(Picture, L-R, Beth Adair, Jeff Galloway, George Oruoch, Christopher Moten)
Anyone that knows running, even for a few years, knows Jeff Galloway (jeffgalloway.com). A legacy runner and former Olympian from the Southeast, who I met on a flight out of Raleigh a few years back. It was so fun back then, and was equally as fun this week to talk to Jeff.
I was in the lobby of the Delta Headquarters in Atlanta waiting on Jeff and the rest of the team that weren’t working and could be there, including the team President, George Oruoch. Like most runners, we are either on time, or a half hour early. Jeff walked in and asked the front desk where to go. I knew the face right away and hopped up to say hi.
Immediately, we began talking about running. The latest travel, the latest races and his concept of running and walking for marathons. I was equally enthused to chat on one of his best friends and college roommate, Amby Burfoot. I don’t have the talents of Olympians, but so enjoy the enthusiasm, which most runners will understand. (Amby is the ’68 winner of the Boston Marathon). Funniest thing he said, “well in college, the track was right out the back door from our dorm. We could just head out to run after getting out of bed”. It’s no surprise either that Jeff met his wife Barb on the track.
Soon after I met up with Jeff, George came downstairs and said “Jeff, did Delta have the Porsche for you?”. So fun. The company still has perks, and offers complimentary rides in a Porsche to it’s premium high level medallion customers from gate to gate on certain occasions, or in this case, to the front door of the headquarters.
The meeting started after Delta runners came on down and we also had guests of runners who visited our campus. One girl shared with me that running got her out of a bad breakup, and another runner shared that her son made her start running, and another runner said her husband started her on the “run/walk method”. Jeff’s concept is alternating running and walking to do a marathon and prevent injury, and he said he started over 40 years ago and hasn’t been injured since. He and his wife do a marathon every month, and run the next day. I’ll add too, that in his early 70’s, Jeff has the energy of someone half his age and moves so quickly that you’d never guess “70 anything”. Other icons of the sport, such as Hal Higdon (who belongs to my gym in Florida) and Amby Burfoot (who I mentioned already) move with the same speed, swiftly. It’s what I’d like to maintain getting older, a swift movement. I don’t want to slow down.
Jeff did cover a bit on whether running causes knee problems or contributes to arthritis. He said there is no evidence to provide running causes it, or is directly related to arthritis. I can support this notion, as my Dad was never a runner, not even one mile and still got osteoarthritis of the knees, ended up with one knee replacement and needs the other one done (which will likely not happen as he does not want to undergo the surgery at nearly 80). My approach to my heredity with any arthritis, will be to stay active. Also, I might add, I was chatting with a lady in my gym, who is 80 and swims everyday. She had horrible back pain in her 60’s, thought she could get a laser surgery (or something surgically) to fix it, and when she was told there was no surgery that could fix it, and her only option was pain killers, she cured it with swimming and daily movement. She told me “The first month was awful painful. I went off all the pain killers, because they weren’t doing much good anyway. I swam through it and now I feel better at 80 than I did at 65”. That’s what I’m striving for, and that’s what I aim to be like. I surround myself with a gym of hard working athletes on purpose. Some are in their forties, and retired professional athletes. There are also millennials, and the ones not there to socialize do work hard (and are often sons or daughters of pro athletes or coaches).
A quick “rundown” on part of Jeff’s concept of Run/Walk/Run (copyright) Strategies are based upon pace:
8 min/mi, Run 4 minutes/walk 30 seconds, or run 3 minutes/walk 20 seconds
9 min/mi. Run 2 minutes/walk 30 seconds or run 90 seconds/wallk 20 seconds
10 min/mi Run 90 sec/walk 30 seconds or 60/20 or 45/15
For more information, check his website at www.RunInjuryFree.com, or google his books online. The next race you can find Jeff and the Delta Runners attending is the Corporate 5K run/walk on September 7, 2017 at 7 pm in Atlanta. For Delta runners, google https://runsignup.com/CorporateTeams/DELTA2017, or google kpcorporaterunwalk.com to register.
I’m going to check into one of Jeff’s programs. It was great to be around the enthusiasm. I recently was invited to be in the #BrooksEndorsed campaign with BrooksRunning.com. I’ve worn their Adrenalines (a stability shoe I started wearing after a bout with Plantar Faciitis in the late 90’s) brand for over 20 years. In the fall, I’ll be running at the rwhalf.com festival in the 10K (with my adrenalines) and later in October running relay with 4 other Delta Running teammates at the OnwardShay.com marathon relay. We’ll all be decked in Brooks as well. It’s a sheer delight to have them think of me for this and I’ve enjoyed promoting their brand.
I like to maintain my own concept of “If I’m not laughing, it’s not worth it” , and I hope everyone reading this is laughing everyday. #workhardlaughharder