Coach Jeff and Coach Jeff!

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In honor of MY Coach Jeff who is running his first ULTRA MARATHON tomorrow (!!!!!), here are some tips from the other Coach Jeff, Jeff Galloway! 

Jeff and I after the St. Barnabas 5k in August 2014 – I PR’d that day thanks to Jeff’s coaching! 

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.

Good luck tomorrow, Coach Jeff! I will be cheering you on from the Great St. Charles Avenue Road Race in New Orleans, LA – I’m going for a 10k PR! 

Don’t forget that anyone who donates $13 or more to my half marathon fundraiser between now and March 25 will receive a postcard from NOLA! 


  1. I wish I was too! I'm sad to be missing Jeff's Ultra! But I am excited for this time in NOLA, though I think the humidity might kill me!

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