At the Fit for a Princess Expo, I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Galloway. Not only did I get to meet him, I got to spend a good five minutes chatting with him and discussing my training plans. I had heard rumors that the runDisney booth had a few opening for the Disneyland Half Marathon for princesses, so I made the runDisney booth my second stop at the Expo. When I got to the runDisney booth, there he was, chatting with other runners and encouraging them.
I immediately went up to him and introduced myself, not knowing what to expect. Wow, was I blown away. We started chatting as if we were old friends. He asked me about what training I was doing and how it was working for me. I told him I was a big fan of his run/walk/run method. He thanked me for following his program and then asked me about my future goals. I told him I would like to get faster and that maybe one day in the future I would like to do a full marathon. After intently listening to me, he gave me lots of advice as to what intervals to do. Another runner came up behind me, so I knew my time was up. I asked Jeff if we could get a quick picture and then thanked him for all of his help.
Lots of background information on Jeff Galloway can be found here. What I loved most about him before I meet him is his belief that anyone can be a half or even full marathon, if they follow a proper training plan. I believe that too—that people are capable of extraordinary things, if they just try. After meeting him, I have a new respect for him. He genuinely cares about getting to know and helping runners meet their goals. One thing I regret is not being able to make it to one of his lectures at the Expo, but my schedule did not allow it.
Do you follow the Galloway plan? Did you get to meet Jeff at the Expo or listen to a lecture? What did you think of it?
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