Find More Inspiration in Mental Training For Runners
DR. JILL WOFSEY
Dr. Jill Wofsey had been exploring the run/walk technique since 2009, and in 2014, chose to be an ecoach student of Jeff’s for the entire year. She learned a lot from him, and loved the experience. On January 16th, 2016, Jill ran the Pensacola Beach Run Half Marathon (her 17th half). That day, she ran her fastest half in more than 2 years, with a time of 1:55:20.
Jill finally found a ratio that worked well for her at this distance. She set her run/walk timer to 3:00/:15, and kept to that for all miles until 12 and 13, when she started running longer stretches. What fascinated her was that she actually got faster in the later miles, and passed a lot of people that were way ahead of her early on. Overall, Jill felt stronger during the later part of the race than the earlier miles. The frosting on the cake was when she placed 3rd in her age group!
Jill will be running marathon #11 in March, and plan to run/walk this as well. Stay tuned for Jill’s results!
Pam Keenan began running at the young age of 57 where her only goal was to run a marathon with her youngest daughter. She had never heard of the Galloway method but after deciding to run the WDW Marathon, becoming hooked and aware of a possible Boston qualifying time, she quickly thought it was best to follow his training program for her next stop, Dopey Challenge.
Earning a personal record in the Dopey marathon was something she and her daughter both hoped to achieve and they conserved energy on the three prior race days. Thanks to the Galloway program, she and her daughter run- walked the half marathon at a very comfortable pace to rest up for the big marathon on Sunday. They both achieved record times, with Pam’s time within seven minutes of Boston qualifying.
After taking a full two weeks off from running to rest her body, she resumed training for Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon. On March 16th, Pam lined up for the marathon with hopes of breaking 4:23 to insure a spot in the 119th Boston Marathon in 2015. The race went perfectly as she used the Galloway method by running for 4 minutes and walking for 1 minute. She and a fellow Galloway runner completed the race with a time of 4:18. 28. She had earned her entry to Boston.
The best part of the story is yet to come. Her older sister, a very strong runner, had no interest in running a marathon. However, Pam put the idea in her head that she could gain an entry into the 2015 Boston Marathon. Her sister secretly qualified in a local marathon with a 4:23. Two sisters would be running Boston together!