Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Running with Friends - The Galloway Training Group

Do you run with a group, or do you prefer the time all alone? I've only ever run with my husband and on occasion my sister and her friend. However, I'm so curious to see what training and running with a group is like.

Jeff Galloway has several training groups all over the U.S.  sadly, there isn't one in my area but maybe there is one in yours!

THE POWER OF THE GROUP

The fun of running with a group pulled me into the sport 57 years ago.  Running and training with my friends Steve Prefontaine, Frank Shorter Bill Rodgers, brought out the best of running in me—while we became good friends, and Olympians.  As I travel the US this season, for our Galloway training program kickoffs, I see the same fun, support and friendship development.  I hope to see many of you at our free clinics.  Here are the ways I’ve observed runners of all abilities improve more and have more fun when in the right group.

1. Great friendships
2. The miles go by quicker—telling stories, sharing life experiences
3. Guidance in running with the right group for you, with the appropriate run walk run strategy
4. Because the group is waiting for you, you will stay motivated and get out there more often
5. You’ll learn about some interesting races, places to run, fun running experiences
6. On the really tough workouts and races, the group will pull you through
7. Access to tools for management of nutrition, fluids, motivation, aches/pains
8. The right group leadership can fine-tune the pace of each workout, avoiding injury/exhaustion
9. Helping others who are struggling bestows an amazing sense of achievement
10. Sharing the empowerment of finishing a long run can change your life

Most groups, like our Galloway programs allow runners to try them out for free.  Together we can celebrate fitness and inspire others to improve the quality of their lives.

Highlights of this year’s Galloway Training Programs:

  • Discount on the Jeff Galloway 13.1 and Barb’s 5K LINK
  • 50% discount of Jeff Galloway’s Running Schools and Blue MT Beach Retreats
  • Discounts on Phidippides products – Jeff’s store and the original running specialty store LINK
  • Discounts on ElliptiGO, my favorite way to cross train outside
  • Discounts on Pacific Health Products Accelerade & Endurox
  • Discounts on Cooper Complete vitaminsLink
  • Galloway Alumni hat available just for those who have been a part of our team before
  • Newly redesigned Galloway Training medal to celebrate completion of this year’s program
 
Question: Would you consider training with a group? 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Life Update - Part 1.

I can hardly believe we are creeping up on the half way point for 2015! 

What??? 

I have so much to share, but some of it I'm not exactly sure how to share so for now... Here are some of the happenings from the first part of our year! 

- resigned from my job to stay home with my babies. 
- ran a Marathon (actually, the goofy challenge at Disney)
- said bye bye to our doggies (they are "on vacation" at Abuelas) 
- had a baby
- got our condo ready to sell
- moved to Ft. Myers (husband got a new job) 

There are lots of other little things, but those are the biggest and the crazy part is... The last three all happened between March and April... 

So, how am I doing? I'm exhausted. I miss my home, I miss having my mother in law drop by with  fresh (warm) banana bread, I miss my church, I miss so many things... 

In fact

I've cried so hard at times my chest hurt.

But... When I see my husband walk in the door from work, and he's happy, Genuinely happy to be working in a field he worked so hard to be a part of, and when we sit around the table as a family of four to eat dinner, I know we are right where God led us to be. 

From the moment he scheduled the interview, I felt God telling me it would all be okay. 

Yes, I've cried a fair amount of tears in the last few weeks. 

Yes, I miss our home and life in Miami. 

The answer is yes. 

But when I stop and think about it, the four most important people in my life are here. 

And it is alright! 

So, here's to the rest of 2015 and our new adventure in Fort Myers. 

Photo Credit: Vincent Hogan, The League of Extraordinary Artists 

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