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I don't think you will regret this decision, although a better subject for your post would be "No more non stop running for me," as run/walk/run is running as far as I am concerned. You probably know that Jeff Galloway is 70 and qualified for Boston last year. He runs at least 12 marathons a year, and all of his running is run/walk/run. I don't there's anyone who would say that he is not running. His running program has arguably preserved his legs into old(er) age. Many (if not most) of his professional peers from the "old days" cannot say the same.
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I am 65 and have run about 20 marathons since the age of 60. My best time is 4:35, although I'm not in that shape now. But 5 to 6 hour marathons are/were common for me, all using run/walk/run.

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After 2 years and 1600 klms of running - C25K, B210K and 49 parkruns - mostly done non-stop but with some longer Galloway style "races" - 14K and 21.1K - I think that I have decided to use run/walk, wogging, Scout's pace (call it what you want) for all distances from now on. I have in the past achieved an under 30 minute non-stop 5K parkrun, but increasingly I am feeling that I am not enjoying the seeming neverendingness of non-stop running - a slow 30/30 10K run/walk last Thursday left me feeling accomplished and happy. This week's 5K non-stop parkrun at a pace 2 minutes per Klm slower than my PB (it is summer and hot here!) left me feeling unhappy.

I have been increasingly aware that mixing with many runners who frequent parkrun and my local running club has been both a delight for me and a bit of a "trap". I have attempted to utilize both run/walking and running non-stop for longer/shorter distances - but it seems to me that they are basically incompatible. So - having now turned 69, I do believe that adopting run/walk as the "style" of my exercising, I will be able to keep it up far into the future.

After Christmas, we are doing a long 7 week cruise which will mean that I will have to run almost solely using a treadmill - but I now have a direction for the future - have signed up for a 10K "race" that I ran non-stop last year and intend to do my second HM in July -- and am eyeing off the extremely remote possibility of the Honolulu marathon next December (but would have to talk to some 5-6 hour marathoners before I could dream any further of that) :)

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