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Gallowalker

noun; blending and clipping
A person who uses Jeff Galloway’s principles of taking walking breaks during a long race in order to be able to complete longer distances than they would be able to if they ran the entire course Jeff Galloway is famous in the running community for his advice that runners take walking breaks during their runs. Using his strategy (usually one minute of walking per five minutes of running), many people have completed distances (especially marathons) longer than they would have otherwise been able to if they had tried to run the entire way. More competitive runners look down on Galloway: they believe that running should be reserved for those who can run the entire way, and they get frustrated that non-athletic types are joining their sport. They often complain about “gallowalkers” getting in their way during races, but the competitive runners are usually way ahead of the gallowalkers. This term was coined because it’s a short, convenient, catchy way to refer to this phenomenon that is easy to understand – most runners know who Jeff Galloway is, and everybody knows what walking is.
 
Rather than branding her a Gallowalker, I would say she has a head start into interval training.
Etymology : gallo clipped from proper name ‘Galloway’ + walker ‘Middle English walken, from Old English wealcan, to roll’
Source : Do It Sports Network’s Discussion forums
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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