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MEET JEFF GALLOWAY

LISA JACKSON INTERVIEWS THE FORMER OLYMPIAN WHO”S MADE IT HIS MISSION TO GET THE WORLD UP AND RUNNING… BY TAKING FREQUENT WALK BREAKS!

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Back in 1998, I loathed all forms of exercise. But having recently turned 30, knew I had to start getting fit or risk turning into a bona fide sofa sloth. After 10 months of training, I completed my first marathon – running half of it until an injury forced me to limp the rest.

I ran every step of my second marathon five months later, slashing 1hr 19mins off my time. But I walked like a rodeo cowboy for three weeks afterwards, due to the pounding my knees and hips had suffered.

I was injured yet again when I attempted my third marathon. However, I read in the race brochure that runners who were worried about not finishing should take short walk breaks right from the word go. Intrigued, I adopted this approach, running for 15 minutes and walking for five. To my astonishment, I knocked almost 10 minutes off my time and, best of all, was walking normally within just three days.

RUNNING MADE EASY

So excited was I by this amazingly stress-free way to run marathons that I decided to write a book about it, called Running Made Easy, that would go on to sell more than 100,000 copies and remain on Amazon”s list of bestselling running books for over a decade.

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About Women’s Running

Discover the healing power of running with the March issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 January. Find out how running can help treat depressive disorders, clear the mind and manage stressful life situations. And hear from women who have experienced these benefits for themselves, such as cover star Charlie Watson, who shares how running – and blogging – has helped her to manage stress and anxiety. Keen to start running but daunted by the prospect of having to run for miles without a break? Discover Jeff Galloway’s hugely successful Run Walk Run training method, which has helped thousands to start running, stay injury free and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. We’ve got all things marathon training covered in this issue, too. You’ll find three 12-week training plans for beginner, intermediate and experienced marathoners, as well as expert advice on getting marathon fit on reduced mileage. Plus, don’t miss our recipes for delicious, homemade fuelling snacks or our leg-focused strength-training workout, both supporting your stamina and strength, whatever your training goals.