Question, How did you work up your miles, did you do the run/walk or did you just run the entire time? I ask because...I am unsure what I want to do for my half training! When I first started running last June, I did a walk/run program- and I enjoyed it, but at that time my goal was just to be able to run about an hour and not stop. When I first started I could only run for a minute or two! That program worked great, in fact I quickly moved up and skipped "levels", since I was already in decent shape so I ended up sort of making my own program to fit my needs/level. Since last September, I've been running anywhere from 3-6 miles consistently on each run, I usually run 3x a week, but with winter it's been more like twice a week and my longer run is more like 4-5 miles with an occasional 6 when the weather is nice. Today I just did 6.9!
BUT, now that I have a half marathon coming up in October, I'm unsure now what to do for my long runs, I've read a lot of info that recommends doing the run/walk. But, I worry that if I start inserting walking breaks my body will get used to that...and then have to wean off them- I want to be able to run the entire 13 miles. The main reason I am debating is that I can keep a decent pace about 11 1/2 min mile (which is good for me, lol) going say up to 7 miles. But I am pretty sure I could not keep it up any longer miles-wise. I usually end my 5-6-7 mile runs like I want to DIE. I read in a Galloway book that adding the walking breaks gives you extra stamina to reach the higher miles and you should finish a run like you could go for LONGER. Anyway, I am unsure, do I lower my pace and insert some walk breaks to get up my miles? Or do you think I should just keep only running as long as I can?
Thanks for any feedback!
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