As I’ve said again and again, I am just getting back with running very slowly. Â I want to get out there and run 10 miles, but I don’t think I’m in any shape to do that and my back would hate me and go on strike again! Â With that said, a couple of years ago when I was living in Denver, I met up with some people that purely train doing the Galloway method to running.
What’s the Galloway method?
This is where you alternate running and walking. Â There are obviously numerous methodical ways of doing this, but the way we did it that day two years ago and how I did it yesterday was run 3 minutes alternate with 1 minute walking. Â When I first tried it, I actually did it for a 12 mile run. Â When I was finished running, my body felt like I had run the equivalent to about 7 miles and the thing is, it didn’t take very much more time, if any at all.
I think this is a very smart way of training for people that are new to running or as my case, coming back from an injury. Â On top of coming back, I’m also trying to convert to running in Vibrams and, by doing this method, I can run a lot further, which is better conditioning for me.
When I was training for the first few marathons, the group I ran with would do speed workouts once a week on the track and this is what that felt like. Â We would do various timed intervals of sprinting
or running a little faster than normalÂ and then walk for an equal amount of time. Â This method can be good for speed training by running faster or an active recovery day by running slower…you choose!
The people that I first tried this with, ran this way all the time. Â They qualified for Boston doing this. Â I saw this for myself, when you are actually running, you can run quite a bit faster with a 1 minute walk at the end of 3 minutes. Â I think this method is very interesting and I think it’s useful for a lot of people! Â I want to get back to running straight through, but if this is what I gotta do for the time being, I’m in!
Have you ever tried this?
Anyone heard of Chi Running?