Optimize your training with the Galloway method

The Galloway method can be a useful tool for those who want to increase the distance of their training gradually – without overloading their body.

Have you heard of the "run-walk-run method"? This technique was developed by legendary marathon runner Jeff Galloway in the 1970s and has since become a popular method among runners looking to improve their running performance. 

We have previously written about how ultra running and ultramarathons are becoming increasingly popular. If you're planning on trying your hand at a marathon for the first time this season, you should definitely consider Galloway's approach.


What is the Galloway method?

The Galloway method is a running technique that involves combining running with short periods of walking. By switching between running and walking, you can gradually increase the distance you run, without overloading your body. 

The Galloway method can therefore be a useful tool in running training for beginners, but more experienced runners have also benefited from the method.


Why does the Galloway method work so well?

The Galloway method allows your body to rest and recover between running intervals. 

But does it work better than just running a little slower for certain periods? Yes, indeed. When running, you primarily use the large muscles in your legs, which can become exhausted if they are not given time to rest. By walking for short periods of time, you give your muscles a break so they can recover and be ready to run again when you start the next running interval. 

It can help maintain a steady speed over a longer period of time, reduce the risk of injury, and maintain a positive mental focus. It can be especially important for beginners training for a longer race, like a half marathon or marathon.

By knowing that you have short breaks in between, it can be easier to set small goals along the way, feel in control and thus make running training more fun.

Guide: How to apply the Galloway method to training and distance running