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The Run Walk Run Method· Paperback – June 1, 2016
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- Publisher : Meyer & Meyer Sport; 2nd edition (June 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782550828
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782550822
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You can get everything you might want to know from reading a couple of jogging websites, or doing the couch to 5k program. This book adds nothing. Moreover, it is full of assertions not backed by any research whatsoever, and some downright false claims. For example, when discussing nutrition, Galloway states that dietary fat has no purpose except to make you fat (i.e., that its only use in the body is to be converted to body fat, and that your body cannot do anything else where it). This is blatantly incorrect. The book is also essentially an advertisement for what I assume must be some sort of sponsoring sports supplement company -- Galloway says that your body needs high-sugar sports drinks pre-, during, and post-run. Again, this is incorrect. You can get all you need with *actual food* at a fraction of the cost.
Galloway might have a lot of running experience under his belt, but this book pushes a bunch of crap. He's clearly after profit, and doesn't actually want to provide people with good information.
Overall, the book has some interesting information in it, but it's got a lot of fluff. It doesn't read like a cohesive book, but rather like each chapter is a separate pamphlet written to extol some feature of the run-walk-run method. Thus, the book is very repetitive. One of the basic issues is that taking walk breaks while you run isn't very complicated. A lot of people do it out of necessity. So it's hard to take that advice and stretch it out to 190 pages, let alone the industry that Jeff Galloway has created.
The actual nugget of hard information: running a mile and using that pace to recommend the amount of walking and running, and then making adjustments based on weather and injury is unique to Galloway's method. That portion of the book is good and I don't regret buying the book because of it. But again, it can be described in 10 pages and a lot of that is online at Jeff Galloway's website.
Finally, there is some useful advice about the mental aspects of the Run-Walk-Run method and whether this is a lesser sport than continuous running. That's interesting but again it's a few pages' worth of material.
The book is written for beginners, but is missing a lot of information. It lists target pace ranges for each scenario, but neglects to mention that the pace listed is the net pace with the run and walk. So if it recommends a 14 min/mile pace with 1 minute running and 30 second walking, that 14 minute includes the walk portion, the run portion will necessarily be faster. I was able to find that on some Galloway forum and a Galloway minion said it was a common question. But if it's a common question, they should put it in the book! The book doesn't really say you should find a Galloway trainer, but after considering all the details that are left out, I wonder if that's not part of the message.
I would recommend that people interested in this book visit Jeff Galloway's website. Galloway has a couple running exercises described in the book: the Cadence Drill and the Acceleration Glider which made no sense to me in the book. But on Galloway's website he has links to YouTube videos where he demonstrates them and those are very helpful.
There's enough information in here that I don't regret buying it, but I'd recommend people look for a used copy and look at his videos.
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You could probably get the bulk of need-to-know content online. Not really value for money in my opinion.