Those programs are designed with walk days for a reason! Those days are "recovery" days!! If you run too much, you're going to get injured - your body needs time to push the lactic acid out of the muscles in your legs. It does this best when you use "moving recovery," or walking (or other light activities - swimming or water-walking, gentle yoga, etc) as opposed to just sitting around. If you do your walk/runs one day and then run solid instead of walk the next this early in your running career, the lactic acid will accumulate in your muscles and you will be more prone to injury. Your running plan was designed by an experienced runner or coach who knows what they're doing. Trust the process. There will be plenty of time to take those long, uninterrupted runs in the future. Do you really want to put it at risk by being an overachiever?
current weight: 166.4
Fitness Minutes: (3,441) Posts: 171 3/9/10 2:35 P
That's good advice (about not skipping weeks). I imagine part of the reason I feel so accomplished is because I'm hitting the goals according to the plan. If I start skipping around I'm likely to underachieve, and where's the motivation in that?
When I began my running with walking & running intervals - I would do my program 4 - 6 times in one week. So, if you aren't having any problems - I'm not sure why you would need an entire day for just walking.
But, I would encourage you not to skip weeks in the program. I remember feeling tempted to do that too. I thought I could handle more. But I was encouraged to stay within the program because I needed to build the endurance that the program offers.
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Fitness Minutes: (3,441) Posts: 171 3/9/10 12:51 P
As update to my earlier post, I did skip my walking day and went right to another run. I also found myself feeling the groove and breathing great at the 18 minute mark, so instead of taking a minute of walking at 23 minutes, I just ran out the rest of my time. Total = 12 minutes straight.
And I feel great! I believe I skipped ahead to week 5. I'm going to pick up the schedule at 12 minutes in week 5 and go from there. No sense holding myself back if I feel strong enough, is there?
I'm on an 8-week program of running/walking to work up to a 30-minute run. I'm doing the walking segments (I'm up to running for six minutes, walking for one, and cycling through).
But on Tuesdays and Thursday, I'm supposed to just do a 30-minute easy walk. The first couple weeks, I was glad for the break. But now I'm feeling really great during the running, and I believe I could press through and "skip" the walking days altogether, and introduce more running minutes sooner.
Does anyone know of a reason that I *shouldn't* skip the "days off" walking?
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