Jeff Galloway Blogger Program Participant

I’m so excited! I, along with a few other bloggers, have been selected to be part of the Jeff Galloway Blogger program! So what does this mean? It means that once a week I will be providing you with running tips and inspiration from the great runner himself, Jeff Galloway. I’m so excited about this opportunity and I hope you will also benefit from the information he will provide.

Training and Motivation Tips

by Olympian Jeff Galloway

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The training journey for a marathon or half marathon raises your body’s physical performance capability and your sense of what you can do in life.

Running helps to bring body, mind and spirit together in a unique and wonderful way.

In researching my book MENTAL TRAINING I discovered that running turns on brain circuits for a better attitude more vitality and empowerment better than other activities studied.

In researching my book RUNNING UNTIL YOU’RE 100 I found numerous studies showing that runners have healthier orthopedic units than non runners even after decades of running.


When a runner takes walk breaks early and often enough for the individual the muscles are strong to the end.  See RUN WALK RUN at for recommendations by pace per mile.

The “exhaustion wall” can be avoided by running longer long runs up to or beyond race distance-using the appropriate run-walk-run strategy.

Marathoners tend to improve time by an average of more than 15 minutes when they increase their longest run from 20 miles to 26 miles.

To recover fast, run the long runs at least 2 min/mi slower than you could currently run in a marathon.

The right run-walk-run strategy from the beginning of each run, gives any runner control over fatigue, injury-elimination, and recovery.

In numerous surveys, runners improved over 13 minutes when they shifted from running continuously to use of the right run-walk-run strategy.

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Disney Princess Half Marathon 2015 – PR and Highlights

2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon

I can’t believe it has taken me almost a week to blog about my experiences this year at the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. I had such a good time and there has been so much going on. Needless to say I’m most excited about setting a new PR…this of course from the woman who said she didn’t care about setting PR’s and I “just wanted to finish.”  Well I did finish, even if it was only a few steps ahead of the balloon ladies. My highlights from the race?

I FINISHED!  This is probably the most important highlight of them all.  After a year of injury and slacking (I know I did. My slacking resulted in my being in corral O, a downgrade from last year’s corral N). I managed to finish with a time of 3:40. Sounds slow doesn’t it? Well it’s definitely faster than when I was sitting on the couch doing nothing AND it’s faster than my “inaugural” Princess Half Marathon last year (by 6 minutes and this is even with stopping this time).

I stopped at least twice on the course this year. While one stop was unintentional due to the runner back up at Cinderella’s castle that cost me at least 5 minutes. The second stop was when I actually left the course to go to a restroom when I got to Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. I figured I could finish faster if my mind wasn’t on the need to stop at a porta-potty. It’s so hard to concentrate when you gotta go.

In the days following the race, I wasn’t nearly as sore as I was last year.  Last year, I nearly cried every time I stood up or sat down.  I was sore this year, but not the pain of a thousand knives dicing through my joints. I guess that is proof that I did do a bit of training this year.

Needless to say this year was amazing and I do have a lot more to share over the next few days and weeks, up to half marathon number 3 in February 2016. This is a highlight in itself. Last year, I vowed never to “do this again.”  Guess what? I’m already planning half-marathon number three!

A Short Motivational Running Moment For Grandma

The finishing of a run that is longer than you’ve run in the last 3 weeks can bestow a sense of achievement that is unique and empowering-due to positive brain circuits that are turned on.” ~ Jeff Galloway

I have a feeling that the Disney Princess Half is going to be the longest run I will attempt in the next three weeks. It makes me nervous and excited all at the same time!  Funny thing though, I’m already planning for next year!

The Mental Part of Running

I have to agree with the experts, running isn’t just a physical sport. Of course, if you’ve been happily ensconced on your couch like I was for many years, the physical part is going to be a bit of struggle to begin with. The mentality that invades your brain definitely, however, is a huge factor.

I remember the feeling I had when I “ran” my first half marathon. As soon as I crossed the start line, I practically set myself up for failure. I looked down the road and it seemed like there was no end in sight. I felt the walls of air (is that even possible) feeling like they were compressing me from all sides and keeping me at a standstill. I tried using the trees as a measure. If I could just get from this tree line to that tree line, but it felt like no matter how fast I went it took forever to move an inch. I psyched myself into being tired; I psyched myself into figuring out which mile marker to quit. I was concentrating so hard on the negative that I didn’t enjoy the on-course entertainment, let alone the cheering crowds as we raced through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Fortunately my body, at some point, decided to stop listening to my mind and kept going, mile 6, mile 8, and mile 10… I made a vow that this year would be different. This year, I am actually preparing myself mentally. I fear it might be like getting on the Tower of Terror, I’m big talk until it comes time to buckle in; then my stomach drops and “what did I just get myself in to” sets in. I’m working on it though. I’m working on not giving in to that initial panic that I’ll be picked up along the course. I want to smile at the cheering crowds. Most importantly, take pride in the fact that I set to toe-to-line in the first place.