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11/19/13 7:34 P

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Same for me..... I am faster and stronger using walk breaks.

The longer the distance the stronger and faster overall I am. I usually train for HMs. I can sustain a much faster pace for this distance than if I ran straight and feel good after.

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11/19/13 4:08 P

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Thanks everyone! I will definitely have to experiment with different intervals!

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Yes, I am faster with run/walk. I think you have diagnosed it correctly, your legs stay fresher longer and your heart rate doesn't get a high as quickly. I think there is also a mental side to it. Knowing you are going to get a break makes it easier, mentally, to sustain a pace.

I use shorter intervals for my ratios than you do. My walks are shorter but more frequent. I am faster at :45/:15 than at 3/1, for example, even though they are the same ratio of run to walk. Since you are used to running straight, you might experiment with shorter, more frequent walk breaks. A 4/1 ratio could be :40/:10 or 1:00/:15 or 1:20/:20 or 2:00/:30. You might be surprised.

Jeff Galloway used :30/:15 for his last marathon where he was going for a BQ.

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Same here. My 5k PR (not that it's a fantastic number-lol) is with run/walk/run.

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11/19/13 12:56 P

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That's exactly how it works for me! I'm faster when I use run/walk/run than when I try to just run. And I enjoy it.

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11/19/13 12:43 P

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I've been running pretty regularly for the past 5 years, and though I've dabbled with run/walk/run before, I've pretty much always stuck with running straight-through. However, I frequently am plagued with knee injuries and have heard that run/walk/run might be better on my knees, so after taking a month and a half off from running to let my knee feel better, I started run/walk/run last week and have been doing that for all of my runs recently. What I've noticed is that not only do I feel stronger during my runs, but I am actually running faster! Has anyone else noticed this? Is it because my legs are getting a break and thus I can push myself a little bit harder during the run intervals? Right now I am doing 4:1 ratio. I have two 5ks coming up, and I am planning to do them both using run/walk/run and am interested to see how my run times will compare!

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