The Florida Track Club honored one of its longest standing members and most notable runners, Jeff Galloway, on Monday, inducting the author and Olympian as the first member of the FTC’s newly formed Hall of Fame.
In front of a crowd of about 50, Florida Track Club Vice President Rob Barnes said the club had decided that something special was in order for Galloway’s visit. Unbeknownst to just about everybody in attendance, that something special was the creation of the FTC Hall of Fame and the induction of its first member.
Here’s a 4-minute video I shot of the induction, beginning with Barnes’ introduction of Galloway:
Galloway spoke, in all, for about half an hour at Monday’s meeting and answered every question the FTC crowd threw at him.
Here are some tips and advice I took away from Galloway’s talk:
- Runners need to drink water and eat sugar during runs.
- Galloway suggested drinking two to four oz. of water every two to four miles of running. Eating sugar during a run, be it hard candy, sugar cubes or even “sugar packs from McDonald’s,” is also essential because the brain, without enough sugar, will begin to shut the body down, Galloway said.
- Runners should walk periodically during runs.
- Galloway, throughout his talk, emphasized the importance of rest for runners. Whether it be reducing the number of training days per week or taking walk breaks during runs, rest allows runners to maximize performance and avoid injury.
- For every hour of running, humans extend their lives by two hours.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve read that smoking a cigarette cuts seven minutes off one’s life. Quit smoking + start running = live longer!
- Thousands of runners have hurt themselves trying to run barefoot or in minimalist footwear.
- Galloway joked that orthopedists and podiatrists have benefited the most from the barefoot-running movement. While I don’t necessarily agree that the practice should be avoided altogether, as Galloway seemed to suggest, I do think overdoing it in minimalist footwear is a surefire recipe for injury.
- Running releases endorphins, which makes you feel good!
- Galloway said that while he has many times felt crappy at some point during a run, and has a few times felt awful throughout an entire run, he has never not felt good after a run. He said he runs six days a week so as not to miss out on any potential endorphins.
For more training tips from the master, visit Jeff Galloway’s official website.
Want to come out to the next Florida Track Club meeting? Head over to the FTC website for dates and times.