April this year, he ran the Boston marathon. A week later he ran the Big Sur marathon, and the next day he was running on the beach in Carmel. Impressive!
However, I had to give him the side-eye when he gave an example of a man who used his program to run a 3:15 marathon. I mean…that’s fast.
If Jeff had told the same story about someone applying that method to run a 4:45 marathon, I would believe it. I think this program works best for those runners who are a 4:30 marathon and up. I get skeptical when I try to wrap my head around this program working for someone who applying this program to a 3:15 marathon. A 3:15 marathon is a 7:26 min/mile if run at a consistent pace. If this person has 26 minutes of walking built in, this means he was running a 6:58 min/mile during his running. Possible? Maybe…but I’m skeptical.
One of the most important products for runners is one that did indeed exist in the 70’s, it just wasn’t as accessible- the answer? Massage!