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First run/walking

Friday, April 13, 2012

I always like to try what I read about,
so this morning I tried the run/walk method, even if it was only a short run (the same 2.65 miles I ran yesterday in 28:06).
I started slower than usual, focused on quick leg turnover and had 3 short walk breaks, and didn't feel any difference.
Guess what?
I finished in 27:36 today. Interesting.
Not a big surprise though, this is exactly what the book said (walk breaks let you run faster and with better form during the running periods, so overall speed is faster).
Observers might have thought I'm a wimp, but I cannot be a wimp if I'm actually running faster, can I? ; )

Looking forward to try it on my long run on Sunday.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HAKAPES 4/15/2012 9:43AM

    I also noticed that intervals make me faster.
The running technique also increases a lot when someone changes from no-technique to any-technique (Pose, Chi, barefoot, etc.).

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SUNSHINE20113 4/15/2012 3:43AM

    I'm a true believer in the walk/ run principle. That's how I got started jogging! I think it makes a huge difference and is a lot kinder on your joints. I still walk a lot as part of my training.

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SHARON10002 4/14/2012 11:46PM

    emoticon Good for you! emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 4/14/2012 11:59AM

    Last summer, when I was more consistent with my running, I was surprised at how much faster my overall time was when I allowed myself some walking intervals. Hopefully it'll work out really well for your long run tomorrow!
You made me smile, because I tend to think I'm going to look wimpy to observers when I stop to walk, too. At the same time, though, I don't particulary want them to see me run either! Too much jiggling! emoticon

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FROGGGY13 4/14/2012 11:07AM

    Great! I'm curious how it goes on Sunday.

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ABETTERBETTY 4/14/2012 9:26AM

    I walk/run also. But I do it cause I can't run very far or fast yet. But I will get there. Way to go in the better time.

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TEMPEST272002 4/13/2012 9:47PM

    Isn't it cool to have discovered that you go faster by slowing down occassionally? I don't think faster is wimpier at all!

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BRIAN36 4/13/2012 7:21PM

    I'm so glad to hear you had a good result out of the gate. I've found the same thing. I think it might be mental because we're more apt to run faster if we know we're going to get a break.

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BOBCATGIRL76 4/13/2012 3:37PM

    Ha ha. I've always done interval running but that's simply because I'm not in good enough shape to run constantly. But I've always found the breaks do allow me to feel better during the running periods.

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RG_DFW 4/13/2012 11:47AM

    Way to go!!!

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AEGISHOT 4/13/2012 11:40AM

    Really!!! Nice to hear that, its good you trying new things.

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