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Are You Busier Than Oprah Winfrey?

“I don’t run because I don’t have the time.”

“I’m too busy to run.”

“Running won’t fit into my schedule.”

“I want to run, but there’s no time.”

“I’ll have to give up too much time to run.”

Running Late

Sound familiar?

I get it. We all live and work in a busy world. A world full of personal, family, and family, and financial responsibilities.

“Time Is Money”

In today’s economy, now more than ever, we’re driven by mounting pressure to pile on the tasks that turn a profit. A recent Business Insider article notes that people believe that taking time for themselves equates to loss of money.

So with money on everyone’s minds, who has time for personal care and enjoyment?

Time is Money

At What Cost?

With a schedule that includes raising 4 kids—a tween and 3 toddlers—running a small day-care, and launching the only Jeff Galloway running program in the Twin Cities, my days and weeks fly by in a blur. It’s so easy to let the demands of my responsibilities take priority over my personal well-being.

If I’m not careful, I’m not scheduling time for my own needs.

But I tell you what. I make time to run. If I don’t schedule a run during the week or weekend, the pressure of taking care of all those other responsibilities becomes insurmountable.

I become unhappy, unsettled, and careless about my health. My healthy eating habits suffer. My sleep suffers. And my emotions start getting the best of me.

Everyone should take time out of their hectic schedules to enjoy activities like running because it leads to life enjoyment.

What does all the money in the world mean if you don’t take time for yourself?

Famously Busy Runners

I’m not the only busy person who makes the time to run. Take a look at these famously busy people. They all have one thing in common. They all run.

Oprah Winfrey, American Media Proprietor

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States

Al Roker, Co-host of the Today Show

Bobby Flay, Chef and Food Network Personality

Paul Ryan, United States Representative, Wisconson

Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States

Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Co-host of the View

Kate Gosslin, Mother of 8 and TV Personality

Are you busier than Oprah Winfrey or mother of 8, Kate Gosslin?

The Good News

You still have time to enjoy life and become a runner. You can still be financially responsible and run. For a minimal time commitment you can discover the life-changing benefits of running and join the Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Running Group. Your age and running experience do not matter.

The best part is you only have to make time for two 30-minute runs during the week and one group run on Saturday mornings.

Want to train for a couch to 5k and run the Minneapolis Get In Gear 5k on April 26? Our Getting Started Group begins in March 9.

How about a half marathon? We’re training for the July 4 Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon. Training begins on March 16. We have a limited number of guaranteed entries to this race. Register now to receive your guaranteed race entry code!

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

Don’t let time slip by. Make running your happy hour!

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Get Inspired For Your Entire Training Season… In One Evening! FREE

Are you part of a Minneapolis Running Group? Are you kicking off your half marathon or marathon training season soon? Are you a beginner runner in the Twin Cities? Well, you don’t want to miss this FREE opportunity!

Olympian Jeff Galloway is coming one day only for the Official Launch of the NEW Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Running Groups!

Imagine you’re running your very first half marathon.

You’ve arrived at your first race expo excited but nervous … in less than 24 hours, you’ll be approaching the starting line. With every step toward the table to receive your race bib, your heartbeat quickens like it’s already race day.

Then something catches your side vision and you realize something greater. For the first time in your life you’re in the same room with an Olympian. Jeff Galloway, one of the nation’s top leaders in running is at the expo giving advice.

You decide you have to meet him and though you don’t say much because you’re so nervous, you’re still affected by his energy; his motivational force of positivity.

Just standing next to him for those precious moments you realize that you can run this half marathon race. You buy his book and on the inside cover he writes just for you, “Stay positive!” which are the two words that will drive you to the race’s starting line.

This was my first experience meeting Jeff Galloway and now it’s your turn.

You have to meet Jeff Galloway

Here’s your chance to experience inspiration that will carry you through your running journey. Jeff is an Olympian, a respected leader, and creator of the Run/Walk/Run™ method of injury free running. But Jeff is also one of the most positive and motivating people you will ever meet. He will kickstart the motivation you need for your training season.

Join the excitement

Come on out because a Jeff Galloway appearance in Minneapolis is rare. Don’t miss out on your opportunity.

Jeff Galloway will be here for one day only for a FREE event. Jeff will meet our training group members and the Minneapolis/St. Paul running community. Here’s your chance to learn about his injury free running philosophy and to get your running questions answered.

Do you have a nagging running injury that just won’t go away? Calf Cramps, sore arches, tight hamstrings? Well, Jeff will be on hand with instant solutions to your running challenges.

Olympian Jeff Galloway was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team in the 10k distance. He is most notably recognized as the national leader in injury free running. For more than 30 years, Galloway’s Run/Walk/Run™ method has inspired and motivated thousands of runners to run for a lifetime. With a high rate of injury free success, Jeff Galloway’s training programs enable many runners to cross finish lines with personal best times.

Share the Excitement

Jeff Galloway is a recognized leader in the entire running community.

Last week I met with representatives of several other training groups here in the Twin Cities. When I mentioned Jeff Galloway’s visit on March 21, they scrambled to write down the details for themselves and their runners.

Here are the details because you’ll want to be in the same room as Olympian Jeff Galloway!

This one time FREE meet and greet event will be held at Minneapolis Washburn High School in the lunchroom on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm. Come out and discover the truth about injury free running.

Representatives from our target races will also be on hand to give away prizes, answer your event questions, and get you registered! Run a 5k or half marathon with us! 

Get in Gear 5k April 27, 2013
Red White and Boom Half Marathon July 4, 2013

Don’t wait! Join our couch to 5k Getting Started Training Group or Half Marathon Training Group.

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

Our giveaway prizes include a Gymboss Interval Timer, Jeff Galloway Personal Running Journal, Free Race Entry to the 2013 Get In Gear 5k, and more.

This event and the prize giveaways are not limited to Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Training Group members. The event is free and open to the public. However, you must be present in order to enter to win giveaway prizes. Winners will be chosen randomly.

Have you ever been fortunate enough to meet Jeff Galloway? Share your experience by adding your comment.


Hate Running? Blame Your Gym Class

Think back to your middle and high school years. Or maybe you’d rather forget those difficult years of trying to survive with your dignity and body image intact.

Gym class was the absolute worst.

I dreaded gym. Every sport seemed designed to prove just how slow, awkward, and uncoordinated I was. Even when I experienced a rare moment of wonder-woman strength during the volleyball unit and my 5’4″ frame spiked the ball on the tallest boy in class, I felt more embarrassed than victorious. He was embarrassed too. And retaliated by slamming a stinging shot to my leg.

And then there was the 1-mile run we had to do twice a year. As far as I could tell, the sole purpose of the 1-mile test was to remind me that I wasn’t built for running more than once around the track. I grew to hate distance running and all through my 20s, I refused to run any further than a mile. I was intimidated and fully programmed by years of bad gym classes to believe I’d never be a runner.

What if I told you that everything you learned in gym class about running was wrong?

Instead of using running as a tool to point out weaknesses, what if your gym teacher had taught you the life-long benefits of running?

  • How it creates brain cells and makes you smarter the same way that body muscles grow stronger from exercise.
  • How the controlled environment of running reduces stress and anxiety in other areas of life.
  • That you can burn anywhere from 50 to 130 calories per mile running depending on heart rate and walk breaks.
  • How it does not have to hurt if you distribute the workload among a variety of muscles in the form of walk breaks.
  • That running can lead to greater confidence and joy about life and exercise.
  • How running is for a lifetime, even till you’re 100.

Guess what! You can still learn to love running and exercise. And embrace all of its benefits. 

You can even run a marathon!

With the Minneapolis Jeff Galloway Running Groups, you will be able to relearn running the injury free, confidence-boosting way. You will:

  • Learn how to run a realistic pace that is right for you. Forget the dreaded mile … and embrace the Magic Mile.
  • Learn how to include walk breaks into every run to keep your legs fresh with a high rate of endorphin production. Experience the runner’s high.
  • Run a race … and finish strong and injury free.
  • Learn the tools to become a runner for the rest of your life.
  • Experience specialty clinics like how to buy the right shoes, pre- and post-run stretching, nutrition, running form, and strength building.

Join us for Saturday morning runs in groups that match your pace level. Our couch-to-5k Getting Started program starts in less than 2 weeks. Our half marathon training begins March 16.

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

If you want more information regarding our program, contact us. We’re happy to help you run injury free!

Make running your happy hour!

What did you learn in gym class that holds you back from running, exercising, or trying something new? What type of exercise have you desired to re-learn?

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What Mars Blackmon Can Teach You About the Importance of Running Shoes

Raise your hand if you remember the athletic shoe ad campaign with Michael Jordan and Mars Blackmon (played by Spike Lee).

In one ad, Mars begs Michael Jordan to reveal the secret of his basketball magic. After Jordan repeatedly rebuffs him, Mars concludes, “It’s gotta be the shoes!”

Take 30 seconds to refresh your memory.

Of course, Jordan was right to insist that his shoes had nothing to do with his on-court success.

But Mars wasn’t wrong, either.

The great thing about running is you don’t need to buy expensive gear or clothing to be a runner. Not as a beginner. Not as a world record holder. You’re good to go with a pair of shorts, a shirt, socks, and shoes.

But not just any ol’ pair of shoes from the back of the closet. Shoes are the most important piece of equipment a runner owns. Investing in the right shoes for your feet can improve your performance and prevent injury.

I learned this the hard way when I began training for my first half marathon. After an otherwise ordinary 6-mile run, I experienced severe knee pain. The culprit wasn’t my running form; it was my running shoes.

In the past, I’d always gone to national athletic shoe stores, the kind you find at any shopping mall. This time I decided to try a local store that specialized in running shoes. A store owned and staffed by runners who are knowledgeable and passionate about running.

With their patient guidance, I tried on every neutral gait running shoe in the store. I walked in them. I ran in them. I jumped up and down in them. When I finally found my perfect shoe, it felt like I’d found my sole mate (pun intended). In these new running shoes, running suddenly felt like flying.

3 Essential Facts about Running Shoes

I came away from that shoe-buying experience with more than a pair of shoes. I also received an education. Here’s what I learned.

  1. Every beginner runner or established runner should have a proper, in-store running shoe consultation. Proper shoes that match your running style are essential to preventing common running injuries such as black toe nails, sore arches, plantar fasciitis, and knee pain.
  2. Running shoes have a life span and do not last forever. They’ll last about 400 miles before the cushion begins to wear too thin and you become vulnerable to injury. Some people start shopping for new shoes after 300 miles.
  3. Your running shoe needs to have enough room for your feet and toes to move. According to Runner’s World on buying the right running shoes, “You should be able to pinch a quarter inch of upper material along the widest part of your foot.”

There’s one more thing I learned: The value of supporting locally-owned stores. My local running store offered excellent consultation in a friendly, no-pressure environment. For no more money than I’d have paid at a national chain.

I resumed my training with no more knee pain.

It’s gotta be the shoes.

Not only do we support a good pair of running shoes, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Running Groups are dedicated to running injury free. We start in 2 weeks with a couch to 5k Getting Started training program and a half marathon training program. Cross finish lines with us using the Galloway Run/Walk/Run™ method. Specialty clinics are included in the program with a featured shoe clinic at a local running store on Saturday, March 16.

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

For more information, contact us.

What about you? What’s your favorite local running store in the Twin Cities area or elsewhere? 

Is Pain Sabotaging Your Running Program?

Have you tried running only to be stopped by common running injuries?

Common Running Injury

  • Knee Pain
  • Calf Cramps
  • Sore Ankles
  • Tender Tendons
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tight Hamstrings
  • Painful Foot Arches
  • Shin Splints

You may have tried RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) after running only to experience the same pain over and over again.

Have you previously attempted a running training program only to arrive at race day unmotivated, burned out, and barely able to finish because of pain or injury?

Does the fear of pain keep YOU from trying to run? Have painful running experiences led you to believe that you HATE running?

Believe me, I’ve been there too.

There was a period in my life when I stopped running because my fear outweighed my desire. Over-weight, postpartum, and with twin boys, I couldn’t imagine running any distance let alone putting on running shoes.

When I finally became a beginner runner again, I felt pain from my hips down to the bottoms of my feet. When calf cramps sidelined me during a race, I finally realized I needed a way to run injury free. I only wish I could have trained for my first half marathon with an injury free method.

Discovering Jeff Galloway’s Run/Walk/Run™ method to injury free running felt like finding a goldmine of resources geared toward my desire to successfully cross finish lines pain and injury free.

What you need to know:

YOU should be able to run without fear of pain because without fear, anything is possible.

And without pain, YOU can run until you’re 100.

Follow these guidelines to pain- and injury-free running:

  • Begin every run with a 5-minute walk.
  • Take walk breaks early and often.
  • Join a running program that gives you direct, one-on-one access to support and a once-a-week group run.
  • Switch your mindset from the high-pressure philosophy of running all-out-till-you-drop to run/walk/run intervals.
  • Rest between long runs.

Not only will you run injury free, you’ll stay motivated from week 1 to race day; no burnout. And you will cross the finish line of every race with enough energy and momentum to set a PR (personal record)!

Put the Fear Aside

Join us for injury free running. Our Minneapolis/St. Paul running groups meet once a week on Saturday mornings beginning in March. We offer training groups for Getting Started 5k and Half Marathon. Click the button to register.

Jeff Galloway, Minneapolis Registration page

Not convinced? Come and try a free fun run with us. Complete our contact form so that we may send you information regarding our Saturday group runs or send an email to

For more information on Jeff Galloway and the Run/Walk/Run™ method, visit his website at

Minneapolis Running Group Begins in March!

Put some spring in your step this Spring. Join our 5k or half marathon training group!

Spring Running Group

Are you searching for a running group in the Twin Cities for this spring?

With the Minneapolis/St. Paul Jeff Galloway Training Group, you’re not just joining a social running group. You’ll learn how to run injury free for life.

If you are a beginner runner and dreaming about your first 5k, we will take the fear and pain out of running.

Your age and ability do not matter. You can run with us injury free!

We offer an 8-week training program complete with one on one support as well as guided group runs for your pace. Our first group run is Saturday, March 9.

You will begin with a 15-minute run/walk/run interval and work your way to a continuous 50-minute run/walk/run interval. We will run the Minneapolis Get in Gear 5k race on April 27 and cross the finish line together! You can do this!

Do you want to train for a half marathon in Minneapolis with a running group?

We’re going to run the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon together as a group on July 4.

Train for this amazing race with us using Jeff Galloway’s Run/Walk/Run™ method.

Join us for our first group run on Saturday, March 16 for a 3-mile run. We will keep you motivated for the entire 16 weeks of training! You will be able to run 13.1 miles injury free! With our training group you will receive one on one support and guided group runs for your pace. Imagine training for a race with enough energy and momentum to finish strong with a PR! 

Register now!

The first Minneapolis-St. Paul Jeff Galloway Training Group season springs into action soon.


Make running your happy hour this Spring!

Have a question or concern? Drop it in the comments section or send an email to

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Empower Your Journey!

Running a race

Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself. – John Bingham

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Register for 5K & Half-Marathon Training

Runners across the finish line

Join us for fun, injury-free group runs!

The Galloway Training Programs are open to anyone who wants to fulfill a lifetime goal… Whether you want to run a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5k, 10 miler or just get started.

We kick off on March 6.

All ages and levels are welcome, from beginners to Boston qualifiers. Let’s Go!


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