Jeff Galloway developed unique training programs ten years ago showing runners how to train for, and finish a marathon. Galloway‘s success using walk breaks throughout race training has led tens of thousands of average people to experience the unique lifetime accomplishment of running a marathon. In this updated and revised edition, you'll discover how to set up a personal training program, how to stay motivated, train with a group, avoid injuries, and burn fat. Jeff Galloway is an Olympic athlete and a running teacher. His first book, Galloway's Book on Running, is an international best-seller, with over 600,000 copies sold in North America. This is the state-of-the-art marathon book by the person who lives and breathes running. BONUS: This eBook version has a fully linked index and cross-references, and is loaded with external links to marathon websites and runners' resources.
To me (and probably to many other people as well), the marathon ranks up there as the Mt. Everest of running. I read this book because I've decided that I want to tackle this challenge, but had no idea how to get in condition to deal with it, (being about to turn 50 in two months), and knowing that, unlike other races I've done, there's going to have to be much more preparation for it than for any other physical challenge I've faced in the past. Fortunately, Jeff Galloway gives people like me a plan and a strategy on how to get there. This book is comprehensive, covering all the aspects to get ready for a marathon: various training plans, nutrition, handling injuries, dealing with different climate conditions, finding motivation, developing a mental plan for completing the training, and, during the race, finding that extra stamina. In addition, much appreciated by this older runner, he addresses adaptations that guys like me need to make during our marathon training. All in all, having read this book, I feel much more confident and hopeful, that, come this December, by then being age 50, I will achieve my goal of finishing my first marathon. When that happens, I will be even more grateful still to Jeff Galloway for showing me the way!
The reason this book comes out on top is I found it motivating and complete. I enjoyed reading it, there was a great amount of inspiration in it for me, and it answered many questions. I've already re read it twice. I'm in the third week of the training and (though I run longer during the week then he recommends) the run/walk method makes a world of difference to me. I cannot overstate it. Quite simply it is the difference from me being able to run no more than about 5 miles and being able to run further. I have some old injuries that have plagued me since 1985 and this way of endurance/LD running leaves me without any injury and able to do nearly double that which I can do by strictly running. As I'm no longer a 22 year old and my goal is to finish a marathon and have fun while doing it this is the method that I feel works best for me!
Really enjoyed reading this book. I began reading it because a few of my running friends have talked about walk breaks and interval training but I was having a hard time grasping the concept of improving my running with walk breaks. I definitely have a better understanding now; by alternating the muscles used and slowing down pace in the begining of a run a runner can perform better and longer without injury. I appreciated the technical aspects of this book a lot. Galloway has charts for not only training plans but also for predicting performance, pace charts, and chapter upon chapters of training tips. He also addresses general running questions, such as how to pick shoes, what to eat, best times to eat, breathing control, and what to wear in different temperatures. The two reasons that I docked this book a star was because some chapters had repeatitive information and because I really found his chapter on motivation cheesey- not to say it can't work for someone else, just not for me.
I highly recommend this book to any runner, marathon inspirations or not, it includes really useful information. I have been using the walk/run techniques over the past few weeks, and will stick with an interval on my upcoming half- hopefully I PR! :)
I signed up for the lottery for my first marathon and picked up this book a few days later. The day after I signed up, I thought maybe I'd better just pull out before it was too late, but after reading this book, I felt excited and hoped I really did get in.
Jeff Galloway is a premier running coach and guru and I'd read a bit of his stuff online before this book, but this book really brought home his system of building endurance through frequent, short, and early walk breaks. I'd always before thought it was a sign of weakness to walk, but now I'm rethinking that -- he says frequent and regular walk breaks, especially early on, rest your running muscles and allow them to work longer without injuries. He claims our muscles are not really meant to be used hour after hour and that short breaks allow the muscles enough recovery to be stronger. He claims that many people have improved their marathon times by following his methods and that most people using it never hit "the wall" at all.
I tried his method on my 9 mile run last week and despite being a much tougher run (significant uphill for the first six miles) than my all-downhill 8 mile the week before, I felt fresh and loved the running experience. I'm sold on his methods. Especially since I'm new to running, I can't afford to be sidelined by an injury. I just want to finish, and after reading his tips and tricks (including some interesting motivational stuff), I feel much more confident that I can do this, and not only that, but ENJOY it too.
Great book if you want to run your first marathon and complete it feeling awesome! (I never dreamed I would actually run a marathon!) I trained for about 3 1/2 months for my first marathon and felt awesome finishing the Country Music Marathon in Nashville last April (2007) with no injuries. Great tips, advice and motivation to be found by Jeff in his books. He is such a neat, knowledgeable and caring guy!
This is not a history book of ancient Greek wars, it is actually about running. I’ve been working through this book off and on for a few months. The author, Jeff Galloway, is a former Olympic runner (1972), and is currently the training consultant for RunDisney. His running program consists of running & walking (ie: run 6 minutes, walk 1 minute) which I have tried on my last two long runs. What I found interesting is that my overall pace did not decrease even though I was walking 1/7th of the time. I’m going to try this out for awhile as I continue to increase my distances and see how it is going by the end of the summer.
The book is filled with great running advice and encouragement. Even if you scrape his run/walk philosophy there is a bunch of information to help any runner. I am not a fan of his writing style though. He introduces most chapters with a fictitious story and dialog between several characters. Just give me the fact and keep the fiction.
If you want to run a marathon then this is your go to guide. The book is well organized with everything you need to accomplish your marathon goal. You will find training programs, nutrition and healthy lifestyle style to help you not just with your marathon but also with your life in general. I recommended this book if you want to get starting with running. The book is means for every type of race at any age. You also find a lot of resources to help you keep track and find more people to stay motivated. Hope you considered take the step and follow the guidelines in this book. I am getting ready to run my first marathon and this book is my no. 1 reference to keep me going. Thanks for the amazing book and I will update my review as soon as I finish my marathon.
Extremely helpful with very informative data. It not only has me on track for my first marathon (at the age of 56) but provided a ton of guidance in multiple areas, including training, nutrition, timing and breathing. Worth every page.
I didn't give it 5 stars because it's a particularly entertaining read, but adopting his run-walk-run strategy helped me push into longer runs and recover much more quickly. It's changed the way I run, without a doubt, so 5 stars for having an identifiable positive effect on my life.
Like most books of this genre, there is a lot of filler material. That being said, it had what I was looking for; a variety of training plans using the run-walk method, and good explanations for how to implement the techniques mentioned.
This book helped me run my first marathon. I was a beginning runner, and I completed a challenging (hilly) marathon in my first year of running with the aid of this book (and some online training programs). I am still running shorter distances but I will always be a Galloway walk-runner.
I first picked up this book last winter, when I was thinking about doing my first marathon. I had spoken once with a friend in Knoxville about the "Jeff Galloway" method of running a marathon -that is, a method by which walk breaks are inserted into a marathon run at regular intervals. There are many reasons Galloway stands firmly behind this method of long-distance running, including reducing the pounding effects of running on your joints, allowing time to drink ample water, speeding up recovery, and increased running speed. Still, before picking up the book, I was of the mindset that a "real" marathoner runs the marathon, and walking taints the validity of your finish. Even as I began reading the book I was not buying into the whole idea for I wanted to really "run" a marathon. Well, my first marathon is already a year in the past and I know you're dying to know how I ran it - with or without walk breaks???? I genuinely started reading Galloway's book way too late in my training to incorporate his methods, but in the marathon..... I did take regularly intervalled walk breaks. And I had a very respectable finish for my first marathon. So why am I blogging about this book now? Because I have signed up for the VA Beach 1/2 marathon in September and the Richmond, VA Marathon in November. I have brought the book to the top of my reading pile with plenty of time to revisit what I liked about it and really incorporate Galloway's ideas into my training. It is actually a very inspiring book and I love the "testimonies" he has sprinkled throughout the pages from runners of all backgrounds who have jumped on the Galloway bandwagon. I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of doing their first marathon or who maybe needs fresh inspiration for marathon number 2, 3, 7, 9 ....?? The title of the book says what Galloway believes and what I now know is true -- "Marathon: You Can Do It!"
I read Galloway's Marathon as part of my haphazard and slightly short-of-the-mark training for the Amsterdam marathon, my first attempt at that distance. I made it round, and in a respectable enough time (3hr45m), though how much of that was due to the book is difficult to say.
It's a useful read certainly, and one full of useful information. My difficulty with it was one of a kind of bloody-mindedness on my part that probably did my marathon performance no good at all. Galloway strongly advocates taking 'walk breaks' throughout training and even the eventual big event, and this just didn't sit well with me. I think I'm a combination of too eager to go full pelt and too afraid of looking like I can't do it 'properly'.
I came around relatively easily to taking occasional walk breaks in training, and found them to be a real help in extending the distance I was running. The trouble was that I couldn't reconcile myself to the idea that on race day I would take a minute's walk break every 10 minutes. Since the walk break theme recurs throughout the entire book, it tarnished my experience of reading it a little. Of course this isn't to say that the walk break idea is bad; Galloway clearly knows his subject far better than I do. It was just that I, probably through some weakness of will and excess of pride, couldn't bring myself to do as he advised.
Walk breaks aside, there is good stuff about what to eat, avoiding injury, working on speed and all the other stuff you would expect. I found sections on motivation and so-called dirty tricks to get you through the big day a bit too close to the 'I am strong and capable and will succeed' (repeat x5) school of motivational writing for my taste, but maybe I'm just a cynic.
The marathon training program I started this summer provided us with copies of this book because the program is based on the guy's ideas. I've never been very active, and I've never been a runner, so I really haven't spent much time reading about running until now.
The book is pretty decent as an introduction to a lot of the basic issues one deals with when undertaking a running training program. He covers running strategies, eating plans, training plans, etc. My one major complaint is that the book is very repetitive and covers a lot of the same material about things like blood sugar level and the importance of taking walk breaks over and over.
It's very user-friendly in terms of practical suggestions.