What do run/walk speeds mean?
Most runners want to keep track of their pace. Its how we measure many sessions. So what happens to your overall pace when you combine running and walking? You slow down, obviously. But not as much as you might think.
The following table shows per-mile paces for someone who runs a mile at his or her normal pace, then walks for 60 seconds before running the next mile. These estimates assume that you walk at a steady (but not fast) pace between running efforts.
doing the 2007 great scottish run 10k tomorrow intending to run all the time but
walking /lolloping breaks are quite likely.
previous 10k events were a run/walk joy to do.
it's good hearing how original marathon runners included walking as well.
They also took a perfectly British view of hydration, drinking tea all the way round!
I don't see it as a' cop out ' at all ! I recently did my first half and as had some injury problems decided to run walk from the start. I think it actually takes some discipline to do it right from the beginning when you actually feel fine, and it certainly enabled me to complete the race ( faster than I'd predicted if I'd run it all ) without any further damage to my poorly back and hip . Mentally and physically the short and structured walk breaks helped enormouslyand have now made me think that a marathon is within my reach.....and I would definitely use the same technique.
PS. I should also add that I am a bit of a purist by nature so me not seeing this as a cop out is quite something !
Well done on Dublin Lardarse ! Will you be doing another ?
I'm not sure I agree with the concept of walk breaks only for when one is ' not fit enough on the day '.
I would plan to do them as with a chronic injury problem they give muscles a break and prevent a gradual spasming up.
I'm sure there's always been lots of discussion about the pros and cons and everyone will have different opinions....I just think it's great that everyone is out there exercising to whatever level !
If people want to run/walk, run or walk the whole thing, thats fine, personally i wanted to run it, i didn't care how long it took, i just wanted to say i ran the whole way. I wouldn't have entered with a chronic injury, it's a risky business as it is, sadly one man lost his life at Dublin last year, running when unfit or i'll would be irresponsible.
Like i said, it was just that people were running to the start line and then walking, isn't that pointless?
I'm currently training for the Athens classic marathon on November 4, can't wait, no expectations, just want to beat Dublins time. Never been to Greece, love the history.
Entered 2008 FLM as well, waiting for the ballot
What are your running plans sarah?
i could see the benefit of running/walking for tranining purpose only. For the race it would have to be a soild run, cos i don't see you could improve your PB by running/walking!
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