Well well well! That was an unexpected break! I didn’t intend to stay away so long, but other things have kept me pretty busy. Yes, I am a surprised as you, apparently it’s normal to maintain some kind of life outside of running.
Anyway, today I want to talk about walking and running. When I first started, I thought that as long as you kept running, you were a Serious Runner. My goal for the first race I ever ran was to finish without needing to walk, and this is something that’s been consistent in my running since.
I knew the run-walk was a great way to build up running strength and stamina, I never considered it for my own training. Not that I’m some ultra-speedy running machine, but I was part of the ‘Walking’s Cheating’ club. It’s similar to the ‘Eating’s Cheating’ club for nights out (of which I am not a member), in that it can work for some people, but can also be a bad idea if you push it too hard.
But if last year was all about building a base for my marathon training, this year is all about being kind and chilling out. It turns out you can do that without compromising on standards. Sort of. I mean, you can’t go hardcore intervals while taking it easy, but you can run distance and relative speed.
So I’ve introduced some walks during my runs: once I reach the top of a hill, or after a block of running. At first it took a bit of getting used to, but now I like it. It keeps the stitches at bay, and I also noticed that I finish stronger.
It turns out I’m not the only one who’s come across this gem: today one of my Facebook friends posted this article, which noted that those who incorporated some walks during a marathon not only finished at a similar time, but also had similar heart rates, and finished feeling better:
One of my favourite bloggers, Shut Up and Run, wrote this post about marathon advice, and number 7 on her list is to walk through the water stations. Not only can you drink your drink without pouring it all down you, but she also says it also gives you some time to regroup. If there’s one time you should be kind to yourself, it’s during a marathon, so giving yourself time to hydrate and chill (even if it’s for a minute – when you’re not running, you’re not thinking about maintaining your pace!).
After more research, I found this article on RunnersWorld.com which really highlights the benefits of the run-walk, and looks at some triggers to use it effectively. Personally, I’m guilty of pushing through leg pain at the end of a long run, and for losing form as I get tired. I’m one of life’s high achievers, and it’s great to know that it’s ok to walk during your run… you’re not being weak, you’re just being smart!
On a completely separate note, has anyone seen American Horror Story? I’m only on episode three, and it’s soooooo creepy. But I can’t stop watching! I have it on now, and SB is out, so I’m trapped in my living room until he gets home. Because I am too scared to go into the kitchen. Yes, I’m in my thirties, people.